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Wonder Boy: Monster Land

Rating Summary

Based on 5 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

40%

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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo 3DSMay 10, 2012
Nintendo SwitchJun 27, 2019

Publisher: Sega

Genres: Arcade, RPG

The arcade platform action RPG stars a now-teenage Tom-Tom, also known as Wonder Boy. Having previously saved Wonder Land from clutches of the evil king, the hero is called upon again when the evil MEKA dragon invades. It's up to Wonder Boy to defeat all the monsters in the now-called "Monster Land." Fight monsters, purchase magical weapons, and traverse the realm today! Take advantage of these new features: - Challenge Mode: Two time attack challenges and one score attack challenge - Rankings: Record your high scores from Arcade and Challenge Modes - Replays: Capture and re-watch gameplay in Arcade or Challenge Modes - Power Up New Game: Enables you to restart a New Game with the gear you accumulated in your previous run

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SEGA AGES Virtua Racing & Wonder Boy: Monster Land | Launch Trailer

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It’s nice to see another relatively uncommon Sega game getting the Sega Ages treatment, but while it’s still perfectly playable after more than three decades, the arcade version of Monster Land suffers from frustrating combat and a general lack of spark.

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Wonder Boy in Monster Land's nascent fusion of platforming and role-playing mechanics creates viable candidacy for M2's meticulous talents. If the SEGA AGES line continues to explore the breadth of Sega's catalog, games that inspired creators are just as valuable as games that empowered players. Wonder Boy in Monster Land is proud to be part of the former.

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Wonder Boy: Monster Land is ultimately a weird deep cut for Sega Ages, but it is one I'm glad exists. I'd never seen the arcade version of this game, and I always ignored the console re-releases previously. That said, this is a very enjoyable old-school platformer that is charming enough to warrant some attention more than 30 years later.

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Even as a huge fan of the series, it's difficult to thoroughly enjoy Wonder Boy in Monster Land in this day and age.

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