Wonder Boy series
Group DescriptionWonder Boy
is a series of predominantly platform games developed by Westone
. Most of the games in the series feature a recurrent protagonist, the titular boy with a caveman-like appearance known as Tom-Tom. The plots often involve his girlfriend Tanya being kidnapped, and rescuing her becomes the main goal of the game.
While the first Wonder Boy
(1986) was a fairly straightforward side-scrolling game, its sequel Wonder Boy in Monster Land
(1987) defined most of the series' characteristic gameplay elements, focusing on expansive platforming with light role-playing elements such as a monetary system, weapon and equipment management, and occasional conversations with NPCs. It also shifted the game's setting from tropical environments to medieval fantasy.
As per their agreement with Sega
, Westone retained the rights to their games but not to the trademark characters. As a result, various ports by Hudson Soft
were released under different titles and also changed the names of the characters. Eventually some of these ports, dubbed Adventure Island
, led to development of new independent titles in their own series
- History of: The Wonder Boy Series - A feature article on the fansite Sega-16, which provides an overview of the series' history, as well as a complete chronology of the games' numerous releases (Jul. 01st, 2004)
- The Legend of Wonder Boy - An IGN retrospective about the history of the Wonder Boy series and the companies who have been involved with the character's exploits over the years (Nov. 14th, 2008).
|SEGA Vintage Collection: Monster World||2012||Xbox 360||SEGA of America, Inc.||...|
|SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.29: Monster World Complete Collection||2007||PlayStation 2||SEGA Corporation||3.45|
|Monster World IV||1994||Genesis, PlayStation 3, Wii||SEGA of America, Inc.||4.13|
|Wonder Boy in Monster World||1991||Genesis, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows||Hudson Entertainment, Inc.||3.34|
|Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair||1989||Genesis, TurboGrafx CD, Wii||Hudson Entertainment, Inc.||3.52|
|Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap||1989||Game Gear, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Wii||Hudson Entertainment, Inc.||3.96|
|Wonder Boy in Monster Land||1987||Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, ZX Spectrum||Activision, Inc.||3.68|
|Wonder Boy||1987||Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Game Gear, SEGA Master System, Wii, ZX Spectrum||Activision, Inc.||3.78|