If you enjoyed the rather lovely remake of Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap from last year, odds are you'll be interested in this. Billed as a spiritual successor to the old-school series, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom launched at the beginning of December, and you can see it in action in the above trailer.

It's a side-scrolling 2D platformer that stars a boy who can transform into various creatures with different abilities -- the snake can slither through small holes, the frog can swing from its tongue on grapple points, and so on. There's a reason it looks so similar to the old Wonder Boy games -- Ryuichi Nishizawa, the original creator, has collaborated on this project to bring the franchise back under a new name. The result looks pretty good, and as we said, it's out right now.

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[source youtube.com]