Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: FDG Entertainment
Developer: Game Atelier
Release Date: 2017

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'Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom' (ALL) Makes Switch Debut At GamesCom - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 16, 2017 @ 2:39 p.m. PDT

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a colorful side-scrolling action adventure created in cooperation with Ryuichi Nishizawa, the creator of the famous Wonder Boy in Monster World series.

True to the beloved franchise, Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom celebrates the best content of the series including the popular transformation feature that allows Monster Boy to take five different animal forms. Each character has unique skills and abilities needed to unlock new paths and advance in a connected world full of secrets, huge boss battles, magical power attacks and loveable characters. Unlike in Monster World II though, players now have free reign to hot-swap characters at any time for endless gameplay variety.

Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom recaptures the enjoyment of classic games that shine in their simplicity: pure, adrenaline-pumping gameplay, upbeat music and smooth graphics, but packaged in 1080p at 60 frames-per-second. Access to the entire library of characters, graphic assets, sounds and music from the complete Wonder Boy series makes it a true spiritual successor and love letter to gaming from the 80s and 90s.

'Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom' will be playable for the first time on Nintendo Switch at Gamescom 2017 in Cologne. The demo features completely reworked graphics and you'll experience the beach area uncut, just as it'll play in the final game.

You can check out the game at the Nintendo Booth in the consumer area (hall 9.1 booths A011, B010, A021 and B020) where Alex and Joannis will present the game. We can also schedule a 30 minutes hands-on session in the business area in our booth, where you can interview Philipp, the game's co-producer.

We put all our passion into Monster Boy to create a truly enjoyable love letter to gaming from the 80's and 90's - will you join us and celebrate together with us?


Key Features:

  • Based on the Legendary Wonder Boy Monster World™ Series: Meet old and new characters from the popular classic game series rendered in beautiful hi-res 2D and full HD for the first time!
  • Created in Collaboration with Series Creator Ryuichi Nishizawa: Supervised by the legendary series creator for faithful implementation of the original franchise
  • Huge Adventure World: Explore a vast and completely connected world full of secrets, monsters and loveable characters. You’ll find yourself traversing dozens of locations like lush forests, haunted mansion, pirate ship, dark caves and even a scorching hot volcano
  • The Power of Six Playable Characters: Hot-swap between up to six different characters for great gameplay variety and re-playability. Each character’s unique ability unlocks exciting new ways to play and beat the game, find new secrets and overcome formerly impossible traps and obstacles
  • Magical Powers: Unlock five magical powers to cast special attacks like whirlwind or fireballs
  • Legendary Composers for the Ultimate Original Sound Track: The list of composers is epic. Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom’s soundtrack was created by the Legendary Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage and many more), Motoi Sakuraba (Tales of Series), Michiru Yamane (Castlevania), Keiki Kobayashi (Ace, Super Smash Bros) and Takeshi Yanagawa. Plus, two songs in the game performed by the famous Haruka Shimotsuki (Atelier Game-Series).
  • Re-Arranged Music from the Wonder Boy Series: Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom introduces all-new music tracks including completely re-arranged music from the original series. Hear the famous chiptunes composed by Shinichi Sakamoto brought to life by musicians recording live in studio for a truly memorable soundtrack

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom will be available on Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC.


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