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Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap is a platforming and action-adventure video game developed by Westone. It was published by Sega and released for the Sega Master System in 1989 and for the Game Gear in 1992 under the title Monster World II: The Dragon's Trap (モンスターワールドＩＩ ドラゴンの罠 Monsutā Wārudo Tsū: Doragon no Wana?). It was ported by Hudson Soft in 1991 and was released for the PC Engine in Japan under the title Adventure Island (アドベンチャーアイランド Adobenchā Airando?) and for the TurboGrafx-16 in North America under the title Dragon's Curse. It was also ported in 1993 by Brazilian company Tec Toy under the title Turma da Mônica em o Resgate, with the game retooled to include characters from Brazilian comic book series Monica's Gang (Turma da Mônica). A remake developed by Lizardcube and published by DotEmu is currently in development.
The game takes place immediately after the events of Wonder Boy in Monster Land, which Wonder Boy has been cursed by the Mecha Dragon and must locate the Salamander Cross to lift it. The game is nonlinear and features varying landscapes in which players must navigate. Players find items and clues needed to access different parts of Monster Land, and they can transform into other forms and gain different abilities.
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap received extensive coverage worldwide in gaming magazines upon its release. It was praised for its colorful and cartoon-like graphics, rich sound and diverse sound effects, and varied and addictive gameplay. Criticisms include sprite flickering in the Master System version as well as slippery controls. The game has been compared to the Castlevania and Metroid series, while one review called it "a straightforward and simple 'Metroidvania' adventure". It won Electronic Gaming Monthly's "Best Game of the Year" award for the Master System in 1989. Reviews from gaming magazines have described the game as one of the best Master System and 8-bit titles of all time.