Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars is a platform arcade game released by Sega in 1986. It was ported to the Sega Master System in 1988. It is also released on the Wii Virtual Console in North America on March 9, 2009 and in the PAL regions on April 17, 2009.
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars features Alex Kidd and Stella searching for the twelve Zodiac signs. Alex's mission is to run through each level, knocking down enemies, and obtain the six miracle balls. These balls are hidden inside such unusual places as golden eggs, the Fantasy Zone ship out of action, clamshells, Christmas presents, pumpkins, and desk bells. Levels include Toy World, Machine World, the World of Make Believe, Water World, and Monster World.
Alex must then venture in outer space to defeat the evil Ziggurat. Once the six miracle balls are ontained, the player must run through all the levels again, but with new enemies. The player is under a time limit, and if the time expires, the player will lose a life.
The arcade and Master System versions are similar, aside from graphics and sound. The arcade version has a limited number of lives (three by default), whereas the Master System version has infinite lives, though being hit or falling into a pit subtracts seconds in the timer and backtracks the player to the last checkpoint in the round. The arcade version features a cooperative two player mode, with the second player assuming the control of a female counterpart to Alex Kidd named Stella.
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