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Wonder Boy series

Group Description

Wonder 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.

Related Links

  • 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).

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World2021Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4ININ Games, Softdistribution...
Wonder Boy Returns (Collector's Edition)2019PlayStation 4Strictly Limited Games...
Wonder Boy Returns: Remix2019Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, WindowsCFK Co., Ltd. ...
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom2018Luna, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Windows, Xbox OneFDG Entertainment GmbH & Co. KG...
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap2017Android, Gloud, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Luna, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, tvOS, Windows, Xbox OneDotEmu SAS4.20
Wonder Boy Returns2016PlayStation 4, WindowsCFK Co., Ltd. ...
SEGA Vintage Collection: Monster World2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc....
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.29 - Monster World: Complete Collection2007PlayStation 2SEGA Corporation...
Monster World IV1994Genesis, PlayStation 3, WiiSEGA of America, Inc.4.24
Wonder Boy in Monster World1991Genesis, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, WindowsHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.50
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap1989Game Gear, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.4.21
Monster Lair1988Arcade, Genesis, Linux, Macintosh, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, WindowsHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Wonder Boy in Monster Land1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.87
Wonder Boy1986Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Commodore 64, Game Gear, PlayStation 4, SEGA Master System, SG-1000, Wii, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.79

Selected Covers

Monster Lair TurboGrafx CD Front Cover The front of the outer cardboard box.
Front cover for Monster Lair

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Monster Lair
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