Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle is the only 16-bit version of the popular Sega Master System platform series. It is the follow-up to Alex Kidd in Shinobi World and is the final game in the Alex Kidd series. Alex Kidd was once considered Sega's mascot, however with the Genesis’ the popularity, that title was shifted to Sonic.
In this game Alex, who is the brother of King Igul on Planet Aries, hears a rumor that his long-lost father, King Thor, is still alive on Planet Paperock. Alex sets out to search for his father.
Alex can duck, jump, punch and kick enemies to defeat them, and can be killed by coming into contact with an enemy or projectile. Defeating enemies yield Baums, which can be exchanged in shops for items or used in gambling mini-games. The main mini-game in Enchanted Castle is Janken (Rock, Paper, Scissors). In the original Japanese version of the game, when Alex or his opponent lose a Rock Paper Scissors match, the loser's clothes disappear, leaving him/her naked with a fig leaf over his/her genitalia. In the Western versions, the loser is flattened by a heavy weight. Several levels were also renamed for the Western release.
Alex can also get new vehicles including: the Sukopako Motorcycle, the "pedicopter" (a small pedal-powered helicopter), a pogo stick, and a wizard cane, which allows Alex to float in the air.
The game features 11 levels which include: rookie town, prairie, splashy sea, scorpion desert, pyramid, hihi forest, tropics town, rocky mountain (which is two stages), in the sky, and sky castle.
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle has been included in many Sega collections, including the Sega Genesis Collection for PS2/PSP and Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for Xbox 360 and PS3. The game is also available for download on Wii Virtual Console.