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Monster World Legends is a 30th anniversary tribute to the legendary Wonder Boy franchise. It is a side-scroller that blends action, platform, adventure, and RPG elements into one.

Engage in a 2-Dimensional, multi-genre game as you travel across areas new and old. Explore the ever-expanding Monster World and restore peace once again.

Features

  • A story that blends heroes and worlds of the past, present, and future

  • Open world and stage based game play

  • For the first time in the series, characters have voices

  • A vast variety of equipment, items, and skills to obtain

  • Classic Wonder Boy/Monster World game play with unique twists

  • Various customization options

  • Bonus features


Story

Wonder World was once a peaceful realm. However, a horde of monsters invaded and over time, it became known as Monster World. The leader of the monsters was and extra-terrestrial creature known as Bio Mecha.

Due to this, a young man named Shion vowed to defeat the monsters and their leader. Shion defeated Biomecha and restored peace.Shortly after the battle of Monster World, he vanished.

When a mysterious new evil threatens to destroy Monster World, chaos breaks loose causing time periods to collide with one another. Warriors written throughout history join forces in a quest to save the world from collapsing. Along with 6 brand new heroes to aid them, this may be their most difficult quest yet.

Prequel

A prequel to the game is below. If you want to experience the full story, you can play Shantae and Asha:Dream Fantasia.

Shantae And Asha

Latest Blog

Back On Track!

Hello, everyone! Long time, no see! I have good news regarding this project. Due to the recent base version of Shantae and Asha being completed, a majority of focus has been shifted back to Monster World Legends. While an extra content package is planned for the other project, the majority of this year's production will be primarily focused here. There's a handful of things to discuss, so let's get this show on the road!

Engine Update

The very first step to getting this to where it needs to be is by updating the engine with everything I've learned about Game Maker since 2017. One of the biggest reasons why Shantae and Asha was crafted was to create something that forced me to learn the things I was afraid to learn. I was very upset with my lack of knowledge and in result, made Monster World Legends feel off.

Starting very soon, updates will be made to the engine to make it feel and display better in every way possible starting with its physics. My coding style has improved as well, so things should be easier to read from this point onward.

Spiritual Character References

Believe it or not, for those who submitted characters all those years ago, I think about them all of the time. In my head, I can see and hear the kinds of events I want them to go through in this game. Now that there is a definitive cut scene engine for my projects, they'll be able to interact with another more than ever before!

As for who they will function like, if you play Shantae and Asha, the characters I wanted to base them off of are already there. For example, Tatto and Yae are mirrors of Ferkin and Kiki. They will have slight differences and abilities however in MWL. I wanted to learn how to program as many character types as I possibly could in one game, so if you are wondering why there are so many cherry-picked playable characters and forms, it was so that I could gain the necessary experience needed for when I came back to this.

Lore And Materials Gathered For World Building

Simply put, I love the Monster World series as if it were my own IP. I know nearly everything there is to know about it and recently, I've come across a wealth of things that can assist in finally putting this together. This includes design documents of Monster World 3 and 4, sound effects that weren't available before, and much more!

Someone even FINALLY took the time to rip the sound effects from Wonder Boy in Monster World! This means that I have every sound effect, enemy, tile set, and background I'll need. The entire genesis lineup of resources is at last complete. I guess good things do come to those who wait, huh?

Brand New World System

Up to this point, Monster World Legends has lacked direction in what kind of world structure should be used. However, I believe I know what to do with it now. Since it is a time travel-based adventure, it will feature open and linear elements to make sure that it can be as well-rounded as possible.

Battle System Improvements

Thanks to a wide variety of games I've played over the past couple of years, I have become an even bigger battle system nut than before. I can't get enough of it! While I did enjoy the battle system of this game back then, when I tried it again recently, it didn't feel right. So, the game will receive a battle system update that'll shoot to be as clean and satisfying as possible.

Closing Words

While I am sorry that it's taken so long with this project, I can officially say that this game is in very good hands from this point on. For those who are still around, I hope you'll stick around a little longer and thank you for being patient with me. It's definitely not easy to put faith into something that doesn't seem to be going anywhere, but as long as one has the drive to continue, then nothing is truly lost.

Thank you so much for reading and may this be a successful development process from this point on! As a famous, gun-armed man once said, "Ain't no gettin' offa this train we're on, till we get to the end of the line!

Posts

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I've been pining for a sidescrolling RPG for some time!
I'm glad to hear that:) I hope you will like it when the first demo is released.
Oh this looks neat! I'm an old fan of side scrollin'! Been playing the damn things back in 86'! I made a short shooter using Game Maker but I wasn't too good at programming.
Wow, these are some sexy graphics. Are they completely custom or are they ripped from something?
I don't know about all of the graphics, but I can see there are several rips from the Wonder Boy in Monster Land games.
Some of the Sprites are ripped. But, I am constantly working on editing them to become original. For example, the palm trees in Seaside Coast are edited. They used to be fat, but I made them skinny to get a classic look to them.
This looks all kinds of badass.
Subscribed.
Ive touched every button but it wont connect NEW GAME.
author=Roy
Ive touched every button but it wont connect NEW GAME.

Have you tried pressing Enter? I'll download it and see what you mean......*downloading*..... It works fine.
This looks really interesting, I'm gonna try this out and hand you my thoughts.
author=XRazorBlackX
This looks really interesting, I'm gonna try this out and hand you my thoughts.


Great!! I look forward to it.
I've seen Game Maker games with gamepad support. Is that possible for you to do? I haven't played an action game on the keyboard in years.
Hmm.. I've never thought about it. But, I will look into that for people who don't want to use a keyboard. I'll take that into consideration. Good thinking!
This game looks interesting. I wonder why I wasn't subbed to it already? ...Well, I just fixed that. =P

I'll give the demo a go whenever I have some free extra time...
Dude this game feels really awkward. Do you use hitbox detection at all? It's hard to tell if your sword's going to hit in relation to the enemy and it feels all too fast. Idk if you compare your game to like any action platformer like maybe castlevania there's a mechanical instance that feels "right." It sucks because it's really hard to discuss controls and pinpoint what's wrong with this game. Keep in mind I'm talking about the fundamentals here...

I think the main problem is the sword speed feels too fast, like it's just one frame that appears for a split second. In any action game there's usually a delay during or before the attack to give it the right feel. It's really hard to explain. Plus the jumping sword attack feels really finnicky, I cannot tell how far its range is because you're just spinning a sprite without actually showing the slash. I'm glad that theres an action game on here that isn't in frackin rpg maker but you really should look at the difference between say... idk megaman zero's sword slashes to lydia's

author=Darken
Dude this game feels really awkward. Do you use hitbox detection at all? It's hard to tell if your sword's going to hit in relation to the enemy and it feels all too fast. Idk if you compare your game to like any action platformer like maybe castlevania there's a mechanical instance that feels "right." It sucks because it's really hard to discuss controls and pinpoint what's wrong with this game. Keep in mind I'm talking about the fundamentals here...

I think the main problem is the sword speed feels too fast, like it's just one frame that appears for a split second. In any action game there's usually a delay during or before the attack to give it the right feel. It's really hard to explain. Plus the jumping sword attack feels really finnicky, I cannot tell how far its range is because you're just spinning a sprite without actually showing the slash. I'm glad that theres an action game on here that isn't in frackin rpg maker but you really should look at the difference between say... idk megaman zero's sword slashes to lydia's


Hitbox detection is in the plan, I just haven't added it yet.This is just the early demo. I haven't updated it in about a month or two. Changes are being made daily in fact.

I agree that Game Maker needs to have more games on this site, and some action games made in RPG maker are'nt so good. I used game maker because of it's easy to use interface and simple design.

Everything you've mentioned is already fixed in the version I'm working on.
Believe me, I notice most of the flaws before people even notice them. I plan out everything on paper, so I know what to add, remove, and consider.
Marrend
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I fear I could not get very far because of "key jamming" issues. For example, I'm holding three keys at the same time (The space bar to jump, the left arrow button to go left, and the up button to enable high-jump), and the computer only recognizes two button presses ("go left" and "jump"). Well, I figure that I need to be able to high-jump to get to the next platform, anyway, because normal jumping obviously ain't getting me there!

In no way am I blaming you, or the game, for this, but how possible is it to set up customizable controls?
author=Marrend
I fear I could not get very far because of "key jamming" issues. For example, I'm holding three keys at the same time (The space bar to jump, the left arrow button to go left, and the up button to enable high-jump), and the computer only recognizes two button presses ("go left" and "jump"). Well, I figure that I need to be able to high-jump to get to the next platform, anyway, because normal jumping obviously ain't getting me there!

In no way am I blaming you, or the game, for this, but how possible is it to set up customizable controls?


I was considering that:) You're playing the beta demo, which has several flaws. I will update this game soon with fixed gameplay and animations.
author=XBuster
author=Marrend
I fear I could not get very far because of "key jamming" issues. For example, I'm holding three keys at the same time (The space bar to jump, the left arrow button to go left, and the up button to enable high-jump), and the computer only recognizes two button presses ("go left" and "jump"). Well, I figure that I need to be able to high-jump to get to the next platform, anyway, because normal jumping obviously ain't getting me there!

In no way am I blaming you, or the game, for this, but how possible is it to set up customizable controls?
I was considering that:) You're playing the beta demo, which has several flaws. I will update this game soon with fixed gameplay and animations.

Actually, at the risk of any tutorials, you really need to add customizable controls. It's just the smart thing to do.
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author=Gourd_Clae
Actually, at the risk of any tutorials, you really need to add customizable controls. It's just the smart thing to do.


Well, the only change to the help file that I would see if that it would reference the keys it mentions as the default ones, and, oh, by the way, this is how you change the controls. Or, setting up custom controls would be a main menu option and probably be self-explanatory.
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