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Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

DotEmu, Lizardcube
Apr 18, 2017 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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7.1 / 10
Easy Allies
3.5 / 5
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
8 / 10
4 / 5
8.5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

The Dragon's Trap's HD sheen belies the simplistic gameplay of its era, but there's undeniable charm in that simplicity.

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7.1 / 10.0

From long-time Wonder Boy fans to platformer enthusiasts who've never heard of it until now, you'll likely be able to find whimsical fun and a neat bit of genre history in this charming adventure.

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Metro GameCentral

7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

One of the best retro remakes there's ever been, and although the gameplay sometimes shows its age the graphics are amongst the best of the year.

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Short but sweet, this superb remake reintroduces an overlooked classic in style.

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Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is a faithful remaster of a classic that a lot of folks missed. Developer LizardCube has kept the original gameplay completely intact and laid some amazing 2D art and great remastered soundtrack over top of it. It's a faithful preservation of a classic, retaining any of the gameplay pitfalls the original had, but it's surprising how great Wonder Boy III is with some visual and aural polish.

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Even though the Master System was an also-ran next to the NES's dominance, there were some real gems created for it, and Wonder Boy 3 just might have been the best game released on the platform. Lizardcube and DotEmu have done a lot of work to bring The Dragon's Trap up to today's standards, and the new version plays as good as it looks. It's plain to see how much effort went into making this into the best possible version of a game that deserves to be a classic, and it's absolutely worth your time.

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It not only proves that the original was solid enough to endure modern expectations, but even refreshes it with style and affection. If you are a retro and platforming junkie, go get it.

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