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Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

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Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Steam
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
SMPS Z80
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
World
1988  ?


Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4025
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[1]
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ?
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM4044JG



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800 pts ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (モンスターレア) is a Sega System 16 game in the Wonder Boy series. It is not to be confused with Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, which is actually the fourth game in the series.

It was later ported to the Sega Mega Drive, and was brought to the TurboGrafx-CD as well, with the North American release being called just Monster Lair and lacking all Wonder Boy branding. The Mega Drive version was not released in North America.

Gameplay

Monster Lair is unlike other games in the Wonder Boy series, though it at least resembles the original more than it does the various Monster World games. Though it still contains platforming segments, Wonder Boy's sword fires projectiles, and the screen auto-scrolls to the right.

History

Legacy

The Mega Drive version of the game has been brought to the Wii's Virtual Console service.

Versions

Monster Lair was ported to home platforms relatively unscathed, although on the TurboGrafx-CD version lacks parallax scrolling and the Mega Drive version has entirely re-drawn graphics to better suit the hardware.

Magazine articles

Main article: Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Digital manuals

Artwork

Physical scans

System 16 version

System 16, JP
System 16, World

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
64 №1, p31Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[2]
67 №112, p72[3]
75 №30, p96[4]
78 №14, p111[5]
27 №5, p95
37 №9, p21
47 №1, p81[6]
85 №10, p38[7]
81 №9, p60[8]
41 №20, p24/25
40 №23, p55
76 №6, p31[9]
79 №18, p68
86 №20, p66
Sega Mega Drive
63
Based on
14 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, KR
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External links

References

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NEC Retro has more information related to Monster Lair.
  1. File:Raze UK 11.pdf, page 76
  2. File:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf, page 31
  3. File:CVG UK 112.pdf, page 72
  4. File:Generation4 FR 030.pdf, page 96
  5. File:Joystick FR 014.pdf, page 111
  6. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 81
  7. File:PlayerOne FR 010.pdf, page 38
  8. File:Raze UK 09.pdf, page 60
  9. File:SegaPro UK 06.pdf, page 31


Games in the Wonder Boy Series
Wonder Boy (1986) | Wonder Boy in Monster Land (1987) | Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (1988) | Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (1989) | Wonder Boy in Monster World (1991) | Monster World IV (1994) | Monster World Complete Collection (2007)
Book
Wonder Boy V Monster World III Koushiki Guide Book (1991)
Music
Monster World Complete Collection Original Sound Track (2007)