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- Wonderboy -

Wonderboy is an arcade platform game by Sega that was released first in the arcades. You play a native boy who's girlfriend has been captured by a nasty villain and now you set out to get her back. Standing between you and her are a ton of baddies ranging from slugs and pirahnas to a huge boss at the end of an area. Each area contains four levels in total and once you defeat the boss you'll have to start from the beginning again until you defeat all eight bosses.

At the start you are pretty vulnerable as you do not have any weapon and the only way for you to advance is to jump over obstacles and enemies. Some obstacles like rocks will only slow you down but if you touch an enemy you will lose a life and be transported back to a previous part of the level. Whenever you find an egg lying on the ground you can jump on it to reveal a powerup. If you don't have any powerups you will always get an axe which you can throw at enemies to remove them from your path. However if you already have an axe you can get other powerups like a skateboard which speeds you up and it allows you to get hit once without losing a life but you'll lose the skateboard instead. You cannot stop while on the board so be carefull on levels where you have to jump over water a lot.

The second powerup is a guardian angel which hovers by you for 10 seconds rendering you immune to harm. You can still die though if you fall into the water or a hole so be carefull. Along the way there are lots of fruits you can pick up and this is a nessecity as you will constantly lose energy and if you take it too slow or don't collect the fruit you will also lose a life. The jumping has a uniqueness to it as you can change from jumping high by holding the jump button or you can jump far by tapping jump, the longer you hold the button the higher you can jump.

Wonderboy is a pretty fun platform game but the lack of levels mean you will probably get tired of it once you've seen the boss characters. The boss doesn't really change much except for his head and the levels remain the same and only the placement of object might change. The fact that the game has eight areas is a bit of a cheap way to lenghten the game as you play the same levels over and over again. The sequels added rpg elements where you could buy and improve equipment and those are excellent games. This one will probably not last for too long but while it does it's fun so check it out.

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
C64 Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
A lot less colorfull but gameplay is pretty good.
SMS - Sega
Master system
Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with Dega v1.12.
Very nice and colorfull graphics and smooth scrolling.
Others These are not available.
ZX spectrum released in 1987.
Game gear released in 1991, this is the same as the master system.

Date added Mar-03-2005 20:07
Name Wonderboy
Developer Sega
Publisher Sega
First released 1987
Genre Action
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