Wonder Boy / Monster World / Monster Boy

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  1. aeon.Nemesis

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    I bought from ozgameshop who i think are UK based
     
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    Same on digital. Seems to have a tough time loading in the new sprites for whatever reason. (There are quite a few, if you consider all of the animations, including special ones for rare animation cycles).
     
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    Oh my god the bit after the dragon boss is amazing :lol:

    Really digging this, loving the difficulty, the heavier focus on puzzles and the creativity in them, and of course the throwbacks to all of the different Wonder Boy/Monster World games - it very much feels like Sonic Mania in that respect.
     
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    Yeah this thing is packed with secrets, and not all of them obvious at first glance. There's been plenty of stuff I've missed, and a few screens later realised what I'd done.

    Lots of back-tracking if you want to find all the juicy stuff, that's for sure. The thought and design that's gone into this is enormous. Way bigger than most indie games. You can absolutely see where every single one of those 7 years has gone.
     
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    Just finished Monster Boy, 92.2% completion rate, even with a few hours of secret-hunting before challenging the final boss. I haven't looked at any guides or spoilers (which I'm sure are out by now), and I'm glad I didn't. The feeling of running around and having no idea where to go next, followed by the "ah-ha" moment that made it seem easy, definitely isn't something I want in every game but I took my time and enjoyed it here :leet:

    The strength of this game is its variety - it's basically like 5 different indie games smashed together.

    I really want the soundtrack to be released, the game has a Shovel-Knight-style "collect the music sheets to unlock songs", but they're banjo versions played by the bard character and not the real ones played in game. There's a bit where there's a little medley of songs from the arcade "Wonder Boy in Monster World", I have that stuck in my head now...
     
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    Dragon's Trap took about 3 months to get the soundtrack released due to licensing oddities. I bought it on Bandcamp. Hopefully Monster Boy will do something similar.
     
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    This was MLIG's GOTY, high praise indeed!

     
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    The more I play it, the more secrets and quiet nods to the rest of the series I uncover.

    Honestly, there are so many little easter eggs in here it's nuts.

    If you've played any (hopefully all) of the previous Wonderboy games, this will leave you smiling ear to ear.

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    Also of interest (and not surprising), apparently the Switch version outsold everything else 8:1 !

    https://nintendoeverything.com/monster-boy-sales-ratio-on-switch-is-81-vs-everything-else/
    http://www.gamekyo.com/newsfr73522_...ait-l-essentiel-de-ses-ventes-sur-switch.html
     
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    has anyone seen a release date for the cart version for Switch in our region, I've seen the US release but nothing here yet.
     
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    they also say future DLC may be locked to US..... Not that I expect DLC but this says to me - US cart. In which case Amazon has better pricing.

    I don't want to buy a physical product and having it make me jump through any hoops.
     
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    Ah I see, question answered then, it'll be the US version.

    I don't even know any more if Australia is lumped in the same "PAL" region as Europe like we used to be. And with Brexit, who knows any more.

    "Regions" ugh. How 20th century.

    Anyways, maybe fire an email to Limited Run and see what they say.
     
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    i'm in no rush was just hoping it'd pop up at retail like Wonder Boy did.

    Which i've already bought twice, lol
     
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    Haha yeah, it got an official Linux release, and I was tempted to buy another copy.

    I think I'd rather gift it to someone else though. It deserves way more people playing it.
     
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    Wonderboy in Monsterland was always my favorite, so I would love a remake/release of that. Certainly dont expect it to ever happen, but I really seemed to prefer it to Dragon Trap. Even though DT was more open then ML was.

    Still haven't picked up Cursed Kingdom yet. I think I'm going to wait for a sale :)
     
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    Check out a few of these and see what you think:

    * Odin Sphere (PS2, PS4)
    * Guacamelee (everything)
    * Adventure Island II (NES)
    * Super Adventure Island II (SNES)
    * Rogue Legacy (everything)
    * Shantae (any of them, on everything)

    And all of these on arcade/MAME (and probably lots of early system home ports too)
    * Willow
    * Magic Sword
    * Athena
    * Black Tiger
    * Cadash
    * Dynagear
    * Rastan
    * Wardner
    * Legend of Hero Tonma
    * Three Wonders / Midnight Wanderers

    And one more I'm struggling to remember... will edit when I do.

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    * Dragon Buster
     
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    Black Tiger and Wardner two absolute classics!
     
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    Man I spent soooooo much money on Black Tiger :D
     
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    HG101 review is up.

    http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/monster-boy-and-the-cursed-kingdom/

    Also on that page are reviews and coverage of all the other Wonder Boy games (including Dragon's Trap and the rest).

    Turns out the guy who started HG101 is an important part of the reason why the Monster Boy game became a thing, and we didn't end up with the previous incarnation of Flying Hamster II. Thank goodness for that!

    Definitely give the rest a go then.

    If you need MAME help, check out this thread.
     
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    Purchased dragons trap on PS4 from the online store a few nights ago, reliving my Monsterland gaming on Amiga, but I sorta suck at it now, taking me a bit to get past almost each screen as im well out of practice on platformers.
    But loving the hand drawn stuff, looks great.

    edit: was only looking up black tiger the other night too, also spent much coin on that.
     
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