Wonderboy in Monster Land SE - The best version of an Amiga port by far?


When I was a wee lad spending all my money down at the Arcades, one such game I used to love was that fantastic platformer ' Wonder Boy ' designed by Ryuichi Nishizawa. It started its life as a skateboard rock jumping and axe bashing platformer, that later became the adventure platformer with RPG elements ' Wonderboy in Monster Land ' that many of us know and love to this day. I myself mainly played it on the Amiga and although it was addictive as hell it suffered from being a straight Atari ST port with poor colours and long loading times. Thankfully our good friend Earok was on the case, as now he's released 'Wonderboy in Monster Land SE'; A special edition of that rather lackustre port!

Images by DamienD

Earok has so far given the game a much needed colour boost with deeper blues, greens and landscape textures. Furthermore the shadows have more depth to the buttons, easier to see icons and the biggest notice of all, is the wider view allowing the player to see more of the game screen. Especially helpful in knowing where you are going to fall. As for actual control changes, you can jump with the second button, doors can be entered by pressing down and you can even hold down to look down in certain parts!

So yes a much needed port overhaul and another fantastic release by Earok.

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