Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 6, 2018
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  2. Dec 5, 2018
    90
    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.
  3. Dec 4, 2018
    90
    Wonder Boy is finally back, in his greatest adventure yet. An old-school, visually stunning, funny and engrossing adventure.
  4. Dec 4, 2018
    90
    One of the best action platformers of the year. The title offers visual and sound quality, humor, entertainment, fun and love thanks to the work of its developers.
  5. Dec 4, 2018
    90
    We expected Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom to be good. But, honestly, not that good. Visually stunning, faithful to its ancestors but not chained to them, this game is a true masterpiece, full of great ideas and that can entertain you for a long time if you feel the need to discover all of its very well hidden secrets. A must play.
  6. Dec 4, 2018
    87
    A great neo-retro game that manages to be fresh and a perfect homage to some old classic like Wonder Boy.
  7. Dec 4, 2018
    86
    An excellent balance between old school adventures and what we expect from the modern times. If you are not afraid of challenges with a glimpse of complexity, you'll find a colorful, enjoyable adventure.
  8. Dec 13, 2018
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  9. 85
    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.
  10. Dec 10, 2018
    80
    With a well-realized world filled to the brim with secrets and excellent platforming mechanics that always keeps things interesting, the Cursed Kingdom is a place you will want to discover every corner of.
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  1. Dec 11, 2018
    One of gaming's great neglected oldies gets a spiritual successor crafted with care and imagination. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Dec 4, 2018
    Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a spiritual successor that draws inspiration from Wonder Boy III, modernizing the formula that made the original game such a classic. The action is faster, the controls more responsive, the visuals are sharper and the music is more full and lush. It improves on the original in every way. It’s even a little more sadistic.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Dec 4, 2018
    10
    The game provides an excellent challenge and while it is fun, it gives to the players some hard times, but never frustrating. It makes theThe game provides an excellent challenge and while it is fun, it gives to the players some hard times, but never frustrating. It makes the game feel more substantial and provides a feeling of accomplishment. The form swapping complaints come from people who do not know that you can toggle settings to become able to change forms on the fly, without having to pause every single time. One thing that I really liked was the innovative and fresh, yet still wonderboy escue level design. I cannot see how the reviewer thinks that the level design is "BAD". The work and devotion to perfection are evident. Being a wonderboy fan I would give a 9.5 out of 10. As an unbiased reviewer, who has never played/heard the old games my scores would be: Graphics: 9.8 out of 10, Music/Sounds: 9.3 out of 10, Controls: 9 out of 10, Level Design: 8.8 out of 10, Pace/Addiction: 9 out of 10, VERDICT: 9 OUT OF 10 Full Review »
  2. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    As a long time fan of the Wonder Boy/Monster World series, I was surely not going to miss the first official new entry in the series inAs a long time fan of the Wonder Boy/Monster World series, I was surely not going to miss the first official new entry in the series in decades, but Monster Boy has blown away my expectations. While it does manage to tickle all the nostalgia you would expect, with tons of references to the past games both big and small, classic music tracks, familiar enemies, etc, I'm also really impressed with what a great game it is on its own merits. This one packs a ton of mechanics -- almost everything from the past games and then some -- and exploits them all with a lot of polished and clever level design. Dungeons are packed with puzzles, and they're well designed and smart, but never frustrating. While Metroidvania comparisons are apt, this game is really almost like a side-scrolling Zelda, with a focus on clever puzzles and simple hack-and-slash combat. It's similar to other WB-influenced games like Shantae, but honestly, this game is better than the Shantae series. Full Review »
  3. Dec 7, 2018
    10
    A superb Metroidvania style platformer and an absolute blast for fans of Wonderboy. This was a long time coming. The devs knocked this one outA superb Metroidvania style platformer and an absolute blast for fans of Wonderboy. This was a long time coming. The devs knocked this one out of the park! Full Review »