Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

A remake of the classic 8-bit platform game Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, originally released in 1989, developed by Lizardcube. You play as the eponymous hero, who has to kill a dragon lurking in a cave. Unfortunately, by fulfilling his task he brings upon himself a mysterious curse, which transforms him into a humanoid lizard, and his new objective is to get rid of the spell. The game is a classic platformer, in which you mostly explore locations, gather items, avoid traps and fight enemies. After every successful boss fight, the protagonist transforms into a different animal, gaining a new set of abilities. Compared to the original, the biggest change are the game's visuals, created from scratch in high resolution.

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PC / Windows
Game Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (PC) Cover
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap | PC

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D

Companies responsible for Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Lizardcube | game developer

DotEmu | publisher   Official website

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap release date for PC:

game language:
English

June 2017 | Worldwide

June 2017 | Europe

June 2017 | USA

Game mode: single player

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (PS4) Cover
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap | PS4

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D

Companies responsible for Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Lizardcube | game developer

DotEmu | publisher   Official website

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap release date for PS4:

game language:
English

18 April 2017 | Worldwide

18 April 2017 | Europe PAL

18 April 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 7.0 / 10 calculated out of 1 players' votes.  

Microsoft XBOX ONE
Game Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (XONE) Cover
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap | XBOX ONE

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D

Companies responsible for Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Lizardcube | game developer

DotEmu | publisher   Official website

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:
English

18 April 2017 | Worldwide

18 April 2017 | Europe PAL

18 April 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

Nintendo Switch
Game Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (Switch) Cover
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap | Switch

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D

Companies responsible for Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Lizardcube | game developer

DotEmu | publisher   Official website

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap release date for Switch:

game language:
English

18 April 2017 | Worldwide

18 April 2017 | Europe PAL

18 April 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap for PC / Windows is a remake of the classic 8-bit platform game Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, originally released by 1989. The original version of the game was created by Westone, while the new edition was developed by Lizardcube.

Plot

You play as the eponymous Wonder Boy, who has to kill dragon lurking in a nearby cave. Unfortunately, by fulfilling his task he brings upon himself a curse, which transforms him into a humanoid lizard. The story campaign focuses on winding a way to get rid of the spell.

Mechanics

Like its 8-bit predecessor, Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is a classic 2D platformer, in which you mostly explore maps, gather items, avoid traps and fight enemies. You start out as a human warrior, equipped with a wide range of magical items. It doesn't last long, however, as after killing the dragon its curse transforms you into a humanoid lizard and you lose all your gear. As a consolation, you can now breathe fire and crouch. There are five powerful boss dragons in the game to defeat. During the story campaign you transform into other animals as well, and every transformation gives you a new set abilities. As a mouse you can climb some wall, as a piranha you can breathe underwater, as a lion you can use a powerful sword, and as a falcon you can fly. Every transformation is directly linked to the last defeated boss, so you have no control over which animal you'll change into whatsoever.

After the linear first level, the game's structure branches out, allowing you to explore the linked maps and decide what tasks to take care of next. Some locations, however, are inaccessible before unlocking a particular form of the Wonder Boy. You also have to gather gold to buy your equipment with.

Technical aspects

Compared to the original, the biggest change is the game's visuals, created from scratch and working in high resolution, featuring cartoon graphics and flowing animation. The game's controls have also been improved, while the plot, level layout and mechanics remained virtually the same.

System requirements

Recommended: Dual Core 2.5 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 460 or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows 10
Minimum: Dual Core 2.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 460 or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows 10

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap launch trailer

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