Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX

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Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is ranked in the 24th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

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Based on 57 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

64

Top Critic Average

30%

Critics Recommend

Based on 57 critic reviews

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Console Creatures
Recommended
Recommended
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX won't be for everyone but it is something fans of the original will cherish. As a remake, it does a good job updating the visuals and some of the mechanics but Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX carries the same issues as the original did three decades ago.

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Echo Boomer
Mixed
Mixed
Jul 1, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX it's a faithful recreation of the original, a time capsule for the fans, that fails to invite to newcomers to the series with old school gameplay and progression.

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Entertainium
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 22, 2021

It’s truly exciting to think that there are devs out there like Jankenteam who are so evidently in love with a game that they’re able to remake it as well as they did with Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX. Fans of the original are sure to get a kick out of this beautiful re-release, and those like me who might’ve missed it the first time around or are too young to have been around when it was new are sure to get a kick — or better put, a punch — out of it as well, thanks to its lovingly put together presentation and great, albeit simple gameplay.

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Chicas Gamers
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 23, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is an old school game, made by and for fans, and it shows! It has kept its original devilish difficulty and has added new factors to surprise everyone who knows the game by heart. A fun platform game that encourages you to play and engages from the first minute until finishing it in just 90 minutes, perhaps its biggest drawback.

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Scored Reviews

NoesPaisparaFrikis
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2021

Alex Kidd In Miracle World DX brings back one of the classics of history in the best possible way. A game where graphic remodeling coexists with archaic and old-fashioned gameplay but which is still as brutally fun as it was before. A demanding platform that will undoubtedly dazzle both fans of the original game and current players looking for a new challenge.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is the same game we all played as a kid, with a new coat of paint and it works for the most part. Though the game might prove to be too difficult for today's gamers.

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Checkpoint Gaming
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 22, 2021

Remakes of true classics are usually cause for some concern, particularly a game that’s almost 35 years old, but this is so much more than just an old game with a new skin. Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX balances perfectly the updates an old game needs whilst still staying true to what made the original such a landmark title. The quirks of the gameplay are all still there, controlling just like the original, although with little tweaks that make the experience even better. The new levels fit so well, it’s pretty, and it sounds good to boot.

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a great remake of a Master System classic. The game respects its origins, providing a modern look without messing with the source material too much, but at the same time adding new features like some levels. Perhaps its only problem is just that – the total content offered by the package was considerably large in the 1980s, but it is small by today's standards. Either way, you should check it out either for nostalgia or for those who want to know SEGA's forgotten mascot.

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33bits
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd returns in a great remake that will delight fans of the original game, although perhaps his control will make him ugly compared to those who enter new. His main flaws come when he has tried to put the artistic before the functional, with elements that prevent a correct visualization of what we have in front of, or melodies that are too far from the original work. Still, if you enjoyed the adventures of the onigiris little monkey-eating boy in SEGA's 8bits, you MUST buy this remake.

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IGN Italy
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX still remains a difficult platformer, but also an extremely varied and modernized one, with grace and competence in terms of graphics and sound.

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Generación Xbox
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2021

‎Seeing Alex Kidd again for me was a great joy and I'm sure many other viejunos will feel the same way. But not only of nostalgia is lived and the title is a great addition to today, perhaps, few good references of the silverware genre in general. The game will also please newcomers to the franchise as long as they keep in mind that despite the somewhat childish graphics, the dynamics of the game are harsh and not at all simple, even with the infinite lives option activated.‎

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Atomix
80 / 100
Atomix
Rodolfo León

Top Critic

80 / 100
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World brings back a classic Master System game with new visuals, game modes, and themes. It's worth a try, especially if you like hardcore platforming titles.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a worthy remake of the 8-bit classic, modernising the game but keeping the same gameplay that made it a classic all those years ago.

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Nintendo Wire
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a beautifully faithful remaster of one of Sega’s first landmark console titles, and it’s a very solid way of experiencing that slice of gaming history.

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WayTooManyGames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

It’s colorful, adorable, not entirely hard to play, and most importantly, it’s one hell of a nostalgia bomb for those who grew up with it back in the day. I’m beyond delighted that Jankenteam and Merge Games took their time to bring this 80’s hero back to the spotlight and I hope they come with even more Alex Kidd games in the near future.

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Noisy Pixel
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX does a fantastic job of taking an already good game and adding a gorgeous fresh modern coat to it. The art design is beautifully done, and the option to switch between the redesign and 8-bit graphics adds to the nostalgic experience. While this remake is faithful for better or worse, there’s no denying that the quirky and challenging world of Alex Kidd is a side-scrolling experience unlike any other.

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LevelUp
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2021

‎If you're a fan of ‎‎Alex Kidd,‎‎the 80s or if you're curious to try an experience like those of 35 years ago, you'll be delighted to know that the game is now available for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC and that it recovers all the elements of the original game but now in 16:9. On the other hand, if you don't like to submit to games where trial and error are the norm, you can always pay tribute to the franchise by playing something simpler, a classic stone, paper or scissors.‎

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COGconnected
76 / 100
76 / 100
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a beautiful reinterpretation of a classic. Although some elements feel outdated, it’s the perfect introduction to the franchise. Jankenteam has successfully rejuvenated the legendary hero, hopefully kickstarting a resurgence of the series.

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Hobby Consolas
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jun 23, 2021

A praiseworthy work of revival of this classic. It updates and makes many of its original features better, but that's not enough to compensate its original flaws: basically, a brutal, unfair difficulty that may make you despair.

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Areajugones
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2021

‎The remake of the legendary Alex Kidd In Miracle World is already a reality. The classic of 8bits comes back to life by the hand of the Spanish Jankenteam in a reimagining that leaves us wanting more.‎

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a visually gorgeous upgrade to a very rose-tinted release. While the flaws of the original game remain laid bare, Jankenteam accentuates the positives, reimagining one of console gaming’s earliest universes with stunning artwork, great animation, and a sophisticated score. New players will struggle with dated and baffling design choices, but those who hold tight the carefree afternoons of the Sega Master System will find a delightful trip down memory lane awaits.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a love letter to an early Sega mascot, an unforgiving but very colourful platformer that will please old time fans of the genre.

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Digitally Downloaded
Jun 23, 2021

I could certainly see plenty of others finding it less compelling, however, because beyond the visuals, so very little has changed in 35 years. Yikes. 35 years. Presumably, Prince Alex is now King Alex of Radaxian by now. I'd better get back to my throne.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jun 22, 2021

A solid reworking of a brutal but characterful retro platform game, which offers a fascinating insight into the earliest days of the genre.

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Screen Rant
Jun 22, 2021

Overall, Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a faithful adaptation that has been made with a lot of love. It's not perfect, as players may find the controls a little loose and the lack of change and additional features may make some question its worth, but it's nonetheless a good recreation of the fantastic Master System title.

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Use a Potion
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2021

Whilst it has its flaws, Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX still offers an enjoyable platforming adventure that’s very old-school in design. It’s tough and can often be unfair, but it also features some solid level design, neat boss fights, and fun vehicular sections – basically, it’s got everything you’d expect from an old-school platformer. It’s a shame that the developers couldn’t fix some of the obvious issues that didn’t stand the test of time, but with the excellent visuals and introduction of new levels and modes, it’s hard to complain too much. Fans of the original will undoubtedly love the adventure whilst newcomers will probably appreciate it too. Just be warned: it’s still as challenging as you remember (and you’ll need luck on your side)!

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GameBlast
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX carried a great responsibility and, in general, the game turned out to be positive: very beautiful visuals, solid gameplay, interesting campaign and some extras make the experience a must for fans and nostalgia. Other than that, we have a relatively short game that could have used more new features and content. This is a suggestion for those who enjoy a challenging platform or are looking for an original experience, but don't have high expectations.

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Enternity.gr
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2021

The age in many 8-bit games is not hidden, so the Jankenteam team at least showed the way how a company can transfer an old and favorite title to today with an adorable audiovisual effect and traditional mechanisms, perhaps a little more traditional than

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Luis Alamilla
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021
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God is a Geek
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Monster World DX is a faithful remake of the original, but the difficulty of a bygone era rears its ugly head far too often.

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NintendoWorldReport
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2021

The aesthetic of Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is very eye-catching and can make it fun to watch being played by speedrunners or those familiar with the series. For those looking to have a more classic experience, the swappable color palette available in the main mode and the unlockable port are worth a look. The release is rounded out with a boss rush mode to serve up a challenging 2D platformer that's worth a try before the game shows itself as a product of its time.

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VGChartz
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is an accomplished remake built around a core that's admittedly creaking with age.

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WellPlayed
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a fine enough remaster if you have fond memories of the original. It looks and sounds great, but stumbles in its translation and will likely do more to frustrate newcomers than convince them the Master System classic was any good.

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Video Chums
6.3 / 10.0
6.3 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a faithful recreation of a classic Master System game. With that in mind, I would have much preferred an unfaithful recreation because Alex Kidd in Miracle World isn't exactly a shining example of an old-school 2D platformer.

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PlayStation Universe
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Janken Team deserve a lot of credit for the incredible facelift they have given Alex Kidd In Miracle World. Whilst nostalgic players will certainly get a kick out of Alex Kidd In Miracle World DX, there's no getting away from the fact that the core gameplay hasn't aged well at all. Slippery controls and excessively punishing courses, as well as random death ghosts and chance rock, paper, scissors, victories make Alex Kidd In Miracle World a tedious endeavour that's far overshadowed by other contemporary and classic platformers. A charming inclusion for retro collectors, but otherwise not recommendable.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jun 23, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is hamstrung by its past, a Master System cult game that perhaps hasn't aged as well as people would like to think. Merge Games have done a delightful job at putting together brand-new visuals for the title, and have also put together some very appealing physical editions to purchase. Unfortunately, once the story mode has been completed, there is very little replay value, outside of unlocking a boss rush and 'classic mode'. There is definitely a hardcore challenge there for those who play without the helping hand of infinite lives, but those who don't should be able to get through the story mode in under an hour or so. Certainly, a great trip down memory lane for those old enough to remember the original, but newer players may find it somewhat frustratingly difficult and lacking compared to more modern 2D platformers.

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TrueGaming
6 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2021

There is still some hope for Alex Kidd. The visual and auditory representations of the game were fantastic but what we need is a modern take on the franchise instead of a repetition of its previous flaws.

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MonsterVine
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Jun 22, 2021

I wish I could recommend Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX, but it’s just not a lot of fun to play.

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FingerGuns
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World is a good upgrade, with a loving nod to the Master System classic upgraded with terrific visuals and a wonderful soundtrack, but not much else has changed. It’s oddly easier to control when played in the original visuals mode, whilst new Alex feels somewhat floaty. Regardless, the ruthless difficulty – when not using infinite lives – will polarise modern gamers, and the padding to extend the game time feels like exactly that and little else.

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Nintendo Blast
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is, without a doubt, another welcome return from one of Sega's many forgotten franchises. With updated graphics, reworked music and new levels, the taste that the remake leaves is to have a beautiful and eye-catching look for a game that, in essence, is still very much stuck in the 80s. For those who like the classic, there is no reason not to recommend this adventure, as it is without a doubt the definitive new method of playing it. However, for those looking for a high quality platform game, we can't help but deny that there are better options on the market.

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Bazimag
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2021

The audio and visual presentations are among the best in any remake we’ve seen in all these years and the option to instantly switch to old version is a great bonus but gameplay-wise, the developers have stuck too close to the original design which has resulted in a very frustrating game, even by platforming genre’s usual “annoyance first, fun later” philosophy.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 24, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX from Merge Games and Jankenteam is a very niche product with very niche marketability. I imagine the game will be received well in territories where the Sega Master System held on to a longer life-span, such as Brazil and Europe. For the rest of the world though, there just isn’t enough here to bring Alex Kidd into the modern age.

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PC Invasion
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 22, 2021

Though it has all of the hallmarks of a solid remake, Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX likely sticks a bit too close to the subject matter to resonate with a modern audience. Don't let the lush visuals fool you. It's unapologetically brutal design, combined with control issues and unexplained mechanics galore, all make for an uneven and unrecommendable experience.

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JVL
11 / 20
JVL
Algernon

Top Critic

11 / 20
Jun 29, 2021

Alex Kidd's return is indeed a comeback, in the sense that he returns to flatter the memories of nostalgic players.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

When remaking something that is hard on an old console, developers should try to fix any unfair elements while keeping the spirit of the original alive. If you don't bother to touch those things up, you'll end up with mediocrity, time and again. Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is just that. While the title looks stunning, has nostalgic collectibles to gather, and includes a Classic Mode and Boss Rush Mode as extras, all that extra fluff means nothing if the game itself is fundamentally broken. Ah, what could have been.

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SECTOR.sk
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2021

A visually stunning remake botched by questionable design choices and awful controls.

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Unboxed
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2021

Alex Kidd is one of THOSE platformers, where one hit kills you and your only attack, a good punch isn’t anything to phone home about, playing through this remake it’s clear to me why Sonic took his place as the face of the company as playing through this remake is just as difficult as playing the original. Usually when a game is remade or remastered it offers players fixes in the form of quality of life enhancements, the only thing that makes up for this game one hit death and frustrating hit detection is the option to turn on infinite lives which just results in you dying even more in that one cheap section.

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Nintendo Life
5 / 10
Nintendo Life
Stuart Gipp

Top Critic

5 / 10
Jun 22, 2021

We can't pretend this isn't a disappointment. After promises of updates and improvements to this classic title, what we've got is something that we'd honestly not recommend to either prospective new fans or enthusiasts of the original Alex Kidd. We're inclined to think this may have been something of a rushed release, but that's pure speculation based on some of the more lax features (there's a lot of new dialogue but almost all of it is awkwardly written, with typos and errors). Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is not horrible by any means, and you might have fun with it until you run up against its irritating issues - unless you use infinite lives, in which case you'll finish the game in two hours, tops. If this was supposed to be Alex Kidd's big comeback, we're sad to say that we don't think we'll be seeing that Alex Kidd: High-Tech World remake any time soon.

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Pure Nintendo
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2021

Alex Kidd was more or less usurped by Sonic the Hedgehog as SEGA's golden boy, and it's not hard to see why. This platformer may have rendered some fun in 1986, but considering it's a direct remake, it's still a clunky platformer that has not aged well. If you're an Alex Kidd fan, this is nothing short of a must-have, the QoL improvements make it a little more playable, and it's one of the best-looking remakes on the Switch. If you need a satisfying platforming fix, it's hard to recommend this classic title.

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Oyungezer Online
5 / 10.0
Oyungezer Online
Cevdet Emre Kızılcan

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Jul 6, 2021

Retro fans will love it, those who have a history with this game will love it, but people like me who have met Alex Kidd later will squint a bit.

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Rapid Reviews UK
Jul 10, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a remastered take on the original Sega Master System game Alex Kidd in Miracle World which first released all the way back in 1986. The game tells the story of the small but strong titular hero, Alex Kidd on his quest to defend his world, Radaxian, and his people, from the evil forces of Janken the Great. Are you gonna help our hero restore order to the once peaceful land of Radaxian?

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Gameblog
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 22, 2021

Sadly, Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is too faithful to the original game, which didn't aged as well as a Wonder Boy Dragon's Trap, to mention another SEGA game remade. Sure, Jankenteam made a beautiful job and it's a pleasure to watch and listen. But it's also a quite irritating 2D platformer as it doesn't play very well and lacks precise controls and hitboxes.

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GamingTrend
45 / 100
GamingTrend
David Flynn

Top Critic

45 / 100
Jun 22, 2021

While the new graphics are gorgeous and being able to switch between old and modern visuals is great, Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX feels like three different games haphazardly slapped together. The level design and controls are fundamentally at odds with one another, and with how frequently you'll die combined with how long it takes to respawn makes this simply a frustrating experience.

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Push Square
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a great looking remake of a terrible game. Level design is dated, bosses are completely luck based and all the hitboxes just feel off. There is a reason that Sonic took over as SEGA’s mascot because no remake can change the fact that Alex Kidd’s first adventure is incredibly frustrating and poorly designed.

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Niche Gamer
3.5 / 10.0
3.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2021

This could have been like a Sonic Mania, but for Alex Kidd; instead of a celebration of what made Alex so great, this feels like a eulogy of why he died. The original game is borderline a blank canvas for potential, almost anything could have been done. But other than the beautiful pixel art, it is the same.

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TheSixthAxis
3 / 10
3 / 10
Jun 28, 2021

Alex Kidd In Miracle World DX is a game only a diehard fan could love. It is frustrating, repetitive, and plagued with the issues of a bygone era. Despite the lovely graphical update, there is very little here for any newcomers, and seems a waste of potential in favour of appeasing old fans.

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Siliconera
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is an unashamedly ruthless platformer. Originally on the Master System, it follows the title character in a quest to punch scorpions and die from being bad at rock-paper-scissors. There’s more to it than that, but you’d be forgiven for never knowing that because this game is the bad kind of challenging. With slippery controls, big enemy hitboxes, and a tiny, tiny attack, you’re going to likely spend most of your time repeating the same few levels and seeing your ghost floating out of your body.

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