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Alex Kidd, resident of planet Aries, is the king's brother. One day he comes across a rumor that his long lost father, King Thor, is alive and somewhere on the planet Paperock. Of course he immediately travels to said planet to find his father.

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle offers standard platforming action in which Alex explores side-scrolling levels and has to avoid touching enemies. He has two standard attacks to his disposal: punching enemies on the ground and kicking them in the air. He also uses items to make his life easier, e.g. a pedicopter with a gun, a pogo-stick for reaching higher ground or an invulnerability cloak. After usage Alex puts those items into his inventory but he loses the active item when dying. Coins are acquired from defeated enemies or treasure chests.

Just like in Alex Kidd in Miracle World, the mini game Janken, also known as rock-paper-scissors, plays an important role: bosses are not defeated by shooting but by beating them in this game of chance. New in comparison to the predecessor is that Janken also needs to be played to purchase items in shops: After paying for the item it is only given to Alex if he wins the mini game. The result of failure is death.


Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Genesis Japanese title
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Genesis Korean title
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Genesis Rock-paper-scissors game is an essential gameplay element here
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Genesis Nasty fishes

Alternate Titles

  • "アレックスキッド 天空魔城" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Alex Kidd: Tenkū Majō" -- Japanese title
  • "알렉스키드 천공마성" -- Korean spelling

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Whoever thought of this game was a lunatic Genesis emmamomocat (30)
Don't let the 1st level fool you. This game is a platforming classic. Genesis Emperor MAR (2613)

Critic Reviews Genesis Aug 31, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Player One Genesis Nov, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) Genesis Oct, 1990 83 out of 100 83
VideoGame Genesis Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Genesis May, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Thunderbolt Games Genesis Nov 20, 2004 4 out of 10 40 (UK) Wii May 04, 2007 4 out of 10 40
HonestGamers Genesis Dec 19, 2003 4 out of 10 40
GameSpot Wii Apr 18, 2007 3.8 out of 10 38
Random Access Genesis Nov 17, 2013 1.5 out of 10 15


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Console release

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle is the first, and, so far, only, home-version game in the series which was not released for the SEGA Master System.

Version differences

The original Japanese version has a more adult atmosphere. In the American version, characters losing the Janken battles get crushed by a weight. In the original version, those characters simply lose all their clothes. Also, the first town is called Bikinitown, but in the US version they changed it to Rookietown.
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