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Golden Axe

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Genre: Arcade, Fighting, Hack and slash/Beat 'em up

Platforms: Wii, WonderSwan Color, TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine, Amiga, ZX Spectrum, Arcade, Amstrad CPC, PC DOS, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Commodore C64/128, Atari ST/STE

Progress is made through the game by fighting through Death Adder's henchmen, including men armed with clubs and maces, skeleton warriors, and knights. Players are able to attack using their weapon, jump and cast spells that hurt all enemies on the screen. The force of this magic depends on the number of "bars" of magic power currently available. The bars are filled by collecting blue 'magic potions' attained by kicking little... Read More


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DJSharpeCheddar
35 reviews

Alright 80%

It's short and kind of simple, but GOLDEN AXE nails the fundamentals of the beat 'em up and adds a couple of intuitive twists to the formula that set it apart from its contemporaries without making things too complicated. The story, setting, and characters are pretty cliched, but well-sketched and fun. The art is great and perfectly captures the classic Vallejo/Frazetta vibe, and, while not the highest fidelity, is at least consistent and legibl... Read More

Positive points
- Powerups are clever and very well done
- Great art and music
- The three playable characters are iconic and just different enough
Negative points
- Short but sweet
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Trtreiber
180 reviews

Average 60%

(Based on Arcade version) A very bare bones beat em up experience, almost no story to speak of and lots of repetitive and boring gameplay. At least it was short? Score Breakdown "The Tale" Story- 5 Pacing- 5 Characters- 4 Originality- 6 Linearity- 3 Length- 7 Epicness- 3 "The Presentation" Visuals- 6 Display- 5 Music- 5 Sound FX- 7 "The Mechanics" Ease of Use- 7 Innovation- 5 Replayability- 3... Read More

Positive points
Ok length
Ok sound FX
Fairly easy
Negative points
Super linear
Not epic at all
In no way replay worthy

Storyline

The game takes place in the fictional land of Yuria, a Conan the Barbarian-style high fantasy medieval world. An evil entity known as Death Adder has captured the King and his daughter, and holds them captive in their castle. He also finds the Golden Axe, the magical emblem of Yuria, and threatens to destroy both the axe and the royal family unless the people of Yuria accept him as their ruler. Three warriors set out on a quest to rescue Yuria and avenge their losses at the hands of Death Adder. The first is a battle axe-wielding dwarf, Gilius Thunderhead, from the mines of Wolud, whose twin brother was killed by the soldiers of Death Adder. Another is a male barbarian, Ax Battler, wielding a two-handed broadsword, looking for revenge for the murder of his mother. The last is a longsword-wielding Tyris Flare, an amazon, whose parents were both killed by Death Adder.

The warriors rescue the inhabitants of the ransacked Turtle Village, which turns out to be situated on the shell of a giant turtle. The turtle takes the characters across the sea, and they then fly to the castle itself on the back of a giant eagle. Once at the castle they defeat Death Adder, who is wielding the Golden Axe, and save the land. In the Mega Drive and PC versions, and also in other ports, the characters also battle Death Adder's mentor, Death Bringer, as the true final boss. After the final battle, the warriors receive a magical golden axe that imbues the player with immortality.