A remake of the classic Sega Master System game Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap has been announced for consoles and PC. Simply titled Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, the new game is being developed by a new studio called Lizardcube and published by DotEmu.
The original game was released in 1989, developed by Westone and published by Sega. It was an early “metroidvania”-style of game, with a large interconnected world, and featured the ability for the main character to transform into different creatures, each with unique abilities. Today, many fans look back on it as one of the best games for the Sega Master System.
This new version appears to be faithful to the original in gameplay and level design, but with a new hand-drawn style of graphics, animated cutscenes, and re-orchestrated music.
The developer, Lizardcube, is made of former devs who have worked on games such as the Pixeljunk Shooter series and the Nintendo DS puzzle game Soul Bubbles. Original series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa seems to be overseeing the project, as well.
The game is separate from Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, a brand new entry in the Wonder Boy series currently being developed by Game Atelier and published by FDG Entertainment, due out later this year. That game is also heavily influenced by The Dragon’s Trap, making use of the transformation gameplay mechanic.
Both Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap and Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom mark a surprising return of the Wonder Boy/Monster World series which has not seen a new installment in more than two decades. The last game, Monster World IV, was released in 1994 for the Sega Mega Drive in Japan, although an English version was later released for digital download services in 2012.
Neither a release date nor specific platforms have been announced at this time. More info can be found at the official website: thedragonstrap.com.
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap reveal trailer: