DOS - 1990
Also released on: Genesis - Commodore 64 - SEGA Master System - Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari ST
Description of Golden Axe
Decent conversion of SEGA's smash hit arcade beat'em up Golden Axe... decent for PC standards of that time, that is. At least the VGA graphics are faithful although gameplay is far inferior to the original.... "Inferior" is a relative sense, though-- if you have never played the arcade original (or SEGA Genesis version), you won't be disappointed with Golden Axe's addictive arcade fun despite a few cases of "sticky controls" problem.
In Golden Axe you can choose to play as one of three characters, with each having their own characteristics. Gillius Thunderhead has great attack power but little magic, Axe Battler the Barbarian has average attack and magic skill, and Tyrus Flare has great magical power but weaker weapon attacks. Each character has standard attack moves where successive hits on an opponent generate a "combo" of several different attacks. Your characters also have a rear attack, a charging attack, a throw attack, and a jumping attack. Each character has a magic meter of various length which can be powered up by collecting "Magic Pots" dropped by elves that you smack with your sword at various points in the game. At various points in the game you encounter enemies riding on "Bizarrians" such as Dragons. You can knock the enemy from the beast and ride it yourself, which gives you access to the beast's attacks until you are yourself knocked from its back by an enemy.
Overall, Golden Axe is fun in a 'classic' old-school sort of way. The setting, enemy and character design, music, pace, and gameplay are all very good and help to elevate it above its 'standard' gameplay and a banal fantasy plot. If you have played other versions of the game, you might be a little disappointed, though. Two thumbs up!
Review By HOTUD
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Comments and reviews
Dbox 2016-11-27 2 points
What are the keys for this game? I have pressed every key on the keyboard but I still can't select a character...
.:Atari:. 2016-05-18 0 point DOS version
In password screen, type any word and press enter to play, enjoy the game!
Me 2015-01-09 0 point DOS version
:((( I love game the most nostalgic game of my childhood but I can't run the game. :(((
Larson Lima 2014-02-18 0 point DOS version
Viciadissimo neste game. Era o campeao nos fliperamas de Curitiba. Era sagrado 1h30m de segunda a sexta ali no fliperamas da Monseor Celso proximoa a pç Tiradentes. OOOWWW \o/ \o/ \o/. Valeu por compartilhar!
80386sx_16mhz 2012-09-14 0 point DOS version
Had lots of fun with this game back in the day, you can change the characters around by renaming the .SPR files :)
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