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Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
  opened by paleface at 02:57:00 04/10/04  
  last modified by paleface at 12:25:50 03/05/24  
  paleface [sys=PCCD; cat=Platformer; reg=JPN]
I'm rather torn as to how to categorize this thing. On the one hand I'm partial to shooters and in this game nearly every other level has your character flying horizontally on a pink dragonlette, shootin' things audacious enough to enter in the right side of the screen. On the other hand, the other half of the levels have you platforming along. Yet still shooting a lot. It's more befuddling to nail down than the run-n-gun Metal Slug (entry 170), I tells ya!
Ah well, I shall relent and go with the spirit of the first level, complete with platforms. Still, you do a lot of shooting around on those platforms, taking small quick breaks to jump and grab yummy fruit dangling in the sky. Walrus, hermit crabs, bats--it doesn't matter, you shoot 'em. Heck, they seem to encourage the activity by occassionally dropping powerup weapons for more destructive shooting, including fun things like whirling shuriken shields, explosive missile-like swords (or missles?), lightning guns, and so forth.
Charming cartoon color graphics in the Adventure Island mold and a lively rockin' soundtrack accompany the action. Don't be lulled in, though--this sucker gets tough by stage four or so, when it starts to pull things like collapsing platforms.
Beloved by platformer and shooter fans alike! Or something like that. Whatever it is, it's good. Bring a friend along for co-op play where you can get to additional fruity snacks by jumping off the top of your buddy's head.
  paleface 01:45:26 02/11/19
I don't know about this game now, it's a little rough around the edges--even the graphics, though well drawn, have really garish colors, and the music seems oddly chosen in a lot of cases. And that PC Engine staple, weapon switching items everywhere, is in full effect.
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