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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 The lizardman form can breathe fire.
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap SEGA Master System Wee! Hello, blue dragon!
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap SEGA Master System In Game #1
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap SEGA Master System Main menu

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* (37874) unrated
Only platform rpg I know, one of the best games I played Staffan Bengtsson (4) unrated

Critic Reviews

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
Retrogaming.it Apr 28, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Joystick (French) Jan, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Tilt Nov, 1989 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1989 9.6 out of 12 80
Legendra Jul 07, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1990 675 out of 1000 68

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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

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Best Sega Master System Game of the Year
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Master System Game in 1989
    • Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best Handheld Game in 1992

J. Michael Bottorff (1794) added Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (SEGA Master System) on Jan 26, 2003
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