Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX Reviews

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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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3 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is everything that is wrong with remakes. The game fails to innovate on the antiquated design of the original title, and instead, it only offers superficial improvements.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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7 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a special release. Although the game's original design may not have aged well in a world where platformers like Celeste and Super Meat Boy have shown how to balance steep difficulty with generally good design, this rare remake of a nearly 40 year old game not only recaptures the feel of the original completely, but also does what it can to modernize it appropriately for new audiences.

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6 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2021

Merge Games did the best it could while still staying true to the original, which ultimately provides the advertised nostalgia trip and a pretty gorgeous facelift as well. It’s just a bummer that the whole appeal of the package, being an update to Miracle World, is also what holds it back from being a great game in 2021.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Metro GameCentral
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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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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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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