The newly released platforming action-adventure game Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap‘s art style is beautiful. That alone would make me buy the game. Then throw in it’s a remake of a classic 1989 Sega game that was a hit back in its day, and I’m sold.
The lovely Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap’s art style is show off in the game’s launch trailer released yesterday by DotEmu and Lizardcube. A game trailer that also shows all five transformations the teeny tiny Wonder Boy goes through in order to develop new skills.
First he’s Lizard-Man, a hero who can breath fire. Then he’s Mouse-Man, a ceiling and wall walker. Piranha-Man comes next, a half man half human who can travel underwater and kill mobs while he’s doing so. Lion-Man is strong and Hawk-Man can fly. And all of them will help Wonder Boy defeat the Dragon’s Trap.
Oh, and in a nod to the gaming world needing to be more inclusive of girls and women, unlike the original game where it was all boy, in the 21st century you can actually play as Wonder Girl if you want to as well. Thanks, Lizardcube.
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap also boasts hand-drawn animations, a pretty re-orchestrated soundtrack and the ability for you to move between the modern more-cartoon like animations and the original retro graphics with a chiptune soundtrack, if that’s your thing. How cool is that?
And sure, while this four to six-hour game isn’t anything ground-breaking, or so long you can play it for weeks, if you enjoy a fun platformer, there is a lot to like about this one.
The game was released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch today. Word from developer Lizardcube is it will be out for PCs in June 2017, but you can pre-order it now on Steam
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