Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

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Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is ranked in the 97th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 44 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

87

Top Critic Average

93%

Critics Recommend

Based on 44 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kotaku
Unscored
Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Dec 4, 2018

The action is faster, the controls more responsive, the visuals are sharper and the music is more full and lush. It improves on the original in every way. It’s even a little more sadistic.

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Nintendojo
B-
B-
Dec 26, 2018

Still, the overall experience should prove enjoyable for those looking for a retro inspired action-platformer with a beautifully produced visage; there are just some hurdles you’ll need to clear first.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Dec 11, 2018

One of gaming's great neglected oldies gets a spiritual successor crafted with care and imagination.

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Games Xtreme
Essential
Essential
Jan 8, 2019

There is just so much to this game that it'd take me about three or four thousand words just to describe all of this to you. I mean if you complete one level you move on, right? In most cases that is true for platformers. This is like an open world platformer. You can go back to a level that you might have missed something on or if you just feel like going back, you can. I have never experienced a game like this. Not in this type of genre. So, I can say out of all games I've played, this is one of a kind. To have such freedom to roam back and forth on a platformer, it's brilliant. I'm sure if you are a vet gamer like myself, you'll agree, I'd like to see more games like this. This had some time put into it and I'm not really sure if it's big in the gaming world. If I had the option, I'd promote this game in all channels of gaming.

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Scored Reviews

PSX Brasil
95 / 100
95 / 100
Dec 5, 2018

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a game that defines the expression “love at first sight.” Its presentation is spectacular, the gameplay mechanics are simple without showing any kind of technical problems and the story is basic and fun with characters that you meet throughout the adventure. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a game that deserves to be on your end-of-the-year list of games to be played.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

There's so much to love about Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. From the beautiful visuals to the variety in combat and movement, there are so many reasons to give it a try.

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Video Chums
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2018

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a phenomenal game and one of the best Metroidvanias ever made.

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Bazimag
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

Colorful, stylish and ultimately delightful. a spiritual sequel that manages to bring nearly forgotten pages of video game history to the 8th gen and improve it in every way possible. that's right, Monster Boy is game that lots of old franchises dream to be reborn as.

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IGN Italy
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2018

Wonder Boy is finally back, in his greatest adventure yet. An old-school, visually stunning, funny and engrossing adventure.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 4, 2018

We expected Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom to be good. But, honestly, not that good. Visually stunning, faithfull to its ancestors but not chained to them, this game is a true masterpiece, full of great ideas and that can entertain you for a long time if you feel the need to discover all of its very well hidden secrets. A must play.

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The Games Machine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 27, 2018

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom pays homage to the legacy of the Wonder Boy series by refining the solid foundations of those games and forging an excellent metroidvania.

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Nintendo Times
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 28, 2018

EXCELLENT - Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is one of the best Metroidvania games yet for the Nintendo Switch. The graphics are amazing, the music is memorable, the controls are impeccable, and the ability to change into different monsters makes for fresh and exciting gameplay. Difficulty spikes and timed puzzles can be frustrating at times, but they’re a slight blemish on an otherwise fantastic game!

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 5, 2018

Monster Boy is a tremendous accomplishment. It's a gorgeous looking game with a fantastic soundtrack and does its spiritual predecessors proud by nailing the Wonder Boy mechanics while still offering something that will appeal to modern audiences. As long as you can appreciate that it's still very much an old-school game at heart and you're going to get some 8-bit era platforming trickiness as a result, you're going to thoroughly enjoy playing through this adventure for the 12-15 hours it'll take you to beat it. It may not be Wonder Boy by name, but it's definitely wonderful by nature.

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SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 4, 2018

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is everything that you'll want in an official sequel to the Monster World franchise. Regardless of the late game frustrations and spike in difficulty, it is one of the best modern day platformers I have ever played.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

It was so refreshing to see a game like this, especially one that plays and looks as great as it does. Any fan of 2D action games should pick this game up without question, and don’t worry if you’ve never played this series before, I was able to enjoy it fully with absolutely no knowledge of it.

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FingerGuns
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 4, 2018

Monster Boy stands alongside the likes of Celeste and Yoku’s Island Express as truly fantastic representations of the genre, doing enough differently and with enough style, polish and care to ensure it’s kicking and screaming on the doors of the Game of the Year contenders.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 18, 2018

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is one of those brilliant retro throwbacks that captures how games used to feel, but without any of the nonsense that arises from how they actually were. It's consistently entertaining and a blast to play. If you want something to sink your teeth into – human or otherwise – then this is a great choice for sure.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Dec 24, 2018

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is one of the most beautiful adventures of this year, flavored with funny moments and fascinating puzzles in the wizarding world. If you were looking for an exciting hybrid of Rayman Legends and Zelda II, now you have found it.

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Atomix
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jan 8, 2019

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is one of the best surprises of 2018. A great adventure that everyone should play.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

9 / 10
Dec 14, 2018

It might be missing the name but this is the best Wonder Boy game ever made, updating and expanding the original concepts into a perfect mix of new and old.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2018

At last our consoles come Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, it has been a long wait but without a doubt the result has been worth every minute of our patience our hype has been pleasantly satisfied.

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SwitchWatch
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2018
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Spaziogames
8.9 / 10.0
Spaziogames
Valthiel

Top Critic

8.9 / 10.0
Jan 4, 2019

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is the best example of how a development team can revitalize an old series. It is a must have game.

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Gamefa
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2018

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is really one of the best 2D action platforming games that i experienced in 25 years of playing. I really didn't expect this amount of fun and entertaining before starting the game, but it really shocked me with its amazing art style, engaging action and entertaining platforming. The most important thing about Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom's gameplay is the "Balance" that exists between all elements and mechanics of gameplay, specially on using various forms of the protagonist, Jin. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is an amazing spiritual successor to Wonder Boy series and it is absolutely worth your time and money.

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IGN Spain
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2018

A great neo-retro game that manages to be fresh and a perfect homage to some old classic like Wonder Boy.

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Hobby Consolas
86 / 100
86 / 100
Dec 4, 2018

An excellent balance between old school adventures and what we expect from the modern times. If you are not afraid of challenges with a glimpse of complexity, you'll find a colorful, enjoyable adventure.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2018

A great spiritual successor to Wonder Boy. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom does everything right and leaves you without wanting or needing it too do more.

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GearNuke
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2018

Easily one of the best platformers released this generation with striking visuals and great game design. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is an absolute delight from the beginning until the end its epic story campaign.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 20, 2018

Overall, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom met my expectations and exceeded them in certain aspects.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2018

series, except with much better art and music. Some warts do show up, mostly stemming from a steep early difficulty curve and occasionally hard-to-judge hitboxes and jumps, but on the whole, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a fabulous entry in a relatively dormant series. My future-gazing hope is that this team can have another go and make it more of a bolder, modern game than a warm, loving throwback to a series clearly near and dear to them.

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BaziCenter
8.5 / 10.0
BaziCenter
Mohamad Zamani

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2018

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is an extremely fun and entertaining game that not only pays homage to the Wonder Boy series, but also takes the matters into its own hands and delivers one of the best platforming experiences of this generation.

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GamePro
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 4, 2018

Monster Boy is not officially part of the Wonderboy series, but despite minor balance issues, it's the best part of the series so far

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Generación Xbox
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Dec 25, 2018

Monsterboy and the cursed kingdom is a great game that juggles between classics and modern platform games.

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neXGam
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2018

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is different, but otherwise goes in all respects as a legitimate successor to the last Wonderboy games through. Connoisseurs of the old games, especially of Dragon`s Trap, feel immediately at home and immediately recognize the numerous references. Monsterboy is almost unconditionally recommended. However, those who only grew up with "modern" games should complain here and there about the "old-fashioned" level of difficulty.

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New Game Network
83 / 100
83 / 100
Dec 24, 2018

Both a faithful spiritual sequel and a fresh adventure, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is an excellent platformer with some truly gorgeous visuals.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 11, 2019

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom perfectly bridges the gap between old and new, delivering the same style and charm of games from the Master System and Mega Drive, but including the same style of platforming and puzzle solving that have made modern indie titles stand out from the crowd. Essentially, it has captured the heart and soul of the original, and given it a breath of fresh life.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 8, 2019

A delightful platforming game for the PS4!

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2018

That's what Monster Boy's final hours feel like. They're a clunky conclusion clogging up an otherwise slimy sleek progression. Usually in Metroidvanias, your progress stops because you're missing something you need. In Monster Boy, progress slows because The Game Atelier and FDG Entertainment have given you far too much.

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2018

Despite the concerns and some frustrations Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a very well-designed and gorgeous title as a whole. When you’re in the groove it feels absolutely brilliant and up to a point I appreciate the fact that you won’t be able to get through many sections on the first try as you may need to experiment a bit. The boss battles are challenging but often pretty smart and really none of them play out in the same way or even as you may expect due to their creativity. While I would have rated it higher if it either outright toned down its spikes in challenge or added a means to alter or skip them I’d recommend it without reservations. If you’re willing to either gut it out or assume that the game could get patched at some point to help out you’re in for a treat, just be aware that it can have a mean streak in places.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 10, 2018

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a beautiful, challenging, and fantastic successor to the Wonder Boy series.

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VGChartz
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 9, 2018

A terrific, substantial, imaginative package.

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TheXboxHub
Dec 10, 2018

The early game has been a treat but as progress is made and dungeons seem to drag on, the enjoyment lessens, especially with the inclusion of puzzles ruined by poor design and lack of clarity

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GameSpew
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

For those with a great deal of patience looking for a challenging 2D platformer with huge amounts of character, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is great. For everyone else, it’s likely to be frustrating just as often as it is fun, severely putting a dampener on the whole affair.

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PowerUp!
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2018

Cursed Kingdom is a fun, occasionally frustrating, romp through a world I hope we get to revisit one day.

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