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[PS4] Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Review

[PS4] Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Review

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap from Lizardcube and DotEmu is a complete HD remake of the original game that released way back in the 1980s. Along with its new look and remixed music, you can also play as Wonder Girl for the first time ever! On top of this you can switch between the 8-Bit look and music and the new HD graphics and music at any time, so you can mix and match to find what is best for you. Want to learn more? The come read our Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap review!


In the game, you play as a human who has been cursed by the Meka Dragon. You, as Wonder Boy (or Wonder Girl), must venture on a quest to find a cure. Along the way, you’ll explore lush and colorful locations as you fight the many enemies on your path until you reach the mighty boss for each area. Defeating a boss will grant you a new transformation, and with a new look come new abilities! These will allow you to reach areas you couldn’t reach before, greatly expanding where you can explore.

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The controls are really simple to master. You move with the directional pad, and only two transformations have the ability to crouch – Hu-Man and Lizard-Man. The Square button is your attack button, and the X button is used to jump. One interesting mechanic is that if you die and get a game over, you get to keep all your stuff and you will arrive back in the village so that you can give it another try.

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The game is not very linear, and it actually features gorgeous interconnected worlds. The central hub of the game, the village, is where you’ll be able to purchase new weapons and armor, not to mention you’ll be able to heal your wounds. You’ll need to come back to the village many times during your quest so that you can stay alive and well!

You should defeat all enemies in your path so that you can collect the coins they drop. Purchasing items and upgrades at the shops is a must, so you might want to farm some extra coins every now and then considering that enemies respawn infinitely.

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Be sure to visit the church so that you can get an old-school password that will allow you to continue your game exactly from where you left off. As a bonus, your old passwords from back in the day also work in this HD remake, so if you never finished the game you can carry on from where you stopped playing all those years ago! How cool is that?

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Each area has a lot of variety, and you’ll be able to travel high and low. You might find underwater passages or dive into a pipe to find a new path to explore. Or you might run into a tricky enemy that is guarding something valuable, all while taking in the look of the gorgeous locales you’ll visit.

Going back a bit to the transformations in the game, once you defeat the corresponding boss you’ll get transformations such as the Mouse who is short and nimble and can climb on walls, the Lizard who can attack by breathing fire, and more! There’s a nice variety of transformations to unlock, so be sure to search everywhere for the next boss to defeat!

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Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap was a fun game back in the day and its still just as fun today. It will certainly be a challenging adventure, but you won’t be overwhelmed by the action. Speaking of that, if you want to get all of the game’s trophies you better start playing on the highest difficulty since there are some levels related to completing the game like that. There’s plenty to do in the game, and the fact that you can switch between the old-school graphics and music and the new graphics and music for the HD remake is a nice bonus.

This WonderBoy: The Dragon’s Trap review is based on a PS4 copy provided by DotEmu.


Review Overview

Outstanding HD remake of a classic