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Hey Poor Player (Dec 20, 2018)
Now, don’t get me wrong, I would have been ecstatic to have received a longer quest, more monster transformations, more abilities, and more – well, you get the idea. But, even without those extras, I have come away with having experienced what has become one of my favorite game releases of 2018 and a title that will likely be re-experienced in the future in the same manner that I replay Dragon’s Curse. If you are even slightly interested in action adventuring platforming, graphics resembling those of a top-tier cartoon, quality gameplay, or just fun in general then I wholeheartedly recommend that you give Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom an opportunity to hop and slash its way into your heart.
98
Switchaboo (Dec 04, 2018)
To get straight to the point, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a masterpiece. The art style and aesthetics have a wide appeal, yet it has varying levels of difficulty that wouldn’t disappoint seasoned gamers. With the game being five years in the making, Game Atelier and FDG Entertainment have released an entry in the series that will truly last the test of time.
90
Way Too Many Games (Dec 17, 2018)
Those are minor issues in what’s an overall excellent package. Monster Boy surpassed my already high expectations thanks to its great visuals, fantastic soundtrack, and entertaining proto-metroidvania gameplay. You don’t need to be a fan of the franchise in order to enjoy this game. It oozes charm and its gameplay is accessible enough that anyone with a tiny bit of experience in side-scrolling platformers and a bit of patience (you’ll die easily in the beginning) can definitely enjoy it. In the final weeks of 2018, Monster Boy showed up as an eleventh hour addition to the pantheon of the best indies of the year and one of my favorite games I played this year as well. By the way, did you really think I was forgetting about Monster Boy‘s fantastic intro cutscene? Nope! I just think it’s better for everyone to watch it, as words and comments alone can’t describe how good that intro is.
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Multiplayer.it (Dec 06, 2018)
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom è stato una piccola rivelazione: il titolo Game Atelier è un gioiellino che dà lezioni di level design ai tripla A più blasonati con una fedeltà e un rispetto per l'opera originale di Nishizawa che non deforma ma anzi arricchisce il franchise, proiettandolo nel presente senza dimenticare la tradizione. È un gioco pieno di luci, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, dove le ombre di qualche piccolo momento di frustrazione si perdono in un trionfo di colori, umorismo e fantasia.
90
Gameblog.fr (Dec 04, 2018)
En toute honnêteté, on attendait Monster Boy et le Royaume Maudit comme la jolie résurrection d'une licence chère à tout une foule de joueurs, avec des larmes de nostalgie prêtes à couler, mais sans forcément espérer plus que de bonnes références et un bon mix action/exploration/plate-forme. Le résultat dépasse largement nos ce qu'on imaginait. Plus qu'un simple hommage respectueux et respectable à la licence à laquelle il est affilié, le jeu de Game Atelier parvient, à force d'idées bien implantées et nombreuses, soutenues par un visuel magnifique et des orchestrations qui sonnent comme des caresses, à se révéler comme un titre incontournable, un héritier digne et fier. Autant dire qu'il est hors de question que cette merveille de jeu à l'ancienne mais bien moderne soit classée sans suite, quand bien même il faudrait attendre encore plus de quatre ans.
90
Nintenderos (Dec 04, 2018)
Por fin tenemos con nosotros uno de los mejores juegos de acción y plataformas del año. Hablar de Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom es hablar de belleza visual y sonora, de humor, de entretenimiento, pero sobre todo de diversión y amor por el trabajo bien hecho en un videojuego.
90
IGN Italia (Dec 04, 2018)
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom applica la ricetta di Sonic Mania a Wonder Boy. Una passione infinita ha guidato il team di sviluppo, sorretto dalla collaborazione del creatore storico della serie. Il risultato è sorprendente: siamo di fronte a un’avventura tanto bella da vedere, quanto appassionante e divertente da giocare. Che si muove sempre sul filo dell’ultra-citazionismo, senza però finire schiacciata dal peso di ciò che fu e dimostrando, anzi, di sapere esattamente quali regole rendevano indimenticabili le storie vissute trent’anni fa. E dentro sono pure riusciti a infilarci un po’ di Monster Lair, lo sparatutto!
90
Nintendo Life (Dec 05, 2018)
Monster Boy is a tremendous accomplishment. It’s a gorgeous looking game with a fantastic soundtrack and does its spiritual predecessors proud by nailing the Wonder Boy mechanics while still offering something that will appeal to modern audiences. As long as you can appreciate that it’s still very much an old-school game at heart and you’re going to get some 8-bit era platforming trickiness as a result, you’re going to thoroughly enjoy playing through this adventure for the 12-15 hours it’ll take you to beat it. It may not be Wonder Boy by name, but it’s definitely wonderful by nature.
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MAN!AC (Dec 04, 2018)
Rundum gelungenes Comeback des Sega-Klassikers: Wonder Monster Boy ist hier in den allerbesten Händen.
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IGN España (Dec 04, 2018)
Un gran juego de corte clásico pero hechuras modernas que nos recuerda que los tiempos pasados tampoco estuvieron tan mal. Su propuesta es añeja, en el sentido de ofrecer un juego lineal con muchas plataformas, puzles y combates, pero hace tan bien todo lo que se propone que apenas pensaremos en ello durante las buena docena de horas que dura. Ni siquiera su apartado audivisual desentona, aunque haya pequeños detalles que no son perfectos, como los picos de dificultad presentes aquí y allá.
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Hobby Consolas (Dec 04, 2018)
Un estupendo equilibrio entre las aventuras de antaño y lo que cabría esperar de los nuevos tiempos. Si no te asustan los retos con un punto de complejidad, te espera una odisea muy colorida.
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4Players.de (Dec 18, 2018)
Monster Boy und das Verfluchte Königreich ist für mich die schönste Überraschung vorm Weihnachtsfest: Game Atelier beweist mit seiner geistigen Fortsetzung viel Fingerspitzengefühl für den spaßigen Mix aus offener Hüpf-Action, Verwandlungen, Puzzles und Gadgets. Das Spielgefühl der Vorgänger wird passend eingefangen und in die heutige Zeit gebracht. Hier und da wirken die Steuerung und manche Hüpfpassagen zwar ein wenig hölzern und mühsam – und auch das Artdesign hinkt etwas hinter exzentrischeren Konkurrenten wie Shantae, Gris oder Guacamelee! 2 hinterher. Doch solche verhältnismäßig kleine Macken verblassen angesichts clever orchestrierter Bosskämpfe und der gutgelaunten Entdecker-Atmosphäre! Alles in allem ein gelungenes Action-Adventure mit rund 15 Stunden Umfang, bei dem mich vor allem die toll eingeflochtenen Umgebungs-Rätsel verblüfft haben: Ähnlich wie in Ori and the Blind Forest kam mir nach kurzem Grübeln fast immer der rettende Einfall!
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Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 13, 2018)
Attrapez-les tous ! La quête aux orbes du Royaume Maudit mérite toute votre attention. Dans les univers de ce Metroidvania aux couleurs chatoyantes, chaque pièce d'équipement, chaque transformation en animal mutant et chaque pouvoir composent un gameplay maîtrisé aussi bien dans les combats que lors des phases d'exploration. Avec ses puzzles variés, ce Monster Boy se paye en plus le luxe d'être parfaitement compréhensible malgré ses multiples possibilités, livrant ainsi une expérience idéalement calibrée, et rarement frustrante.
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NintendoWorldReport (Dec 03, 2018)
Monster Boy is a loving throwback to the old series, and while it isn’t cutting-edge or inventive, it’s a polished, amusing experience packed with a passionate affection for the original games. If I had to draw a comparison, it feels cut from the same vein as the New Super Mario Bros. series, except with much better art and music. Some warts do show up, mostly stemming from a steep early difficulty curve and occasionally hard-to-judge hitboxes and jumps, but on the whole, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a fabulous entry in a relatively dormant series. My future-gazing hope is that this team can have another go and make it more of a bolder, modern game than a warm, loving throwback to a series clearly near and dear to them.
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Videogameszone (Dec 05, 2018)
Monster Boy ist ein absolut wunderbares Action-Adventure.