When it comes to collections of retro classics it’s always a bit hard to know how to score them. Fundamentally older games like these, especially at its origin coming from the classic arcade era, don’t have the technical prowess to make an impression so more often than not nostalgia tends to be the biggest driver for success. In the case of the Wonder Boy series, while I remember playing a few from the franchise I also never remember being terribly enamored with them, and this collection is a reminder of the middling but not necessarily amazing play they offer. To the credit of the people behind it, watching the slow evolution from a much simpler (but at least colorful) arcade action game to something more of an action RPG of sorts over time was cool to see, though I’ll admit that aside from the graphical upgrade the third and fourth entries in the series here don’t differentiate themselves greatly. If you’re a Wonder Boy Fan(boy) this will probably be an easy one to pick up, but outside of that crowd unless you simply appreciate retro games it may be a tougher sell.
Justin Nation, Score: