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Retro Game Club Discussion Thread - 11 Monster World IV [community]

Monster World IV (900 Points): For the first time outside of Japan, experience the final chapter in the classic Monster World series! One day, a young, green-haired girl names Asha, hears spirits calling out for help. Upon hearing the spirits, she leaves her village and sets forth on a grand adventure into Monster World. One her journey, she comes across a small blue monster named Pepe and a magical Genie. Together they must fight through Monster Land to defeat evil and save the troubled Elemental Spirits.

Why not add Monster World IV to your collection, and indicate that you are currently playing it? And don't forget to rate it when you're done!

List of Awesome (finish the game)

List of Awesomer (finish MWIV and any other game in the saga)

List of Insanely Awesome (Play and finish all 5 available Monster World/Wonder Boy Games in the VC)
Wonder Boy (SMS)
Wonder Boy: Monster Land (SMS/Arcade)
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (SMS)
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (SMS)
Monster World IV (Mega Drive)

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Posted: 07/01/12, 07:04:32  - Edited by 
 on: 08/31/12, 02:29:08
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Maybe I did rebuy a crappier sword, after saving the first time. Then I loaded a new game, "lost" the crappy sword, and was fine? It's either that or a bug.

edit - I updated the List of Awesome. Long overdue! I'm sorry!
Posted: 08/31/12, 02:27:36  - Edited by 
 on: 08/31/12, 02:29:39
Dang. I'm definitely going to get back into this game ASAP now that Backlaugust is drawing to an end. Loved what I played of it so far.
Posted: 08/31/12, 06:31:47
Just finished the ice world. Heading to the wind world soon. I mean, next time I play.
Posted: 09/02/12, 07:02:12
This game is one dollar for PSN+ members this week.

Posted: 10/18/12, 07:00:26
@Guillaume Jiminy Jillickers! I should really look into PS+...
Posted: 10/18/12, 22:55:51

I bought it. Who knows when I'll actually play it.
Posted: 10/18/12, 23:28:32
@Guillaume Good god that is where I am at right now and it is not fun.
Posted: 11/05/12, 07:00:26
Wait, are you kidding me? This long ass end area has no save points? Ridiculous.
Posted: 11/05/12, 08:53:40
And... done. Finished with a single heart. Thank god for that, I didn't want to go through that end sequence yet AGAIN.
Posted: 11/05/12, 09:37:19
Got nostalgia for Pepelogoo?
Here's a remake* just for you!

Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World
Coming to Switch and PS4 in 2021.

*There's some confusion in the articles I've seen over whether this is a remake or a sequel. Guess we'll find out for sure on Saturday.
Posted: 08/27/20, 02:32:04  - Edited by 
 on: 08/27/20, 02:32:20
I wonder what the dev behind Monster Boy in the Cursed Kingdom think, given how the 100% ending hinted at a sequel starring an Asha equivalent. That's the game I'm waiting for. Not that I don't trust the original Wonder Boy devs, but Monster Boy was so good!
Posted: 08/27/20, 16:26:20
This whole series confuses me. If I loved Monster World IV, and was only so so on Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, should I be excited? How many different sub-series are there?!
Posted: 08/28/20, 03:55:26
@Zero What are you talking about? It's simple.

Posted: 08/28/20, 04:19:18  - Edited by 
 on: 08/28/20, 04:20:02
@Zero I'd say it depends on what you didn't like about The Dragon's Trap.

In regards to Monster Boy: Monster Boy is much more modern. Death isn't as unforgiving as it is in Dragon's Trap. It's a much, much longer game (20 hours if you want to do everything), and feels more like a conventional Metroid game. It has an emphasis on environmental puzzles. For example, if you see a rope, you can likely burn it. This might drop a weight onto a button, allowing you to get through a previously locked door. It also holds onto Wonder Boy staples, like buying weapons and armor at shops.

The main benefit of Monster Boy compared to Dragon's Trap is that there's really no question about where you should be going or what you should be doing. Generally, the game always has a yellow dot on the map of where you need to go.

And DUH, it's SO simple!!

- Wonder Boy was originally Wonder Boy on the Master System and the arcade. When Westone went to port it to the NES, they couldn't keep the rights to Wonder Boy, so the game was reskinned and retitled to Adventure Island. This is its own whole series.
- Wonder Boy (a linear, on rails platformer) then had a sequel: Wonder Boy in Monster Land. This arcade/Master System game evolved with the idea of visiting shops to upgrade your gear. In a sense, it's like a very linear version of Zelda 2. Sidescrolling action. No experience, but you buy stuff from shops. Super, super unforgiving.
- THEN there were TWO versions of Wonder Boy 3. The FIRST Wonder Boy 3 was similar to the original. An arcadey autoscrolling platformer/shmup. The SECOND game was more like Wonder Boy in Monster Land. This was the Dragon's Trap. In fact, this game takes place IMMEDIATELY after Wonder Boy in Monster Land. It did the Rondo of Blood/Symphony of the Night thing long before those games did.
- Dragon's Trap had a couple ports. One to the TurboGrafx, titled Dragon's Curse, and another Master System game starring Monica, Brazil's premiere game mascot.
- Wonder Boy in Monster World (Sega Genesis) was the third game in the "Monster World" series, but the fourth game in the Wonder Boy series. You with me? This game might be pretty recognizable, as it was on the Sega Genesis. If you've ever watched My Life In Gaming on YouTube, you'll notice they use this game in almost every one of their videos.
- Monster World IV gets rid of the Wonder Boy branding altogether. It still has a lot in common with the older games (notably in that you make money to buy gear, and navigate dungeons).

And then YEARS LATER, they made Monster Boy, which is basically in the same Monster World universe. It has a lot of similarities with the Genesis game and Dragon's Trap, with many nods to Monster World IV. It's very much a Metroid style game, especially if you look at how it uses its map. It's kind of like the game that unifies everything that came before it. It's awesome!
Posted: 08/28/20, 14:35:03  - Edited by 
 on: 08/28/20, 15:12:57

Well, that's a letdown. Was I wrong to assume this was going to be yet another beautiful hand-drawn game?
Posted: 08/30/20, 02:33:36

This game does rule though. Unless they messed it up bad, it'll still be a great game. But I wanted something new!
Posted: 08/30/20, 03:32:21
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