Back in the days of the ZeeBox, MegamerGames dominated home consoles and Zenergy dominated the handheld market. It was almost a given in Freedemia until the release of the GoGamer that if you owned a handheld, it was probably a ZeeBoy. Zenergy later would get knocked out by MegamerGames’ newer and better handhelds, ending with the ZeeBoy Silver, and wouldn’t return until the ZeeBoy Platinum earlier this year. However, the ZeeBoy had its share of good games, though a lot of them were largely forgotten in the shadows of MegamerGames’ Snapster the Turtle and Zoball. One of those characters is coming back for the first time since 1998.
Megamer had just hit it big with Snapster the Turtle, one of the world’s most well-known gaming icons today. But at the time, Zenergy had a character from their own scroller that was perhaps the second best well known, a young girl named Alice Cadd.
Alice Cadd in Wonder World was Alice’s debut on the ZeeBoy, and served as Zenergy’s direct answer to Snapster. As the story goes, Alice was a young orphaned girl living in Dicia. Upon saving an old woman she was told that her mother was still alive, but that she had been trapped in the wild lands of Wonder World by the evil Tortoisia (many believe that Tortoisia was actually meant to be a jab at Snapster the Turtle himself!). Alice sets out to save her mother, armed with a very strong poke. Like Snapster in his games, Alice did have a couple gadgets of her own, including a scooter, a glider, and a submarine, but she had to buy them using coins collected in the levels. Alice Cadd was notorious for the dice-based miniboss battles, where Alice would have to guess the number the boss would roll to win. (The actual boss battles would improve in game 3, Tortoisia’s Revenge, where the number the boss rolled would instead represent a move they would do, that Alice would have to be ready to fend against.)
The ZeeBoy would see 2 sequels, Alice Cadd in the Magic Fortress, and Alice Cadd 3- Tortoisia’s Revenge. Alice even got a racing game to compete with SnapsterCart by MegamerGames, called CaddCar Racing for the ZeeBoy 2. However, the last Alice Cadd game (though the plot wasn’t actually related to the original 3 games), Alice Cadd in Karate Kate Land, would come out on the ZeeBoy 2 in 1998. The ZeeBoy Silver saw no new Alice Cadd games, though it did get a rerelease of the original 3 games with slightly improved graphics (32 bit instead of 8 bit).
The new game, Alice Cadd 4- A Dicey Situation brings Alice Cadd back for the first time in years. Zenergy plans to use the newer 32-bit graphics from the ZeeBoy Silver’s rerelease of the original trilogy. The game will be a ZeeBoy Platinum exclusive, and is one of the first games for the ZBP that actually threatens to have an impact on competitor MegamerGames. Zenergy is reportedly working on a 3D Alice Cadd game as well, with some isometric levels alongside more fully 3D experiences. That game is expected for the New Year’s shopping season next year.