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 sega console.
Alex lives on Planet Aries controlled by his brother, King Igul. After hearing a rumor that his long-lost father, King Thor, was is still alive on Planet Paperrock, Alex travels to the strange planet to search for him. Enchanted Castle returns to the original formula of Alex Kidd in Miracle World.
It is a challenging game that requires different skills on each level. Gold boxes are found on each level which include either a necklace used for the janken, an extra life or bombs which will kill alex if they touch him. On the first two levels alex is able to go under ground and gather more money and gold boxes.
The player guides Alex through 11 stages by fighting and avoiding enemies and obstacles. Without any special items, Alex can jump, kick, crawl, or punch enemies, causing them to explode into gold coins, called Baums. New items and vehicles are gained by playing Janken (Rock, Paper, Scissors) in gambling houses, including a motorcycle, personal helicopter, pogo stick, and a wizard cane that allows Alex to float in the air for only a few seconds.
Alex has three lives in default mode, however in hard mode, Alex has one life, and in the easiest mode, Alex has five lives. One hit from any enemy causes Alex to die instantly.
The most useful items are the helicopter (that can fly by repeatedly pressing jump) and magic ring, both found on level 1. They must be won by beating the blue gorilla at Janken ("Rock Paper Scissors").
Because of the more sexual connotations of the Japanese version, it was rumored that Sega Japan was planning to promote Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle towards a more mature audience (Akin to RARE's Nintendo 64/Xbox title, Conker's Bad Fur Day released 12 years later).
The game is also available as a standalone unit on the Arcade Legends Sega Genesis Volume 2 Plug n' Play Joypad collection, released by Radica. As well as the Sega MegaDrive Handheld, a portable games system featuring 20 games.