Sega Master System
Alex Kidd In Miracle World

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Alex Kidd in Miracle World was released in 1986 and was many a Master System fans’ introduction to Sega. Alex Kidd It’s popularity was mostly through it’s inclusion as the built-in title for Sega’s Master System consoles. Alex was part of Sega’s array of mascots at the time before Sonic the Hedgehog which also included other characters like Opa-Opa from Fantasy Zone and Tom-Tom of Wonder Boy.

Miracle World was a decent platformer for the time offering good graphics, gameplay and moderate challenge with the catchy theme tune remembered by most people who ever played the game. As a result it is generally considered the best in the series.

Since the 8-bit adventures Alex Kidd had one more game on the Mega Drive entitled Alex Kidd: The Enchanted Castle and there has been no games since.

Alex Kidd In Miracle World

Story

A tyrant called Janken the Great has taken over the peaceful land of Radaxian. He is able to turn people into stone and has gone about doing so.

Alex is searching for his brother Egle who has been kidnapped. Alex must endure many dangers and challenges to rescue his sibling. In doing so he learns about Janken.

The mysterious moonlight stone is able to revert the people turned into stone back to human beings. Alex must also find this before Janken to release the population.

Gameplay

As a platformer the game naturally includes allot of running and jumping aStage. All directions are used aside left to right.

Stages will be populated with deadly creatures (to Alex anyway) and various dangers and the usual hazards such as lava and spikes.

Alex uses his powerful punch to work his way through.. It is used to dispose of creatures and break open item boxes, rocks and blocks.

In some stages vehicles can be used for speed and to reach other places which adds some variety to the overall gameplay.

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Several points in the game will have puzzles obstacles needing thought to be resolved and passed.

You are killed instantly by touching some creature or succumbing to a hazard such as spikes. When you appear back on the screen Alex will be invulnerable for a few seconds and flash purple.

The D-Pad left and right moves Alex about the screen. Pressing down is crouch. Walking and pressing down will make a sliding crouch which allows getting under small gaps. Up is used for entering doors.

Button 1 is PUNCH. Use this on all breakable objects and killing creatures.

Alex Kidd

Button 2 is JUMP. A tap will have a small jump and a press will be a larger jump.

Pause - is used to access the map screen which shows score, lives, money, location on the map and for the selection of special items.

When swimming the D-Pad controls Alex in all directions. Holding down button 1 makes him swim faster. Button 2 remains as punch.

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Vehicles that Alex can use are either bought or given to you. These are:

Alex Kidd on his BMX

Bike - D-Pad left and right controls speed though you will always be moving right. Pressing JUMP gives a leap. You can ride through destructible rocks and boxes. Costs $200

Alex Kidd in his helicopter

Speed Boat - D-Pad left and right controls speed. Pressing PUNCH fires a shot which can be used to destroy blocks/boxes and creatures.

Alex Kidd in his speedboat

Helicopter - D-Pad left and right controls direction. Pressing JUMP controls the height. Repeatedly pressing gains more height. Pressing PUNCH fires a shot that can destroy blocks/rocks and creatures. Costs $200

You will loose your vehicle if you touch a creature or hit a non-destructible. A vehicle will protect you from a hit from an enemy or hazard but you will have to quickly move out of the way to survive.

Janken Matches/Henchmen

Every 3rd stage or so you will have to play a Janken match (Rock, Paper, Scissors). You need to win a best of 3 to defeat your opponent. Loosing a match costs you a life. The correct sequence is in the tips section below.

During decision time (a small jingle will play) Pressing UP and DOWN cycles through the three selections.

By collecting the blue disc with a star on Stage 7 (mind reader) you will be able to see what your opponent is thinking though this is only semi-useful as they change their selection at the last possible second..

Janken Match

After the first 3 matches the enemies are repeated but this time their heads will detach and attack you whilst their torso fires shots.


Filling each stage will be items for Alex to find and collect as well as those to be avoided. These are:

Boxes

Star Boxes - will contain a money bag either big or small.

Question Mark Boxes - will contain a special item (usually a power ring or extra life) but can also contain a ghost that can not be killed which will chase you across the screen. There is a sequence to hitting these boxes. Within a stage the first box will contain a power ring, the 2nd a ghost and the 3rd an extra life. After hitting a 3rd and collecting an extra life, until you die, if a stage only has one of these boxes it will be an extra life also. The sequence starts over when a stage contains more than one of these boxes.

Small Money Bag - worth $10

Large Money Bag - worth $20

Skull Box - Will stun Alex for roughly 2 seconds. Can be dangerous when creatures are nearby.

Pink Boxes - will appear with various symbols on them. They are usually used to unlock things and have to be hit in sequence. On their own they are useless. Beware of the pink box with a skull as walking on these will make ghosts appear. Running away is the only course of action.

Small Alex - Worth an extra life. These can also be bought for $500.

Shops - Press UP to enter a shop. To buy items simply jump at them.

Shop

Dangers

Dangers/Hazards populate each stage. Non of these can be destroyed and therefore must be avoided.

Spikes!

Spikes - death when touched. Seen mostly in castles.

Storm Cloud

Fires lightening at the gStage at regular intervals.

Serpent

These only move up and down out of water and lava.

Lava

Lava, White Lava/Boiling Water - Avoid obviously.

Flames

Will move about the screen in various directions and generally cause an obstruction.

Ghost

Can not be defeated. The only option is to run.

Booby Trap

Panels on the floor which instantly open when Alex stands on them. Seen only in castles.

Booby Trapped Rooms - these are rooms in castles where the ceiling drops or pillars fall trapping Alex. Running though is usually the best course of action.

Creatures

Crow

Creatures are usually disposed of with a single punch though there are one or two exceptions.

Swimming Frog

Releases an array of deadly bubbles as it swims. Can be killed after several punches to its slimey body.

Swimming Frog

Octopus - sits on a pot and waves a tentacle that will kill you. These can be killed by destroying each section of the tentacle first. Swimming in close can be tricky.

Bull

Bull (Stage 6) - will charge at you faster with each blow to the head. If you want to play it safe select the Power Ring and stand at the far left of the screen.

Monkey

Monkey in tree (Stage 8) - Will quietly throw leaves at you. More of a danger whilst you try to defeat the bear with the sword.

Big Gay Bear

Bear with the sword (Stage 8) - Good timed punches will defeat this guy. Other options include using the Power Ring or the “A” special item.

The Map Screen

The map/status screen can be accessed any time by pressing the PAUSE button on the console. Items are selected by moving the arrow above and pressing button 2 and is immediately equipped.

Map and Status Screen

Power Ring - Fires a shot that will rip through anything breakable (and kill creatures) until it leaves the screen. Can not be used and is deactivated underwater. Costs $100 and can be collected in "?" boxes.

A - Releases ‘Little-Alex’s’ that run across the screen destroying creatures. Useful for defeating larger creatures. Press button 2 to deploy. Costs $100

B - Gives a protective shield. You can not punch whilst active. Press button 2 to deploy. Costs $120

 

Walking Stick - Allows Alex to float aStage the screen for a short period of time. Costs $120

 

Question Mark - Temporary invincibility. Costs $100

 

Mind Reader - The blue disc with a star. Allows Alex to see what the opponent is thinking in a Janken Match. Its powers are automatically online when it is collected and there is no need to select it. This can not be purchased in a shop. It can be found on Stage 7 and Stage 11.

 

There will be some items are essential to the quest and have no functions. These are an emblem which makes part of a key on the final level, a letter and a tablet containing instructions.

Letter Emblem Tablet

A burger usually signifies the end of a stage. Collect it to exit to the next stage. Some stages will have a larger creature that will need several hits to defeat in order to reveal the burger. The map screen will be shown before each new stage.

You begin the game with 3 lives. Extra lives can be obtained by collecting or buying. There is the ability to continue with a cheat.

There are a total of 16 stages in the game. You can see these on the Screenshots Page.

Cheats and Tips

Continue Option

Collect over $400 during the course of the game. When the game over screen appears press UP and repeatedly press button 2. A continue option will now appear at the cost of $400.

For infinite continues collect the blue disc from the volcano, then press UP and button 2 seven times. (non confirmed)

Secret Exit Stage 3

On Stage 3 kill the first octopus by punching it’s tentacles one at a time until the octopus disappears. Swim over the bowl and press down 3 times. You will move into a new section.

Ghostbusters

You can make ghosts disappear by hitting as many other item boxes aStage as you can. If quick enough hitting 2 boxes will be enough.

Castles

Many rooms are booby trapped. If you find yourself running out of time simply exit the room and re-enter.

Castle #1 - Fish, Water to release Alex’s brother.

Collect Mind Reader (Stage 7)

Make sure you are pressing DOWN and RIGHT at the same time to collect.

Spikes in the Water (Stage 15)

Easy is an one. Do not press either UP or DOWN as you move through the spikes. There is an alternative route where you can use the cane to fly across the gap above.

Janken Matches

Note: Should a wrong move be made in any of these matches the sequence will be different and the game will select winning combinations randomly.

Stone Head 1: Stone Scissors.

Scissors Head 1: Scissors Paper.

Paper Head 1: Stone Scissors.

Stone Head 2: Paper Paper.

Scissors Head 2: Stone Stone.

Paper Head 2: Stone Scissors.

Janken The Great: Paper Paper.

To kill Janken the great stand as close as possible and punch the horn on the top of his head. You will have to time your jumps to avoid the projectiles. Punch him once after each shot has fired.

Last Level Sequence

Sun Waves Moon, Star sun moon, waves fish star fish. When you have done this collect the Crown.

Updates

Even though there are other games in the Alex Kidd series there have been no direct sequels to Miracle World.

Alex Kidd in Hi-Tech World was another side-scrolling platform game. It was a rehash of another Japanese game Amnitsu Hime.

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Alex is on a mission to reach a new arcade that has just opened. First he must reassemble a map showing the way. Upon leaving for the new establishment Ninja’s promptly attack.

Alex Kidd the Lost Stars is a side-scrolling platform game released in the arcades and later on the Master System. It has Alex searching for the 12 Zodiac Signs.

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Alex Kidd in Shinobi World was released in 1990 and was the last Alex Kidd title on the Master System. It places Alex in the role of Shinobi and parodies that game.

This game was originally another game entitled ‘Shinobi Kid’ but was cancelled and developed into an Alex Kidd title. This game after the first and only 16-bit title.

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Alex Kidd the Enchanted Castle was an original launch title for the Mega Drive. It keeps with the same side-scrolling formula and has many similarities to Miracle World including the Janken Matches and the game takes place on planet Paperrock.

It was the only Alex Kidd game on the Mega Drive. It can be played on the recently released Mega Drive Collection on PS2 and PSP.

Links

Alex Kidd in Miracle World Fansite

A wonderful site dedicated to the game with plenty of media.

http://shellcore.smspower.org/

Alex Kidd at Alex Kidd

See what others say about the game.

http://www.alexkidd.com/show_game.php3?ID=3

Alex Kidd at Wiki

A page describing the other games in the series

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Kidd

Emulation

Perfect! Play it with Dega or Kega Fusion. You can download these from the Emulators Page.

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