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Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars

aka: Alex Kidd: The Lost Star
Moby ID: 8421
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Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars has similar gameplay like in the other Alex Kidd games, but this one's easier and designed for kids. Once again you play Alex, whose mission is to run through each location, knocking down enemies, and obtain the six miracle balls. These balls are hidden inside the strangest places like golden eggs, the Fantasy Zone ship out of action, clamshells, Christmas presents, pumpkins, and desk bells.

Alex must then venture in outer space to defeat the evil Ziggurat. Locations include Toy World, Machine World, the World of Make Believe, Water World, and Monster World. You will even tour through the giant's body. Once you obtained the six miracle balls, you have to run through all the locations again, but these repeated locations introduce new enemies.

With all the locations, you're under a time limit, and as usual, if the time expires, you lose a life. Alex starts the game with nothing, but during the game, he can collect power-ups that give him extra time, and allow him to shoot enemies or jump higher.

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  • アレックスキッドザ・ロストスターズ - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 62% (based on 21 ratings)

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Average score: 2.6 out of 5 (based on 33 ratings with 1 reviews)

Simple sidescroller with great enemy variety.

The Good
A giant variety of enemies that don't repeat on other levels, an amazing amount when you consider enemy variety in other games of this era. They are well drawn & well animated. This makes every level much more interesting & challenging & fun! This has different level layouts from the arcade version. The projectile weapon is a cool effect like you are shooting people with your soul. The water stage is much more forgiving & fun than its arcade counterpart. Doesn't have boss fights but instead difficult to pass obstacles, a welcome difference.

The Bad
The first couple of enemies in the game are very difficult to get past & gives you the wrong impression about the game's overall difficulty. A bare bummed punk pees skulls. In the arcade the skulls spring up next to him but here it looks like he pees them. Controls are not as good as the arcade version & most of its power-ups are missing. The shoot power-up doesn't appear very often. Alex's scream while dying is terrible & annoying to where you turn the sound off within 3-4 deaths. You have to repeat the game in full to beat the game. Music fits with its tunes but is too high pitchy. I can't find out whether this came out in the arcade before Miracle World in 1986, that bugs me.

The Bottom Line
A fun & simple platformer once you get used to it & past most of the first level. While the level's graphics & themes are based on the arcade the game does have different level layouts making it worth playing both.

SEGA Master System · by Emperor MAR (2598) · 2013

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Arcade Version

The only Alex Kidd game to have an arcade release. The game is pretty much the same as the SMS version but includes two-player co-op gameplay. Instead of a palette swap however, player two gets to control a female version of Alex.

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Game added by Katakis | カタキス.

Wii added by gamewarrior. Arcade added by Pseudo_Intellectual.

Additional contributors: Zovni, chirinea, formercontrib, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST.

Game added February 15, 2003. Last modified September 30, 2023.