Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom | Mini Review

What is it?

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a Metroidvania platformer developed by Game Atelier and published by FDG Entertainment. It is a spiritual sequel to the Wonder Boy series. Our hero, Jin, discovers his wacky Uncle Nabu has turned people into animals with a magic staff. The king’s court magician requests that the spiky-haired lad retrieve the five fabled Animal Orbs to turn everything back to normal. Throughout his quest, he finds new special abilities that allows him to progress even further.

Platform(s)

PC, PS4, Xbox One & Switch

Pros
Cons
Animal morphs each have unique abilities, which are well implemented and useful in combat.
Exquisitely designed levels with plenty of collectibles.
Lots of gear with special perks to unlock or purchase.
Most puzzles aren’t too bad.
Stunning visuals; brilliant soundtrack
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Could’ve done with more warp zones.
Huge difficulty spike in areas like The Volcano.
Some enemies mess up your controls.
No official soundtrack release is blasphemous.

Verdict:

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a marvellous Metroidvania, with hours of laborious but incredibly enjoyable platforming, puzzles and combat. It can be infuriating at times with, and while it’ll definitely require a fair bit of backtracking, progressing through it is immensely enjoyable.

Rating:

4 Stars

 

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