Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom – Review

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Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom borrows the best from the classic series to deliver a fresh, modern adventure with fun gameplay, memorable music and gorgeous hand drawn animations. Can Jin save Monster World Kingdom?
Help our young hero defeat challenging enemies, discover hidden locations, upgrade powerful equipment, and more! You’ll also unlock special forms with unique skills used to open new paths where mighty bosses and secret treasures await.

Who’s ready to take on an adventure like no other? Monster Boy brings the classic 2D side scrolling adventure genre and makes it super fresh. If you were lucky enough to have played an old SEGA game system you will have no doubt heard of WonderBoy. Well… Monster Boy is the spiritual successor of the original Wonderboy games, bringing everything that was amazing about those games and making it modern and exciting.
Before the game even started, I was blown away by the energetic cinematic video, its colourful anime essence and catchy music got my full attention. the sequence showed Jin, the main character, changing between his various monster forms and fighting against hordes of enemy’s whist looking fierce and driven. This set the tone going forward and I couldn’t wait to get started, so with the cinematic marvel out the way I continued to the main menu and selected new game.

After just five minutes of playing I was amazed by how well this game was put together. Raging from the small details in the games beautiful backgrounds, to the characters facial expressions and more. There is evidence that the developers had taken a lot of pride in this project and it was going to be something special. The game starts off simple enough with basic gameplay and slowly guides you into the more intermediate stuff.


The story follows Jin as he fights to return the residents of the kingdom back to their original form’s, his uncle has gone crazy and with that has turned everyone into creatures, spreading chaos wherever he goes. Jin confronts his crazed uncle only to be changed into a creature himself and so his adventure begins, he tasked with searching far and wide for magical stones which will remove the curse and return everyone to their true forms.

This game is packed with customisation options, from weapons and armour, special magical powers and new monsters, each come with their own unique attributes and skills. The game blends together, adventuring, storytelling, puzzles and fun in a way that keeps bringing you back for more. Each new area of the kingdom you explore invites you to a whole new experience and with each new monster unlock these areas open up even more.

Visually the game is beautiful, the artwork is outstanding and the levels are well designed. Every inch of the game from the breath taking opening cinematic to the small insects your frog form character eats, look and feel amazing. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom draws you in and makes you feel like you are a part of the very thing that makes this game great. The design team around this game should be very proud of what they have achieved.

This game is an absolute smash to play and so much fun, but like everything in life it does have faults, or at least things I personally feel could have made the game that much better. The controls are a little clunky in parts, also for a platform game this can make certain sections of the game more difficult.
The communication in the game is all written text, for me I personally don’t’ mind this but modern gamers may not like it so much. The progression to each part of your mission objective can sometimes become a little confusing and with no highlighted mission objective on screen or in the menu it’s easy to lose track of what to do next.

By now I’m sure you can tell that I’m positively captivated by this game. There’s truly so much fun to be had on this quirky 2D adventure and every minute you invest the more exciting it gets. Although there is room for small improvements this game overall delivers on its promises and will keep you thoroughly entertained for hours at a time. If adventures are your thing and you love to explore and solve puzzles then adding Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom to your game collection is a must.


Additional Information:

A legendary series returns with a grand new adventure! Enjoy a colorful action-adventure game made alongside Ryuichi Nishizawa, creator of the original Wonder Boy in Monster World series.


  • Six awesome forms with unique combat and platforming abilities to make your adventure exciting from start to finish.
  • Unlock new paths and secrets with special equipment: look for magic weapons and items that gradually open up the world.
  • Over 15 hours of epic adventure: explore the new Monster World in a vast interconnected environment.
  • Hand Drawn animations: characters and enemies come to life with detailed animations and fun facial expressions.
  • Soundtrack from iconic Japanese composers: Yuzo Koshiro, Motoi Sakuraba, Michiru Yamane, Keiki Kobayashi and Takeshi Yanagawa.
  • Switch: Full HD graphics at 60 fps: the game supports 1080p/60fps in TV mode and 720p/60fps in Nintendo Switch handheld mode.
  • Switch: HD rumble support: feel the action with high performance HD rumble support.
  • Xbox One and PlayStation 4: Full HD graphics at 60 fps
  • Xbox One and PlayStation 4: Achievements and Trophies (incl. Platinum)

The Good

  • artwork
  • gameplay
  • story
  • collectables
  • characters
  • adventure
  • customisation

The Bad

  • controls
  • navigation

Written by: Kirk Hayden

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