Anmitsu Hime (あんみつ姫) is a side-scrolling video game based on the manga and anime series of the same name. The gameplay is a mix of platforming and adventure elements, making it some kind of Metroidvania, released by Sega in 1987 for the Sega Master System. This game was released overseas as Alex Kidd: High-Tech World, and as such, the western version replaces the main character with Alex Kidd and replaces most of the game's sprites, though the general setting remains the same.
Anmitsu Hime is contacted by one of her friends, who tells him a new arcade, cake shop, has opened in town. Anmitsu has a map to its location, but it has been torn into eight pieces and is needed to find the cake shop before it closes at 5:00 sharp. She solves puzzles, answers questions, runs errands and does housework to find the pieces. However, once she finds the pieces of the map, she learns that the front gates are shut, and thus is unable to leave. Using a hang-glider to leave the house she lands in the forest. On her way to the cake shop, a clan of ninjas appear, who attempt to attack her. Upon fighting through the forest of ninjas, Anmitsu finally makes it to the cake shop.
The object of the game is to get through four stages. Half the stages contain puzzles to progress and people to talk to, while the other two are linear levels with enemies along the way. There are a variety of ways to fail in the puzzle stages when Anmitsu has some sort of accident or does something she should not.
Why It Sucks
- Incredibly boring gameplay - At the beginning of the game, You just walk around the castle looking for pieces of a map.
- The ways Anmitsu can die (without warning, no less) are hilariously bad. Ranging from touching a broken computer, falling down a broken flight of stairs, and eating too many ramen bowls. On top of that, how can all of that kill Anmitsu?
- If Anmitsu dies ONCE, the game is over and you will be sent back to the title screen.
- If you died in the castle, you have to start the whole game all over again. This was ingenious as the castle part is considered the longest part of the game.
- You are tasked with solving puzzles, running errands, and at one point you have to take a test.
- Since Alex Kidd: High-Tech World came after Anmitsu Hime, the alterations caused inconsistencies for the Alex Kidd storyline. For example, Alex's dad is in the castle, Even though he hasn't found his father yet, until Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle.
- This means that High-Tech World is not canon to the Alex Kidd series.
- The only action parts of the game is where Anmitsu walks through the forest, while ninjas try to attack her.
- When you beat the game, you will see Anmitsu eating her cake with the ending text, which is in Japanese, which is an underwhelming ending for a difficult game.
- The game is considered impossible to finish without a guidebook.
- The cover art is nice.
- The game is almost like a Metroidvania with its platforming and adventure game elements.
Four reviewers on Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the game an average score of 6.5 out of 10. Mean Machines rated the game 76% praising the good graphics and sound, while pointing out that it did not offer anything better than the original. Defunct games rated it "F", describing the gameplay as "busywork" and akin to "a bunch of school tests".