Parents' Guide to

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Amusing, colorful adventure is great for kids of all ages.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Wonderful game - addiction to the game is an issue requires parent supervision

It's a lovely game - solving mysterious puzzles with wonderful music and graphics. Some parts would require help of the parent, because the puzzle require some basic reading. I found it a wonderful game to play together with the kid. The kid however can become addicted if not controlled on the amount of time they play. To play the entire game, kid must know how to read some parts, so I guess 7+ would be best suitability, but lower ages could start already with parent assistance.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a great-looking game that's easy to pick up and play, offers a surprising amount of depth, and apart from some moments, is ideal for younger gamers. The real fun in Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is discovering what your characters can do, taking advantage of this skill, and then coming into a situation where you can instantly swap out to another character who might be best suited for the job. For example, when you transform into a pink pig, you can sniff out clues and hidden areas, but as a snake, you can climb walls and crawl into small areas you can't as Jin or a pig. Along with these physical changes, you can obtain weapons and armor, and pick up other items from shops that can be used, upgraded using the in-game currency (gems).

Also with the stunning hand-drawn animation (including attractive anime-like cut-scene sequences), this game also features an exceptional music soundtrack, and offers several in-game languages (nine, to be exact). There isn't much to complain about this game, but the story isn't strong (and is virtually the same as previous Wonder Boy narratives). The plot is extremely straightforward, plus there's no multiplayer support (local co-op would've been a blast here). Whether it's been a while since you picked up a side-scroller or if you're a fan of the game genre, you won't be disappointed with Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. It's a big and deep game that's accessible, gorgeous, and super fun to play.

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