2021 have seen a few remakes of classic games from the 80’s and 90’s. There were some great games, especially platform style. So here we have a remake of another classic from that golden era. Alex Kidd: Miracle World was a great title that I remember playing on the 8-bit Sega Master System and this led to various games in the series. When I heard that a remake being made, I was very interested in seeing how it plays and couldn’t wait to fire it up.
Publisher: Merge Games
Release Date: 22 June 2021
Thanks to the publisher for the review code.
This Alex Kidd game is the one that was released 35 years ago and when I loaded the game up on my gaming PC, I was getting similar feels as back then. When I started playing, I immediately remember how hard the 80’s platformers really were. Staying faithful to the original there are the 17 original and unique levels plus some extra which has been added for the DX version. The game is checkpointed which you would think great, but you still get only 3 lives and then you respawn back at the start of the level.
As with most of the platform games from the era, controls were quite simple and all you had was jump and attack. This was thanks to the controllers only having 2 buttons, so things were simpler. While this sounds simple, you need to have precise timing to kill the bad guys. But it is not all bad as there are useful power-ups to help you navigate the stages and give you an advantage. Many of the levels features a shop that you can purchase upgrades, which was common back in the day.
For those who have played a lot of modern platformers the one thing that might be annoying is the difficulty curve. This was slightly common back in the day that the first level is more difficult than the next level or 2. Sadly the developers didn’t address it that would have been a great fix. But if you are willing to put a bit of effort into the game the gameplay and story will reveal itself to be fun and entertaining, without being to complicated with cut screens. It is told by meeting characters throughout the levels, which is much like the Zelda series was.
The challenges are good and will require some thought to complete. You will need to decide which blocks to smash and ones to leave so you can progress to the next part via strategic placed blocks. There is a new mode called Boss Rush mode, which will allow you to just fight the bosses without completing the stage. It is fun at first, but it gets old very quick and something you won’t be playing it often. The new visuals are looking good and definitely brings the 80’s game into the 2020’s.
Alex Kidd In Miracle World DX is a interesting remake of a classic platformer. The graphics and feel brings it to the modern era, while gameplay keeps the feel of the original 80’s version. If you are a big platform gamer and weren’t lucky enough to be born when this game and various others moulded the platformer of today, then get this as it is reasonable priced and will provide hours of fun.