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- Six playable forms for the main character, each with different abilities
- Multiple dragon enemy types: Zombie Dragon, Mummy Dragon, Samurai Dragon, and more!
- Memorable soundtrack based on Shinichi Sakamoto's original compositions, re-imagined and recorded with classical instruments
- Play as the game's classic character, Hu-Man, or as his brand-new, long-awaited co-star Hu-Girl
- Switch the graphics and/or sounds from the modern versions to the 8-bit originals at any time, even during gameplay!
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Stricken by a curse and transformed into a half-human/half-lizard by the Meka-Dragon, a lonesome adventurer is facing the challenge of a lifetime! In search for a cure, our mutated anti-hero will explore the many traps of Monster Land and defeat many stuff-throwing, curse-wielding dragons. The six different forms of our shape-shifting hero, human, lizard, mouse, piranha, lion and hawk, make up just a small percentage of the cast of this non-stop action/adventure platformer! The Launch Edition is packed with the PS4 or Switch Game, Full-Color Instruction Manual, Mini-CD Soundtrack Sampler, and PVC Cell Phone Strap.
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Nicalis did this game great justice with the new graphics, looks amazing. You can also play in retro style the way if you want that purist experience.
Game holds up extremely well and even players unfamiliar with Wonder Boy should enjoy this game.
Such a treat to have this on Disc in 2018.
Another new addition is Wonder Girl...which is essentially a pallet swap with backstory slightly changed. If you played the game before, the Human protagonist only plays a small part in the game as he/she only there in the beginning, and ending sequence (also post game if you want to count that). Wished they changed the transformations to make them look more feminine also as it looks a bit odd when Wonder Girl change into a Piranha Man and Lion-man for example.
Other new additions is the new gallery mode which unlocks as you beat the bosses and different difficulty settings or collect specific items
As mentioned before aside from a brief backstory on the character you're playing, the plot essentially goes like this: You play as Wonderboy or Wondergirl who goes in to slay a dragon. Once you defeat it, it transforms you into a half-lizard monster. You then have to slay a gauntlet of dragons, transforming into a new monster each time (with new abilities/ways to traverse, attack enemies) until you get this Salamander Cross that will restore you back to your human form.
Gameplay remains the same regardless if you use the retro or modern graphics settings, but the modernized graphics is easier on the eyes when traversing the world. Wonderboy and Wondergirl do not play differently, they are just pallet swaps
The jumps and hit detection is a bit stiff as you cannot manual adjust mid jump/strike (essentially, once you hit the button you have to commit to it). This might deter those who never played retro platformers and/or those who never grew up playing them.
Like other retro platformers of the Sega Master System era, the game will not handhold you and tell you where to go, rather you to discover where to go next via exploration, pick up visual queue (such as blocked off sections) as you go along to revisit later. Or...you can look up guides online if you get totally lost and frustrated, I dunno
There is a passcode system. If you own the original game and wrote down your passcode you can transfer the data and play the game via modernized graphics.
The game is short. Took me 3-4 hours on normal difficulty. I played the original game in the past so I remembered where to go on some sections. May take you longer if you never played before.
Overall very good nostalgia trip while giving the game a huge face lift. Just note the gameplay may be a bit janky if you're not used to retro style platformers