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Wonder Boy introduced to Wonder Girl in new trailer

Wonder Boy

When French developer, LizardCube, revealed that they’d be creating a faithful but updated take on Wonder Boy, I was fairly excited. They recently confirmed that the game would feature a retro mode that would allow the player to mix and match the look of the original with a modern backing track and vice-versa. All of this is awesome for the retro-gamer. Now, Lizardcube and DotEMU have revealed a new feature to Wonder Boy: the Dragon’s Trap; Wonder Girl.

That’s right, along with Wonder Boy in his classic form, you will be able to play as the totally awesome, totally radical Wonder Girl. The developer has suggested that bringing the game to a larger, more diverse audience necessitated sprinkling the classic game with many improvements, one of which is a female playable character who is just as strong and just as fierce as the titular male hero.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap will faithfully recreate the layout and playability of the orignal SEGA cult-classic release. Featuring a huge interconnected world and allowing you to utilise the differing abilities of up to six playable forms for the hero. The game will also feature Hu-Girl, a long awaited co-star to Hu-Man. Switch from a modern look and sound to a retro-tastic 8-bit classic graphics and audio experience at any time during the game. Change it up to suit your mood, across the three difficulty levels.

A good curse makes for a good game. The Meka-Dragon has turned a lonesome adventurer into a half-human – half-lizard monstrosity. Explore the many traps of Monster Land in an effort to find a cure and defeat many stuff-throwing, curse-wielding dragons along the way. Turn into a Lizard, a Mouse, a Piranha, a Lion and a Hawk on your transformational journey back to being all human again.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap will be cursing the Xbox One from the 18th of April.

Switch it up with retro mode in Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Wonder Boy

So, there’s nothing nicer than when a developer takes a retro classic and not only seems to do it justice for the upgraded version, but also gives the original a hefty nod at the same time. LizardCube and DotEmu have revealed in a new trailer that their Wonder Boy release, The Dragon’s Trap, will feature an anytime switch to retro mode.

In reality, what does this mean for the player? Well, you can go full-retro with the original 8-bit grapahics and chip-tunes as shown in the picture above, or, you could stick with the full HD treatment throughout. There is also a great option, whereby you can mix and match the audio, offering you 8-bit chip-tune with HD visuals. The choice is literally yours. Here’s a comparison of the HD visuals.

Wonder Boy

That’s not all that the developers have have included. If you’ve still got the save code that the original Wonder Boy title gave you, in order to skip back to a given level, you will be able to enter that code into The Dragon’s Trap and skip to that level, which is an awesome feature. It’s probably sure to send a whole generation of older gamers scurrying through their parent’s loft in order to find that notebook, crammed full of hastily scribbled codes.

The most impressive part about this newly revealed switch feature, is that you don’t choose it at the start, or in the middle, or have it forced on you halfway through. You can choose any of the retro switch options any time during the game.

Cursed into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, a lonesome adventurer is facing the challenge of a lifetime. In search of a cure, our mutated anti-hero will explore the many traps of Monster Land.

This re-imagining of Westone Bit Entertainment’s original clasic Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap is as faithful as it is authentic, with the benediction of SEGA and series creator, Ryuichi Nishizawa.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is scheduled for a Spring 2017 release. Here are those features in action.

Lizardcube bringing WonderBoy to Xbox One


There’s nothing I love more than a really fine old-school platformer. When I was growing up, we really were spoiled for choice. Gods, Fire & Ice, the Dizzy series and Rainbow Islands were all amazingly addictive and fun to play. Developer Lizardcube have announced through publisher DotEmu, that Master System cult classic, WonderBoy III will be heading to Xbox One.

To give it it’s full title, WonderBoy The Dragon’s Trap, will be a faithful remake of the 1989 release. DotEmu have been on a relentlessly committed quest to untangle a heap of documents to be able to license this IP and create this first WonderBoy since 1994.

So, what will this be about? A good curse makes a good game. Turned into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, a lonesome adventurer is facing the challenge of a lifetime. In search of a cure, this mutated anti-hero will explore the many traps of Monster Land. Along the way you’ll have to defeat many stuff-throwing, curse-wielding dragons. That’s not all you’ll be facing however. Your body will be turned into a mouse, a lizard, a piranha, a lion and a hawk. However will you cope?

WonderBoy The Dragon’s Trap will also feature a huge interconnected world for your six form, shape-shifting hero. There are Zombie Dragons, Mummy Dragons, Samurai Dragons and more that you’ll face. The graphics are all hand-drawn, even down to the eye-patch wearing shop-keeper pig who may or may not provide a sense of warmth and direction.

WonderBoy The Dragon’s Trap has not had a concrete release date announced yet, although it will be coming ‘soon’.

Have a look at the reveal trailer below.

Pang take an adventure onto Xbox One

Pang Adventures has been released into the wilds of Xbox One. Pang was an arcade favourite back in the 90s and I’m pretty darn excited that there’s a new adventure that’s all shiny and ready for conquering on Xbox One.

The new game sees a return of the brothers, bringing the classic Pang style back over 100 levels of multi ball mayhem and while the new game packs in some new features, it retains the spirit of the original game.

Check out the launch trailer below.


Pang Adventures bounces to Xbox One

Pang is bouncing back to our screens with Pang Adventures. DotEmu and Pastagames are at the helm, and has the full support of the original Pang developers, Mitchell Corporation.

The addictive arcade shooter saw two brothers travelling the world to rid it of bouncing balls that were terrorising famous landmarks. Pang Adventures is aiming its sights at retaining the spirit of the original, known as Buster Bros. in North America and Pomping World in Japan, while bringing some exciting new features!

Whose bouncing up and down for this!