Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a brand new game with some familiar trappings. You’d be forgiven if you thought this game already came to the Nintendo Switch, but that was actually Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, which was a remake of Wonder Boy III on the Sega Master System. This here is a completely new beast with a new name and is basically a sequel to the Genesis line of games, which ended with Monster World IV.
Like in the previous games, your main character will gain abilities to transform into different creatures. This time around you’ll be able to take on human, pig, snake, frog, lion and dragon forms. You’ll be able to instantly switch to any form once it’s been unlocked. You’ll often want to do this to find the best strategies for the areas you’re currently exploring, and you can even change into another form during mid-jump to reach new platforms and discover new secrets.
The game features huge sprawling areas that can be traversed back and forth. It won’t be uncommon to see areas just out of reach that you’ll have to come back and revisit once you’ve gained a new ability or discovered some new equipment.
Monster Boy features some very pretty visuals, somewhat reminiscent of the recent Rayman Origins and Legends games. It almost looks as if you’re playing an interactive cartoon. It will be coming to the Nintendo Switch at launch – which will hopefully be this year, but the developers haven’t made a firm commitment on release time frame. They will have the Switch version of the game playable at this year’s Gamescom show in August, so we’re sure to get new footage and information at that time. This is definitely one to keep your eyes on!