Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a modern redesign of the classic Master System title, Alex Kidd in Miracle World. Debuting in 1986, the first installment to the Alex Kidd franchise was one of SEGA’s responses to Nintendo’s popular Mario Bros series and was received very well. Fast forward 35 years and Merge Games have put a fresh new look to the game for the next generation of gamers.
While getting a massive graphical overhaul, Miracle World DX preserves the classic platform game feel with some updated mechanics as well as adding additional boss fights making for a fresh experience for veterans of the series. One of DX’s most interesting features is being able to switch seamlessly between modern and simulated-retro graphics.
At the game’s completion, you can unlock the new Boss Rush mode as well as the traditional port of the original Miracle World game.
I had a lot of fun playing Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX after years of playing open world RPGs and shooters. That said, there are definitely some things the game leaves to be desired. In my personal opinion, I wish the game would have had tighter controls. Lateral movement felt a bit janky and I often found myself accidentally touching hazards or over-controlling into enemies after a jump.
Despite my few nitpicky critiques, I think this is a game a lot of people will enjoy. Miracle World DX brings new life to what was already a well revered title from days of old. It’s the perfect meeting point for parents who grew up with the original game to share with their kids in the current generation where quality platformers are a breath of fresh air.