Rom Mod: Alex Kidd in Miracle World 2
Poor old Alex Kidd. Once one of SEGA’s main mascots, since fallen from grace, stuck working retail , and as it turns out Kidd wasn’t just a name – he permanently is stuck looking like a Kidd. That must make getting into clubs and macking with the ladies pretty hard.
There may be a way to go back.. and change destiny though, thanks to SMS Power member Ian, in this sequel that retraces Alex’s steps to find his father and learn if there was something he missed.
The game is a direct sequel to the original Alex Kidd in Miracle World (and ignores the events of Enchanted Castle on Megadrive). It’s been 6 months since Alex defeated Janken the Great and reclaimed ‘The Crown’. However, Alex’s father is still missing, so Alex sets off himself to find him.
The mod comes with a new set of levels full of secrets, and a new map screen, while Alex has finally matured a little, growing longer hair. The opening music from this game has to be perhaps some of the most memorable of the era. Here, we have some new music but thankfully its more of an rearrangement of the original, so still evokes some of that familiar nostalgia.
Looking back with fresh eyes, the original Alex Kidd was actually already somewhat difficult thanks to the awkward controls, a relic of the times. One hit kills, a punch attack with laughable reach and feet covered in butter, used to be considered normal at one point.
As is oft the case with modifications of old games, Alex Kidd 2 ups the challenge quite a bit, presumably for those who have beaten the original and can now play it blind. The mod ups the ante with some devious level layouts and plenty of optional albeit tempting pockets full of treasure and instant death spikes. My deaths came in thick and fast, which prevented me from getting very far.
Unfortuantely the mod isn’t 100% complete yet – the last 2 levels and final boss need to be implemented.
Note: being a mod, the download is an IPS file, which will need to be patched onto a copy of the original ROM (Alex Kidd in Miracle World v1.1). To patch, a program like LunarIPS works well. To then run the game you need an emulator. We recommend Kega Fusion, which runs both Megadrive and Mastersystem games.