Alex Kidd in Miracle World Longplay (Master System) [60 FPS]

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Developed and published by Sega in 1987

In a time before Sonic the Hedgehog existed, Sega had something of an identity problem. Nintendo, their biggest rival, already had a mascot in the form of Mario, who was a massively bankable character even back then.

By comparison, Sega didn’t really have any kind of character who was synonymous with the brand, at least not one that had any kind of universal appeal. Technically, Opa-Opa from Fantasy Zone was their mascot at the time, but a spaceship with wings and feet didn’t seem like such hot property when faced with the might of the Mario juggernaut!

Alex Kidd in Miracle World is the first game that I remember featuring the character, largely because it came bundled with the Master System II console (built into ROM) released in the UK and other parts of the world.

The game features a highly convoluted and, frankly, weird plot, especially for a platform game. In essence, Alex Kidd is searching for his long lost brother, now hostage of Janken the Great, tyrant and ruler of the world of Radaxian. Just to make things worse, the normal, peace-loving citizens of Radaxian have all been turned to stone by Janken. It’s up to Alex to locate his brother and defeat Janken to free the land from his evil grip.

If that wasn’t strange enough for you, Alex has dedicated his life to studying the ancient technique of ShellCore, a martial arts skill that enables him to increase the size and power of his fist (sounds a bit like Marvel’s Iron Fist to me).

The game is a side-scrolling platform game/collect-em-up that looks and feels similar to Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers in a number of ways.

Many of the levels feature numerous blocks and boulders that block Alex’s path and must be removed to progress. Fortunately, Alex is in possession of both the necessary martial arts skills, as well as a massively over-sized fist, to get the job done. Certain blocks will reveal bags of cash that can be collected (to be spent in one of the game’s shops), whilst others might reveal special items, or even enemies.

At the start of certain stages, Alex will find a shop where he can exchange his money for extra items and power-ups. Sometimes, these include a mode of transport, such as a car or helicopter that allows him to traverse a level much more quickly than on foot. Levels featuring the vehicles often have obstacles that will cause Alex to forfeit the vehicle when hit, so you should always be careful how fast you try to travel when using one.

Later levels in the game, such as the castle, tend to be less linear than earlier stages and feature items that progress the game’s story and certain points. It’s very easy to miss these items if you’re not careful and certain characters won’t reveal parts of the plot without them.

Of course, the other memorable thing about the game are the fight sequences when Alex must defeat opponents in a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it’s easier to embrace the weirdness than to keep questioning what’s happening.

Visually, Alex Kidd in Miracle world is an attractive game that boasts some great graphics, smooth scrolling and an extremely vibrant colour palette; it’s certainly a lot more striking than many contemporary games on the NES.

Audio is also very good, boasting many a cheery tune from the console’s TI sound chip, helping to keep things interesting throughout.

Whilst Alex Kidd in Miracle World is a fine game, it doesn’t quite have the same appeal as Super Mario Brothers. I know they’re different styles of games, but I find it easier to relate to a slightly chubby, Italian plumber than the weird, human-chimp hybrid with over-sized ears that Alex Kidd appears to be.

Weirdness aside, if you’re looking for a solid platformer with plenty of content that will keep you entertained for a few hours then Alex Kidd in Miracle world is certainly worth a look.



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22 thoughts on “Alex Kidd in Miracle World Longplay (Master System) [60 FPS]

  1. Alex Kidd in Miracle World Longplay (Master System) [60 FPS]: Help Alex Kidd save the people of Radaxian in this fun, if somewhat weird platform game from Sega!

    Read the video description for my review!

  2. I vaguely remember my Dad playing this when I was very young- definitely some very nostalgic sounds. I don’t think there would have been so many guys of rage if a “save progress” feature existed back in those days…

  3. Meu primeiro jogo da vida na década de 90.
    Tinha um Master system.
    Naquela época era febre, tinha até comerciais na TV de mortal kombat kkkk.
    Hoje com 36 anos, agradeço por compartilhar este grande clássico da época.

  4. Olá Eu sou do Brasil da cidade de são paulo-sp, eu nasci em 1983, e eu amo o alex kidd do master system, jogava esse jogo em 1990 , eu nunca na minha vida eu esqueço desse jogo, eu quando lembro desse jogo incrivel da minha infancia, eu tenho vontade de chorar eu sou fã demais desse jogo, é muita saudade e bons tempos quando era uma criança e um menino de 7 que jogava esse jogo sensacional, eu assisti esse video e estou emocionado, eu voltei no tempo em 1990 quando assisti esse jogo que eu amo, hoje em 2020 eu tenho 37 anos, mas me sinto um menino de 7 anos jogando master system novamente ,e muito obrigado e jamais eu esquecerei do eterno alex kidd do master system, para mim é eterno esse jogo, e vou jogar e matar a saudade desse jogo, paz e saudações do brasil.

    Hello I'm from Brazil in the city of são paulo-sp, i was born in 1983, and i love alex kidd from the master system, i played this game in 1990, i never in my life forget this game, when i remember this incredible game of my childhood, I feel like crying I’m too much a fan of this game, I miss it a lot and good times when I was a child and a boy of 7 who played this sensational game, I watched this video and I’m excited, I went back in time 1990 when I watched this game that I love, today in 2020 I am 37 years old, but I feel like a 7 year old boy playing master system again, and thank you very much and I will never forget the eternal alex kidd of the master system, for me it is eternal this game, and I will play and miss the game, peace and regards from Brazil.

  5. Anyone remember not been able to read that script properly at the end by not knowing which way the script started. Then a bloody ghost comes out and your like ot oh here we go again 😬

    Art nostalgic moments 😀

  6. One of the best games ever made. I've got very happy to know theres a new Alex Kidd game coming. Better late than never.

  7. You’re shitting me. I never knew you could equip the fucking ring to fire shit. I played the shit out of this game 25 years ago!

  8. Uuu casi me pongo a llorar con este recuerdo . nunca pude terminarlo. Pero si estube a punto pienso por el mapa .aunque nunca lo desifre muy bien . era dificil el cachipun hssta que le pillabas la ciencia. Que infancia la mia.

  9. #Al82:Retrogaming&Computer

  10. Wow, you are soooo good o_O I played this game as a kid for years and I never finished it once because it was too hard. This is the first time in my life I saw the ending 🙂 Thanks!

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