Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

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a game by Sega
Genre: Platformer
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 7.2/10, based on 6 reviews
User Rating: 7.3/10 - 3 votes
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Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

Oh no! Alex Kidd's father, King Thor, is missing and there's good news and bad news. The good news is that Alex knows who kidnapped his father -- evil Ashra, the ruler of planet Paperock. The bad news is that Paperock is home to all kinds of ferocious creatures, large and small, that are intent on keeping Alex from rescuing his father You know what comes next -- it's non-stop adventure in this first 16-bit escapade for the famous Kidd.

Just Kidding

As Alex, you must battle your way to Paperock's Sky Castle through eleven danger-filled rounds. Along the way, use your powerful jumps and kicks to protect yourself and also to uncover hidden items and power ups. Break open treasure chests to find gold, Tokens, and 1-Ups.

ProTip: Sometimes you'll find 1-Ups in the black treasure chest -- but watch out for chests that are booby-trapped with bombs.

Wind your way through the cobblestone streets of Rookietown, a pretty place where you have avoid being run down by cars while airplanes dive-bomb from overload. On the Prairie, dodge Prairie Dogs and watch out for Hedgehogs who curl into indestructible balls. Swim through the clear blue water of the Splashy Sea, but remember to come up for air and investigate the rocks at the water's surface. Plod through the burning sands of the Scorpion Desert and search through the giant Pyramids.

Use the Pedicopter to fly high above the Pyramids for hidden treasures.

If you make it as far as the Hi Ho forest, you'll have to fight your way through the trees. Waiting for you on the other side of the forest is Tropics Town, sister city to Rookietown. The toughest part of your journey begins in the dangerous Rocky Mountain area, and your adventure concludes with the final showdown in Sky Castle.

In the different areas, such as Rookietown and the Prairie, try doing little jump-kicks on the ground. You may find that things are not as solid as they appear, and you can drop into secret underground rooms.

Paperock Predators

Watch for Ashra's creatures everywhere you go. They're out to yet you and they'll stop at nothing. Rookietown and Tropics Town are populated by speeding cars and low-flying planes. On the Prairie, in addition to Prairie Dogs and Hedgehogs, you'll also have to contend with Crazy Condors. Underwater, strange creatures like the Puffer-fish, Spinning Turtles, Starfish, and a large red Octopus attack you.

Destroy the Octopus by blasting the ends of his tentacles.

The blazing sands of the Scorpion Desert are populated by Scorpions, Ant Lions, and Stalking Mummies. Bees, Masked Woodcutters, and Maniac Monkeys make sure the forest is no walk in the park. Besides more Scorpions and Condors, you'll also find mysterious Old Wizards in the Rocky Mountains. In the skies above the Sky Castle, Blimps attack, and the castle itself is guarded by Ashra's soldiers. Fire Ghosts, and other intimidating, foes.

Rock, Scissors, Paper

In addition to your more mundane enemies, you'll also get to match wits with a series of different foes in a round or two of Janken! In each level you'll have several opportunities to enter a Janken house and try to beat the character there in a game of rock, scissors, paper to earn a special item. Items you can win include the Pedicopter (a powerful flying vehicle), the Pogo Stick (to help you jump higher), and the Cape (to make yourself invincible for a short period of time). If these Jankens beat you, they just take your money. If you beat them, you get the prize! Other Janken matches are tougher -- you won't be able to advance to the next level without winning them.

Your first "life or death" Janken match takes place in the Scorpion Desert where you'll meet the Queen of the Oasis when you punch and kick through the walls of the pyramids. Make sure to select the Token necklace BEFORE you go up against one of these tougher Jankens. The necklace reveals what your opponent is thinking!

The game lets you select your level of difficulty and continue when you've collected enough gold, ensuring that the adventure is entertaining for gamers of all levels. If you make it to the end, you'll match wits in the ultimate Janken challenge with Ashra himself -- whose motto is "six hands are better than two". With 16-bits backing him up, Alex Kidd, always a popular video game hero, is bigger and better than ever. Here's looking at you, Kidd!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

Alex Kidd, now starring in his fourth game, is a small boy whose adventures are even bigger than his trademark ears.

True, Alex is no ninja, nor is he a fierce fighter or gunslinger. Yet his three Sega Master System adventures have been as challenging as any experienced by his more violent videogame cousins. And in his first Genesis game, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, he carries that tradition. This time Alex sets out across the planet Paperrock in search of his father, who has been missing for many years. Rumor has it that his father is being held captive in some remote castle. The quest begins in RookieTown, where Alex can win such useful items as helicopters, motorbikes, and cloaks of invincibility. But to win these things, he must first pay a nonrefundable fee and then beat the merchant at a game of paper-rock-scissors. It may not be the most equitable arrangement, but Alex can always decline if he chooses.

The enemies Alex encounters appear to be anything but dangerous. Even such normally frightening creatures as scorpions and octopi are depicted in a good-natured, almost cuddly style. But don't be fooled by their appearance, or by the gentle tone of the entire game—just journey through 11 different stages, from prairies to the depths of the sea, through forests, deserts, and pyramids. The Genesis graphics will delight everyone.

Alex Kidd's childlike world is much gentler than those found in many other videogames, where criminals and monsters lurk at every scroll of the screen. Alex battles prairie dogs, turtles, and giant angel fish. He defeats bosses by playing paper-rock-scissors — not by blowing them up or beheading them. And although he faces danger time and again, it's the danger of running into a mouse or a monkey, not of being beaten and knifed by a ninja.

  • Manufacturer: SEGA
  • Machine: Sega Genesis

  • Sound/Music 7

  • Graphics 9
  • Playability 8
  • Overall 8

In this reviewer's opinion, Alex Kidd in Miracle World was one of the best games released for the Sega Master System. It's interesting worlds and addicting game play kept you hooked and playing till the end. Sega, too, realized that their big-eared boy hero was a winner: they released several sequels, although none was as good as the original. Now, with the coming of Sega's new Genesis system, Alex Kidd in Miracle World has been dusted off, polished up and upgraded for the 1990s. Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle is here, and it's been worth the wait.

This time around, Alex's dad, King Thor, has turned up missing. Determined to solve the mystery, Alex travels to the planet Paperock in search of Sky Castle, where Ashra, King Thor's kidnapper, resides. On Paperock Alex discovers that every creature is under Ashra's command. They are all determined to keep Alex from his goal.

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, although a new adventure, is heavily based on the Miracle World game. The scenes through which Alex must travel are eerily reminiscent of those in the original. Also, our hero enjoys the same punching and jumping abilities, albeit with new twists. While Alex still has the power to break blocks with his punch, he can now send them sliding across the floor into enemies. In addition, Alex's jump has been upgraded to an offensive weapon, the jump-kick.

Many of the vehicles are also the same, with Alex riding the Sukopako motorcycle, a fast-moving ground vehicle, and the Pedicopter, a foot-powered helicopter. New to the game is the pogo stick, which gives Alex high-jump capabilities.

During his travels in Paperock, Alex will come upon various obstacles, including breakable rocks, which he can punch apart or push; indestructible rocks, which he can push only; and rubber rocks, on which he can bounce. Treasure chests are everywhere and may contain gold or other special items, such as bombs that Alex must avoid.

Special items that are obtained by winning Janken matches (paper-scissors-rock) include the power bracelet, which allows Alex to shoot; the wizard's cane, which gives Alex the ability to float; the cape, which makes Alex invincible for a short time; and the token, which allows Alex to read the minds of his Janken opponents. The aforementioned Sukopako motorcycle, pedicopter and pogo stick may also be obtained by winning a Janken match.

Like any good arcade adventure, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle contains many secret rooms. For example, if Alex jumps in the right place, he'll discover an underground chamber filled with valuable treasure and dangerous monsters. Surprise discoveries such as these go a long way toward maintaining the game's playability.

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle consists of 11 rounds, each of which is set in its own "world". Alex will travel through towns, prairies, oceans, deserts, forests, jungles and mountains before finally reaching Sky Castle, the last round. The graphics are vivid and fanciful and are rendered in the simulated three-dimensions that are a Genesis trademark.

With Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Alex Kidd fans get a chance to adventure with their hero in a state-of-the-art video game, filled with challenging arcade scenes and plenty of surprises. My vote: recommended.

  • Levels: 11
  • Theme: Adven.
  • Players: 1
  • Difficulty: Average

The popular Alex Kidd series of the Master System fame has been updated and enhanced for the Genesis. Help Alex in his new quest as he makes his way to the castle.

When King Thor was kidnapped, his son, Alex Kidd, held out hope that his father would return to their kingdom on Planet Aries. Finally, it was revealed that he was being held captive on Planet Paperock. As Alex, players race to his rescue through 11 levels, battling enemies and avoiding obstacles while winning coins that will buy special items and vehicles. At the end of each level, players encounter a boss and enter into a match of "Rock, Paper, Scissors." Throwing the right symbols puts players ever closer to bringing King Thor home; throwing the wrong symbols squashes them beneath a heavy weight.

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle is a platform game for the Sega Genesis. It was first released in Japan as a launch title on the February 10, 1989. The fifth game in the Alex Kidd series, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle is the only Alex Kidd game to appear on a 16-bit console.

Alex Kidd discovers that his long-lost father, King Thor, is still alive. He sets off to the planet Paperock to free his father and return him to the planet Aries.

In this game, the player guides Alex through 11 stages on the planet Paperock by fighting and avoiding enemies & obstacles.

Enchanted Castle returns to the original formula of Alex Kidd in Miracle World. Where you have to punch enemies and blocks to destroy them, you can collect vehicles to travel across levels, and reintroduces the classic Janken (Rock, Paper, Scissors) battles, used to fight bosses and to now win items from shops.

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    Andy said on Forum:

    A great classic with the paper scissors stone fighting and annoying music but i really want Miracle World because it was built into to my old Master System, Oh some many memories!.