Percentile Rank

Wonder Boy Returns is ranked in the 10th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 5 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

54

Top Critic Average

20%

Critics Recommend

Based on 5 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Scored Reviews

Nintendo Life
7 / 10
Nintendo Life
Roland Ingram

Top Critic

7 / 10
May 23, 2019

The success of Wonder Boy Returns Remix is that it captures the very best of the original Wonder Boy and packages it in a way that is thoroughly palatable to a modern audience. The downside is that the original game was very much a product of the player-hostile arcade genres of the '80s

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Video Chums
6.2 / 10.0
6.2 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2017

Wonder Boy Returns is a noble effort at modernizing a retro 2D action gem.

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NintendoWorldReport
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 29, 2019

If you feel the need to revisit Wonder Boy or Adventure Island, which were ported to pretty much everything available in the late 80's, you might give Wonder Boy Returns Remix a shot. For the rest of us, though, there are two much better Wonder Boy games on the Switch that you'll probably enjoy a whole lot more.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 16, 2019

In short, Wonder Boy Returns Remix accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. This is a remarkable update to the '80s classic. The controls might take a minute to adjust to. Thankfully, the level-design clearly accommodates for them. Each of the 32 stages is filled with secrets and scoring opportunities, so there's plenty of replay-value. If you're a fan of old-school platformers, or just insatiably curious, considering giving it a shot.

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Digitally Downloaded
Dec 19, 2017

There's nothing of value in Wonder Boy Returns. It's the weakest platformer I've played for years, and were it a free Flash game, as it so closely resembles, I still wouldn't recommend it.

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