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Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (TurboGrafx CD)

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Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair is a quite different game to most of the games in the Wonder Boy series. You play a green-haired dude who must attack the invaders that attempt to collect weapons and use them to destroy the land. The game starts out like a simple platform game, but it's just when Wonder Boy enters the skull further on that the game is transformed into a shoot 'em up, so basically the gameplay consists of action and shooter scenes.

In the action scenes, your vitality decreases as you make your way towards the skull, but this can be restored by collecting fruit. A wide variety of weapons can be picked up, and not only does these allow you to use the weapons for a limited amount of time, but they also increase your vitality.

In the shooter scenes, you ride your pink friend as you make your way through the scene. Here, your vitality remains static unless you are hit by an enemy passing by. As usual, there is a boss waiting for you at the end which you must defeat. Every boss changes color to show how much damage has been done to it. You have to defeat some bosses in two stages.

If your vitality gets low in each scene, you'll lose a life. You can also choose to have Wonder Girl join you, as two players can play the game.


Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair TurboGrafx CD Title screen.
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair TurboGrafx CD In Monster Lair levels are usually split into two parts. A platform, and a sidescrolling shooter.
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair TurboGrafx CD Mid-level structures are quite impressive, in a simple line-art sort of way.
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair TurboGrafx CD Pink hermit crabs!

Alternate Titles

  • "Monster Lair" -- TurboGrafx CD title

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The Press Says

PC Engine Gamer Mar, 2011 927 out of 1000 93
Génération 4 Mar, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) Apr, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1989 9.6 out of 12 80
Video Game Den Nov 21, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Nov, 1989 77 out of 100 77


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DarkFalzX (4689) added Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (TurboGrafx CD) on Jan 09, 2007
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