Wonderboy 3 - The Dragon's Trap review - Sega Master System
We join Wonderboy at the end of an arduous journey - a journey full of strange omens and immeasurable hardship. Our hero is just about to approach the lair of the evil dragon - a vicious creature terrorising the realms of Monsterland - and Wonderboy is one step away from delivering the Dragon a blow it'll never it'll never forget...
However, Wonderboy has no idea about this particular dragon's powers. We aren't talking about a rather lethal case of bad breath either - the Dragon has the ability to curse his assailants by causing them to mutate into Dragon Man - a human/dragon hybrid... Three guesses who his last victim happens to be!
Cursed, wretched and deformed, Wonderboy must begin a new quest - to find some way of reversing the Dragon's spell - a quest that will take him through many levels of platform infested multi-directional scrolling chaos...
What the Mean Machines staff thought
This has to rank as one of the greatest Master System games ever! It has a look and feel slightly reminiscent of the Nintendo Mario series (no bad thing) and a depth of gameplay second to none. What constantly amazes me about this game is that there's always something new to discover, be it a key to a previously locked door or even a secret room! Couple that to the sheer vastness of the quest and Wonderboy III's "classic" status is assured. All in all, a very slick Sega product with universal appeal. Make sure it's in your collection - NOW!
This brilliant Sega game kept me up late for more than a few nights when I first got hold of it. The combination of adventuring, shooting and platform action results in one of the best games of its type available on any console. The graphics are simply superb - especially when the hero changes into one of his many guises - Dragon Man is my favourite, since you can roast everything in your path with your fiery breath. The game is huge and there's loads to discover - one of the reasons why it's so amazingly addictive. If you're a new Sega owner, or simply missed out when this was first released, make sure you add this to your collection.
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Tris Wicks - 05 Nov 2008, 02:13 GMT
It's worth buying a master system just for this game, I think. Am I alone in that view?
Tom-Tom - 17 Nov 2008, 06:13 GMT
The best game on thew Master System and one of my favourite games of all time. I don't have space to keep my Master System set up these days, but I still play this one on an emulator (I own the cart so I'm not even breaking any laws!) quite regularly.
A true classic.
Dan - 12 Feb 2009, 10:56 GMT
Yeah, best Master System game by far, all time classic without a doubt. I remember I could never find the cart anywhere though so had to lend it off my mate all the time ;)
Greg Staddon - 22 Apr 2009, 20:45 GMT
mogsy - 09 Dec 2014, 01:20 GMT
Wicked game. And I love all the similar ones Sega released on the arcade and megadrive. Although the other sms arcade conversion was shockingly bad.