Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

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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 Arcade End of the level
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair TurboGrafx CD Fighting the first boss - a disturbing fish-thing that shoots you with chunks of its own flesh.
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair TurboGrafx CD ..and then I die.
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair Genesis Crossing the magical bridge

Alternate Titles

  • "Monster Lair" -- TurboGrafx CD title

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PC Engine Gamer TurboGrafx CD Mar, 2011 927 out of 1000 93
Génération 4 TurboGrafx CD Mar, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Raze Genesis Jul, 1991 81 out of 100 81
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx CD Dec, 1989 9.6 out of 12 80
Video Game Den TurboGrafx CD Nov 21, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Genesis Apr, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Mar, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Mag'64 Wii Jun 04, 2010 5 out of 10 50
Sega-16.com Genesis Nov 15, 2007 5 out of 10 50
IGN Wii Apr 20, 2009 4 out of 10 40


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