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Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (SEGA Master System)

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Description

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap is a direct sequel to Wonder Boy in Monster Land. When Tom-Tom defeats the MEKA dragon, the wounded beast casts a spell on him, turning him into a Lizard-Man. To regain his original human form, he has to find the Salamander Cross, hidden by the Vampire Dragon in Monster Land.

Unlike its predecessor, this side-scrolling platform game is not divided in sequences of levels. The protagonist is allowed to go anywhere, as long as he has the right shape or equipment. During his quest, Tom-Tom has to defeat various dragon bosses. Each win will give him a new shape with new abilities such as flying, swimming, walking on ceilings or clinging to walls. These abilities also allow the player access new parts of the world. The possible shapes are Lizard-Man, Mouse-Man, Piranha-Man, Lion-Man and Hawk-Man and the main abilities are defined by attacking power, defense points and charm points (needed for equipment by collecting charm stones). Also, certain blocks can only be destroyed by specific weapons or are only accessible to certain shapes.

The basic actions consist of attacking and jumping, and in the status screen it is possible to equip swords, shields and armour. Special attacks include fire balls, tornadoes, arrows, boomerangs and thunder strikes. Along the way, the player collects keys (only one at all times) and gold left behind by defeated creatures, and places need to be re-visited sometimes to access new areas. Equipment and items can be bought in towns. A password is given at the beginning of each town to continue from there.

Screenshots

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap SEGA Master System Equipment menu
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap SEGA Master System Intro: text only
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap SEGA Master System Cyclops seem to like futuristic corridors
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap SEGA Master System This is a maze. I have no idea how to get inside

Alternate Titles

  • "Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap" -- Game Gear cartridge title
  • "Wonder Boy III" -- SEGA Master System in-game title
  • "Monster World II: Dragon No Wana" -- Japanese title
  • "モンスターワールドII ドラゴンの罠" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Dragon's Curse" -- TG-16/Wii title
  • "Adventure Island" -- Japanese PC Engine/TG-16 title

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User Reviews

The Wonder Boy series just keeps getting better and better *Katakis* (37740) unrated
Only platform rpg I know, one of the best games I played Staffan Bengtsson (4) unrated

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic May 23, 2004 A 100
Pixel-Heroes.de Mar, 2007 10 out of 10 100
Retrogaming History Apr 28, 2008 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Joystick (French) Jan, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Tilt Nov, 1989 17 out of 20 85
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 01, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Power Play Jun, 1989 76 out of 100 76
Megablast 1992 74 out of 100 74
Legendra Jul 07, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The SEGA Master System version of Wonderboy III: The Dragon's Trap appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Turma da Mônica em: O Resgate

The 1993 Brazilian version Turma da Mônica em: O Resgate by Tec Toy features a different protagonist. Tom-Tom has been replaced with Mônica, a girl with a powerful strength and her blue rabbit sidekick toy Sansão (Samson in the English version), which her arch-enemy Cebolinha (Jimmy Five) is always plotting to steal and make knots on its ears. This was based on the comic Turma da Mônica (Portuguese for "Monica's Gang"), created by Maurício de Sousa. This licensed version has no animals forms, but the opponents are still the same.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Master System Game in 1989
    • Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best Handheld Game in 1992

J. Michael Bottorff (1800) added Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (SEGA Master System) on Jan 26, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Bock (156), Sciere (245530) and *Katakis* (37740)