Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle is the fifth edition in a series of fun action games, this one being released for the Sega Genesis. Travelling to the Planet Paper Rock Alex discovers that King Thor his father is alive and well. Alex needs to reach the enchanted castle so will encounter enemies along the way. He must use his well honed karate skills as well as his paper, rock scissors technique to defeat them.
Basically its a platform game where Alex runs and jumps while also collecting coins as he goes. When you reach the end of each level you will engage in a Boss Fight where Alex uses his paper, rock scissors skills to win. Win so you can move along to the next level but if you lose you have to go back to the start of the level to play it all over again. At least its only to the beginning of the level you have to go not right back to the start of the game.
A nice feature in The Enchanted Castle is Alex’s shopping ability. There are many different shops as you play along where Alex can show off his paper, rock, scissors skill to win items he needs to complete the level. Items Alex can win include a magic ring that shoots out fire, a pogo stick that he can use to jump really high, a levitating cane, a motor bike he can ride to run down his foes, a helicopter that shoots missiles, a necklace that if worn enables him to read minds plus last but not least the cape of invincibility. Quite a list you will agree plus its great fun using these gifts to help your quest.
The game is very cute to both look at and listen to with colourful cartoon characters plus a really upbeat sound track that suits the pace of the game admirably. The locations include forests and deserts until you reach the enchanted castle that has trap doors and is full of enemies to slay.
I know in some quarters Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle has not been welcomed with enthusiasm but as with all games fans will know that it is all down to individual opinion. The controls can be a little flaky in parts, something I think that has influenced poor reviews. I wouldn’t say it is a great challenge but I do think it is a great way to have a bit of fun plus hone your game play skills while passing a few hours.