Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap

Description

Need I introduce this game? One of the best games ever made. A huge, interconnecting game world; ingenious multiple character gameplay allowing you to unlock areas previously visited throughout the game; RPG overtones, and very well balanced gameplay.

In hindsight it is a little bit easy, but maybe that’s because I played it too much over the years. It is undeniably easier than its predecessor, although total completion (getting all items) is not so simple.

If you haven’t played this game then be ashamed, very ashamed. Go and play it now.

Note that the main village/forest/sea map is enormous; yet, it all lines up perfectly, even the pirate ship which you can’t be sure is aligned in the game. It shows the effort that went into it. Also note that I’ve done some little blends here and there to smooth transitions between palette changes when the game flick-screens rather than scrolling. I kept it to the SMS palette though :) I also “invented” some background parts which don’t really exist in the game, like the leaves above the forest.

Big thanks to Furanku for some of the maps.

Brief game guide

Read the story in the game...

Controls:

  • L/R = walk
  • D = crouch
  • U = enter door
  • U/D/L/R on landing = cling to “mouse block” (when in Mouse-Man form)
  • 1 = sword/flame (when in Lizard-Man form)/cancel menu
  • 2 = jump/swim(when in Aqua-Man form)/fly (when in Hawk-Man form)/select item
  • D+2 = magic
  • Pause = status

MEKA Dragon castle

Meka Dragon Castle 1 (16KB, 2384×512)
Meka Dragon Castle 2 (12KB, 2104×352)

Village/forest/sea

Village (261KB, 16128×1056)
Village interiors (14KB, 1080×688)

Desert/lava

Desert (132KB, 15952×704)
Lava Castle (4KB, 472×576)

Pyramid

Pyramid 1 (11KB, 1512×632)
Pyramid 2 (20KB, 5376×352)

Jungle Tower

Jungle Tower (33KB, 2544×1216)

Pirate Ship

Pirate Ship (26KB, 2944×512)

Japanese Castle

Japanese Castle 1 (8KB, 4088×176)
Japanese Castle 2 (19KB, 1296×880)

Sky Castle

Sky Castle 1 (1KB, 240×176)
Sky Castle 2 (3KB, 512×176)
Sky Castle 3 (103KB, 8720×2157)

Ending

Ending 1 (7KB, 1248×176)
Ending 2 (5KB, 248×1400)