The First Hour: Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap was not only a videogame ahead of its time, it was a videogame outside of its time when it first released in 1989. With an open world, progression based on unlocking new transformation powers, and a prologue that gives a taste of ultimate power before stripping it all away, it serves in many ways as an unknown prototype of later titles like Demon’s Crest and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Mostly forgotten, last year it got a remake by developer Lizard Cube, placing a new paint job on old bones. Will a mere graphical update be all The Dragon’s Trap needs to prove itself in the contemporary videogame market, or will its age show through anyway? You can watch Andrew (@playcritically) play the first hour in the embedded video below.