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Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

A legendary game series returns with an all-new adventure and in stunning HD! Monster Boy is a colorful side-scrolling action adventure created in cooperation with Ryuichi Nishizawa, the creator of the famous Wonder Boy in Monster World series. Monster Boy is being created to bring back the enjoyment of the classic games that shine by simplicity. Exciting gameplay, upbeat music and smooth graphics. You’ll need to overcome huge bosses, find hidden passages, discover powerful equipment and use all your wits and skills to remove a powerful curse. Transform into 6 different creatures, each with their own skills and abilities. Take advantage of all the unique powers to open new paths and advance in an epic story. We put all our passion into Monster Boy to create a truly enjoyable love letter to gaming from the 80’s and 90’s – will you join us and celebrate together with us?
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Monster Boy's soundtrack is a masterpiece. I'd forgive someone for thinking they were playing a Falcom game. I had to look up its composers. Yuzo Koshiro (Ys, Etrian Odyssey), Motoi Sakuraba (Tales, Dark Souls), and Michiru Yamane (Castlevania) all worked on this. JFC. No wonder.
The gameplay could use a lot of adjustments. The radial menus are overall pretty bad, and made switching monster forms and equips way less fluid than it could've been. Shields and weapons both have about a 20% chance of just not doing anything when they should. Hitboxes and timings could be tightened up a lot. I don't want to waste too many words picking nits. There's nothing really ruinous here, just a lot of common problems that are a bit lazy for something that's otherwise this high caliber.
The puzzles are the core of the game, and are much better. There's a tiny bit of guide bait if you're going for 100%, but it's mostly off the beaten path and not required. The main guts of the story require enough thinking to be satisfying to solve without hard walling most people for centuries. It's a good balance that's not always easy to achieve.
This visuals are good here too. Maybe not as strong as the music, but still top-tier hand drawn, pre-rendered, 2D parallax stuff. This style never stops looking good, so developers will keep using it.
Overall, Monster Boy is right up there with stuff like Shovel Knight and Dust. There's no very good reason not to play this if you like what you see.

Review from Steam

Wow! was not expecting much from this game
Its a superbly made 2D platform in my opinion which is a joy to play and took me back to my childhood playing games like this years ago.
amazing game-play and mechanics with puzzles, and great boss fights make this a must
if you like 2D platform games - and overall a good challenge to the end.

Review from Steam

So Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom has to be one of the greatest Metroidvaniaa there is to play. Everything is designed very carefully and well thought trough. This game is near to a 10/10 and I can only recomend it!

Review from Steam

A masterpiece. Perfects the Wonder Boy formula with a much longer game and creative bosses and dungeons.

Review from Steam

It's true - Monster Boy perhaps doesn't feel all that much like its Master System ancestor to play - but what may initially seem like an issue actually turns out very much in Monster Boy's favour.
I grew up with 'Wonder Boy III - The Dragon's Trap'. I loved it. Thanks to a smashing "remaster", also available on steam, I still enjoy it today. However, we should probably acknowledge that for all its innovations, there were (literal) stretches of the original title that amounted to walking down long corridors and lancing the same baddies over and over again, like a medieval 'Kung Fu'.
Monster Boy has effectively taken the best bits of the original - the character-switching, the prescient Metroidvania-isms - and largely replaced the decrepit "action" parts with more engaging gameplay - some more platforming, MUCH more puzzling.
What we have is a surprisingly long adventure with a fair difficulty curve, a huge amount to explore and some of the best puzzles in any 2D title I have ever played.
Highly Recommended.

Review from Steam

It's great, the art is great, the gameplay is fluid, the bosses are fun, some puzzles may confuse you but all things considered it´s a marvelous game

Review from Steam

This game felt a bit disappointing at first, I thought of a game for kids too simple. How wrong I was !
It got more and more interesting, with lots of good ideas, puzzles, hidden treasures, equipment and colorful areas to explore. And developed by a french team :-) A great game !