Fans of Sega’s jug-eared, one-time mascot might be interested to hear that Domarius Games has just released a Alex Kidd in Pico World for the PICO-8 Fantasy console.
For those unfamiliar with the PICO-8, it is a virtual machine designed and developed by Lexaloffle Games primarily as a platform for learning about, developing and creating games for a machine with a deliberately “retro” set of specifications.
Made available to play in your browser for free over at the developer’s website, the game offers up a delightfully devolved version of Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Sega’s classic pack-in title for it’s 8-bit Master System console.
Featuring many of the features and mechanics from it’s parent, not to mention a chirpy rendition of Tokuhiko Uwabo’s classic soundtrack, Alex Kidd in Pico World is a deliciously retro experience that Sega fans are sure to enjoy.
As you might expect, certain elements had to be cut for the final release, but there’s still a generous level content on offer, including:
- All vehicles! Boat, Pedicopter, and Bike!
- All 16 levels! Though they are between 50-75% of their original size.
- Janken game (rock paper scissors)
- Secret level!
- All enemies! Except for one angry jumping fish in the boat level.
Based on what we’ve played of the game so far, this is a great effort from Domarius Games, and something that fans of old-school platform games are sure to love!