I just love those early Sega Master System game box covers!
Another retro gaming gem this time with Sega’s brilliant little platformer, Wonder Boy on the Sega Master System.
‘As Tom-Tom the Wonder Boy, it’s up to you to rescue your girlfriend Tanya from the vile clutches of the monster that has kidnapped her. To do so, you must navigate a series of worlds in a race against time to reach your goal.
Along the way, you’ll battle foes and collect fruit that will add to the amount of time you have to complete your mission. You can also receive helpful power-ups from various eggs, but make sure to avoid the bad eggs and poisonous mushrooms that sap your precious vitality.
Find the magic doll in each level to open up hidden areas, and make it to the very end of your journey to rescue your one true love.’
Back in the 80’s we used to holiday on the east coast and one such amusement arcade (Smiths Arcade) always stocked some of the best and popular arcade machines of the time. Wonderboy was always a firm favorite of mine and became quite good on it that a single credit would last me a good hour (which was also great when you had to manage your hard-earned holiday money as a child).
Next to the original arcade version, the Sega Master System port is by far my favorite with colorful graphics and almost perfect renditions of those catchy game tunes. It still plays as well today and is a cherished cartridge in my collection. Original copies can be found for next to nothing so if you still have a Master System, I highly recommend you seek one out. Alternatively, the Master System port can be found on VC for the Nintendo Wii.
Right, time to find a hammer.
Level 2, cloud hopping
Level 3, underground
Here’s the first boss, a few hammers thrown into his head should do the trick. Just watch out for the odd fireball he throws.