Surprise Boy assortment

A wealthy and dispersed saga


Fantastic boy


Showing on arcade terminals within the mid-Eighties, the Surprise Boy saga was promised a shiny future. All of it begins in 1986 with the arrival of somewhat blond caveman who goes to search for his kidnapped princess. An enticing motion / platformer, the title rapidly turns into a traditional. The sport is customized for the SEGA console and the “boy” turns into one of many model’s unofficial mascots, together with Alex Kidd. It was earlier than the thunderous arrival of a sure blue hedgehog.

Surprise Boy in Monster Land

A yr later, the character returns however this second journey not has a lot to do with the earlier one. This time we’re coping with an journey / motion recreation with a cash system that permits us to purchase increasingly more sturdy gear. The knight has a sword, protect and armor and footwear to purchase in shops. Nice to browse even right now, the title comes out in arcades, then on residence consoles: PC Engine and SEGA Grasp System.

It’s with this episode that the “Monster World” saga opens in Japan, which may have the impact of making a niche with the titles which can be in Europe. Surprise Boy in Monster Land is titled “Surprise Boy II” with us.


Two large absentees from this compilation: Surprise Boy III Dragon’s Lure and Monster Lair


The subsequent title within the Monster World saga is Surprise Boy III: Dragon’s Lure. Taking on every part that made the second episode profitable, this provides a system of transformations into an open 2D world as an open world can be. A form of Metroïd-vania ante litteram, Surprise Boy III is a wonderful recreation that sadly is absent from this compilation! … This absence is considerably incomprehensible, until the 2017 remake of this recreation is just not because of this. . . It’s nevertheless largely regrettable for a title belonging to the gathering.

Extra superfluous however the identical: additionally absent the primary recreation launched on SEGA Megadrive, Surprise Boy III – Monster Lair. This title was a mediocre shooter, however it will have had its place on this compilation.

Surprise Boy in Monster World


Episode 5 of the saga, Surprise Boy in Monster World is the primary episode of the journey / RPG saga on SEGA Megadrive. Within the continuity of the earlier two journey video games, this episode gives an ideal journey, all with magnificent graphics. Failing to supply Surprise Boy III the dragon entice, that is the perfect episode of the journey saga, albeit maybe somewhat sluggish right now.

Monster world IV

Monster World IV, the final episode of the collection on the time and the final of the 4 video games featured on this compilation, is a extra motion / platform oriented recreation than the earlier ones. Within the function of Asha, a brand new journey awaits you, throughout which you may be accompanied by a small blue creature that helps you progress because of her transformations. This “Surprise Boy 6” had by no means appeared in Europe on the time on Megadrive, and we needed to look forward to his launch on the Wii Digital Console or his presence within the remake of the sport launched in 2021: Asha in Monster World.

We have been stunned to make the non secular sequel to this saga in 2018: Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a wonderful recreation, as thrilling and as troublesome as you would like. However a recreation of this magnitude and so latest is clearly not current right here.


4 video games or nothing!


As we simply noticed, right now’s Surprise Boy video games don’t have anything to show and can thrill followers of retro video games and journey video games.

Solely right here, troublesome for followers and even for these hoping to find a saga in its entirety, settle for that one in all its primary episodes, Surprise Boy III the Dragon’s Lure, is absent from the sport. Although the sport is offered through its 2017 remake, it will nonetheless have been greater than truthful to incorporate it right here.

To not point out, this assortment solely gives you one model of every title. If that is comprehensible for the 2 unique Megadrive titles, Surprise Boy and Surprise Boy II they’d have deserved to see their alternate variations current (no less than Surprise Boy II on SEGA Grasp System, a relatively totally different model)!

No, the one benefit of this compilation is the addition of a really helpful “rewind” perform if you wish to progress comfortably, in addition to a “velocity up” perform, for some barely sluggish passages, and even assist with agriculture (of items, at random). They’re situated on the controller triggers and may be personalized within the menus.

A menu with out wonders


Along with the titles, for which totally different visible, sound or gameplay parameters may be utilized (for this see our residence video), the menu gives a really small gallery of photos and a really unhappy fastened display of credit.

So all of that is definitely neat, however on the entire it’s grossly missing in generosity. Nothing to unlock of any type. That is the minimal service.

Boxing replace (alcohol free)

The sport is offered from June 3 on the Swap eshop. It additionally comes out in a boxed model available on the market. This boxed model consists of the 4 video games talked about above.

We specify it as a result of there may be additionally a boxed model printed by Strictly Restricted, an impartial firm that launched pre-orders two months in the past for a “thirty fifth anniversary” model of the sport. This version accommodates all of the episodes of the saga and all of the variations of every recreation. , in addition to varied collector’s editions. Right now there may be solely the nice collector’s version filled with goodies, which is price a sure worth. The easy model prices twice as a lot because the “4 video games” model yow will discover in shops, however no less than it is full.

Video check

We invite you to return again to this video compilation because of our inside check!

Take a look at: Surprise Boy Assortment (Swap)01/06/2022

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