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Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is a remake of the original Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, with gameplay reverse engineered from the original Master System code and brand new hand-drawn graphics and musical rearrangements.
Set immediately after the events of Wonder Boy in Monster Land, players control an adventurer who, upon defeating the Mecha Dragon, has become afflicted with a curse turning them into a Lizard-Man. The player must journey across the world and defeat all the other dragons in the land in order to return to human form. Like in the original game, players explore various lands, defeating enemies to earn items, such as arrows and fireballs, and money which can be used to purchase new weapons and armor. Over the course of the game, the player gains new animals forms, each with new abilities allowing for additional exploration. These include Lizard-Man, who can spit fire, Mouse-Man, who can climb on marked blocks, Pirahna-Man, who can swim underwater, Lion-Man, who can strike overhead and below with their sword, and Hawk-Man, who can fly through the air.
The game retains the gameplay and level design of the original game, albeit with some enhancements such as instant weapon-toggling and physics tweaks, and also supports passwords from the original game.
New features added to the remake include additional difficulty settings, the option to play as a female character named Wonder Girl, which also alters the game's title, hidden bonus areas, and the ability to independently toggle the graphics and audio between modern and retro styles, the latter of which includes additional settings such as visual filters and an FM audio option.