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Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

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































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code


Arcade (System 16)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (System 16)
US
$? ?




















Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4025
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2]More...[3]
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[5]pts
A
Wii Virtual Console
US
900[6]pts
Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800[7]pts
Steam
US
$2.99[9] 71168
Steam
EU
€2.49[9] 71168
Steam
UK
£1.99[9] 71168
Steam
AU
$3.49[9] 71168



Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (ワンダーボーイIII 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 that was mislabeled in localization. It is the last game in the "Wonder Boy arcade trilogy".

It was later ported to the Mega Drive. Strangely, it was also brought to the PC Engine CD as an actual Wonder Boy title with no alterations, though only the Japanese box has the "Wonder Boy III" mark on it. Even stranger is that the Mega Drive version was not released in North America while the PC Engine CD version was.

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.

Rounds

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The Southern Isles
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The Jungle
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Cavern
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Deserted Village
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Ice World
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The Desert
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A Town in the Valley
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The Northern Isles
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The Enemy Hideout

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.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: Uncredited


Digital manuals

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

Main article: Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair/Promotional material.

Artwork

Physical scans

System 16 version

System 16, JP
System 16, World

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
58 №1990-12, p26[11]
53 №, p85[12]
64 №1, p31Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[13]
67 №112, p72[14]
60 №119, [1]
75 №30, p96[15]
20 №1991-01, p42
78 №14, p111[16]
27 №5, p95
37 №9, p21
47 №1, p81[17]
85 №10, p38[18]
81 №9, p60[19]
41 №20, p24/25
40 №23, p55
76 №6, p31[20]
79 №18, p68
86 №20, p66
Sega Mega Drive
60
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Wonder Boy III in Monster Lair MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, Benelux Union
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Cover

External links

References

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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) | Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World (2012)
Book
Wonder Boy V Monster World III Koushiki Guide Book (1991)
Music
Monster World Complete Collection Original Sound Track (2007)