M on­ster boy

26 years? shouldn’t he be ‘mon­ster man’?

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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.

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