|Oh... I didn't know the 3rd Wonder Boy game was basically a Contra game mixed with a SHMUP.|
The levels are divided into a platforming/autoscroll section and a horizontal shmup section.. but honestly even the platforming part feels more shmup-like than platformer-like... your main focus is on shooting the enemies and collecting powerups/health. The enemies come at you in weird patterns making it kind of hard to dodge...
The horizontal shmup parts are actually easy, I hardly ever died in those.. but it's VERY easy to die in the platforming parts, mostly due to the large number of enemies that kill you on contact (even though their projectiles only damage you)... you get to restart instantly as long as you have lives/credits remaining. I got to like the 6th level and by then it was getting way too hard and I lost the rest of my lives.
Watching a longplay now to see what the rest of the game is like... yeah that 6th level isn't too bad if you know what's coming. I could probably beat this if I gave it one more try from the beginning, and not losing a bunch of lives due to getting used to the mechanics..
The 7th level looks like a town from Wonder Boy 2... the 8th level looks easy, 9th (final) level looks really tough. This is going in my backlog for later, I definitely want to try and beat this legit eventually.