Jan. 25th, 2017

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Monster World IV stars a green-haired fantasy-Arabian girl in parachute pants named Asha, and I'm about 90% sure she was the eventual ancestor (in a spiritual sense) of Shantae the half-genie and HER series of platformers.

This was a lengthy one, the dungeon-mazes kept stretching on longer and longer each new world you visit, and the platforming challenges got TOUGH as the game stretched on. At one point I actually resorted to mid-game save-states, which I haven't done since last year's Mega Man X. Fortunately the PS3 port incorporates save-states natively, which... y'know, it's a nice touch! Thank you, porting team.

The sheer personality and bright colorful character art really carried this one. At the end, the genie you've been using as a taxi service all throughout pops up to lean on the fourth wall and explain this is the end of the Monster World series, unless "you all make a wish for a Monster World V, someday..."

With the Wonder Boy 3: Dragon's Trap remake and "Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom" coming out, we'll be getting that in spirit if not actually name. And if I want more of Asha... and I do, well, there's always Shantae.

Still I'm gonna MISS this game. What a great conclusion.

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