M onster boy
26 years? shouldn’t he be ‘monster man’?
Dark, gritty reboots are all the rage these days, and so Wonder Boy In Monster World becomes Monster
Boy And The Cursed Kingdom. Okay, so it’s more of a spiritual successor than a direct reboot of the 26-year-old game, but original creator, Ryuichi Nishizawa, is on board to bring this into the 21st century with style. Dark and gritty it ain’t, though: there are colourful environments and cartoony enemies aplenty, with the graphics dodging the achingly clichéd faux-8-bit aesthetic. Whether that’s enough to attract those not nostalgic for Wonder Boy remains to be seen, but it’s shaping up to be a solid action-adventure platformer.