Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (Arcade, Sega Mega-Drive, PC Engine, TurboGrafx-CD)
Islands, The Jungle, Name Entry, Shooter Stage
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair was released in Japan as an Arcade game and PC Engine game, Europe and Australia as Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair on the Sega Mega-Drive and in North America on the TurboGrafx-CD simply as Monster Lair. These are the PC Engine and TurboGrafx-CD versions of the tracks, which feature a superior audio sound.
The music found in the Wonder Boy series always gears towards the more cheery side of video game music. The track Islands is the games first stage theme and towards the end of the track, a very clear recorded guitar solo is played, showcasing the advantages of a CD medium in terms of a games soundtrack.
In this track, the diverse instrumentation helps to show the funky side of the games music. The slightly warped opening helps in creating this specific funk-feel, and the entire track as a whole has a very 80's pop sound to it
There's an almost soothing sound in this theme with its serene backing and echo-like string melody. The varied percussion and faint guitar riffs also help in delivering the soundtracks most versatile theme, that also requires multiple listens to truly appreciate.
This track is yet another lively tune. There are some unique sounds in the song, including pitchy strings, a bubble-popping percussion sound and frantic, almost distorted clapping.
Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.