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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.

Screenshots

Monster Lair Genesis Boss
Monster Lair Genesis Entering the skull
Monster Lair Genesis Round 7 (Action Scene)
Monster Lair Genesis Round 7 (Shooter Scene)

Promo Images

Monster Lair Screenshot
Monster Lair Screenshot
Monster Lair Screenshot
Monster Lair Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair" -- Japanese / European Genesis / Wii / Windows title
  • "ワンダーボーイIII モンスター・レアー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Raze Jul, 1991 81 out of 100 81
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1991 9 out of 12 75
Génération 4 Feb, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Apr, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Sega-16.com Nov 15, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Sega Does Jun 14, 2017 D+ 33

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Katakis | カタキス (39830) added Monster Lair (Genesis) on May 09, 2004
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