Remember the Master System? Well if you’re in the category to be old enough to, then you will surely remember Wonder Boy 3. This has now been remastered and I’m not just talking about those dodgy remasters where all they do is slightly increase the details, I’m talking about the ones where everything is completely redone and it looks glorious. All the visuals are hand drawn and look like they fit right into the modern day standard of level design and graphics. Even the music has had a revamp and the whole thing runs perfectly on the Switch without any issues at all.
For those who haven’t played the original or even heard of Wonder Boy you play as the character Wonder Boy, or Wonder Girl if you’re female, who is on a mission to slay the evil dragon who is also a robot for some reason. However, things don’t go to plan and Wonder Boy is turned into a baby dragon! Now you must find a way to turn yourself human again and lift the curse.
Once you have escaped the castle you end up in a small town which is basically where you select the levels to play. The levels consist of entering different doors, or houses if you will, and dropping into a well only to emerge on the other side in a random location. Some of the doors, however, will be locked and are only accessible later on throughout the game when you unlock certain items. Each level consists of different obstacles and enemies to overcome, each one seeming slightly more difficult then the next.
Most of the combat in the game is done by pressing Y which will make Wonder Boy use his sword or if you’re in dragon form he will breath fire, of course. Let’s be honest he wouldn’t be much of a dragon if he didn’t. The combat for me does stumble a bit however, as moving and slashing is not something you can do and it can be a bit frustrating when trying to attack an enemy that constantly jumps away from you. Don’t worry though it’s not a major downfall that will put you off the game but it does take some getting used to. Also in regards to combat you have special abilities that you can use including throwing a large fireball or striking an enemy with lightning. There’s a couple more but I wont spoil them for you as they all look pretty cool when used.
The level design is exceptionally well done and if you look at the video above of the old and new style you can see the huge jump the developers have taken in bringing Wonder Boy up to date. Everything stands out beautifully and the colouring is just spot on. There’s times where going through a level I would actually admire the graphic design and hard work that has went into bringing this game into 2018. But if you get a hankering for the old days you can always switch back to the original.
Overall Wonder Boy is a remake that I am more then happy to sink 6-7 hours into and is most definitely a game I will pick up again in the future. Personally I think Lizard Cube have done a fantastic job of bringing this classic back to life and maybe more developers should take a look at this and bring more old school classics back. Christ, imagine playing a revamped Zombies Ate My Neighbours or Decap Attack which has been made from the ground up again. I know I would personally hand over money for them because to be honest there’s no school like the old school.