[PlayStation 4] Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX Review

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Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX from Merge Games is a remaster of the original Master System release. Check our Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX review!

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX from Merge Games is a remaster of the original Master System game, which released way back in 1986. We’re not getting an HD remake with hand-drawn graphics, in a way similar to the Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap remake we got a few years ago. The game’s gameplay has also been rebalanced, the music has gotten a boost, and the animations have been improved to match the new look.

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Your mission is to defeat Janken the Great in order to free the people of Radaxian in the planet Aries, becoming the hero they need. Alex had been training for a while, so he was definitely more than ready to take on Janken the Great and the many minions he unleashed onto the region. If you’re having trouble with the game’s difficulty, you can also go into the options menu and activate infinite lives, so that you can slowly but surely make some progress towards the finish line. Do be aware that doing this will lock you out of obtaining some of the game’s trophies – more on these in a bit.

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You’ll move with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the X button, and punching or shooting with the Square button, depending on if you’re on your own or riding the Peticopter. To progress through the game’s story, you can move the dialogue along with the Circle button. You will get to collect items, and can swap between the ones in your inventory by pressing the L1 and R1 buttons. To use an item, press the Triangle button! You can also swap the graphics at any time between the original look and the remaster by pressing the R2 button.

As you destroy the boxes with a star on them, you’ll find small and large bags of coins. These bags can also be found out in the open. Collecting as much money as possible is important, since you can use it at the store to purchase items to aid you on your adventure. These include a ring that allows you to shoot a projectile every time you launch a punch, a box that can make you invincible for a few seconds, or items such as a vehicle that can make it easier to progress through a level.

Boss battles in Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX are a bit different from what you’d expect to find in other 2D action platformers. How so? Because, in order to beat a boss, you’ll have to defeat it a match of rock-paper-scissors! Jan Ken Pon is the name of the game, and you need top best each boss in a two out of three rounds match, hoping you pick the correct hand gesture. Rock beats scissors, scissors beat paper, and paper beats rock. Simple and to the point, right? There are also some more action-oriented bosses to defeat, but the Jan Ken Pon variety are certainly the ones that stand out.

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Trophy-wise, there’s a full trophy list for you to work on. You could technically get all of the trophies in one go, but you’d need to play the game without buying any items from the shops you’ll find along the way, grab all of the special collectibles, find the special hidden stage, and beat Namui Lake without firing the Peticopter’s weapon even once – something that is easy to do since you can just get hit right at the start of that stage to lose the Peticopter and fall down into the ocean to carry on.

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Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a good remake of the Master System classic, revamped with new graphics, new music, and rebalanced gameplay. It doesn’t stray far from the source material, which was needed in order to be able to switch between the remake’s graphics and music and the original’s game look and feel, but it does throw some new levels into the mix. This does mean that you’re looking at around 2-3 hours to beat the entire game at most, depending on your experience with 2D action platformers in which a single hit is all it takes to kill you. Once you save the land, you’ll unlock a Boss Rush Mode, as well as Classic Mode, which features the original Alex Kidd in Miracle World in all its glory. Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is available on PlayStation 4 with a $19.99 price.

This Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Merge Games.

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