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ActRaiser

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
2.7
SNES
84
3.9
Wii
85
3.1
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Description

ActRaiser was one of the early SNES games, drawing upon the success of side-scrolling platform action titles and the building model of Sim City. You play "The Master" (essentially God), and must save the world from evil.

First you purge the land by sending your spirit into a warrior with a big sword and magic powers. This side scrolling portion puts you in many different locales, from swamps and forests, to pyramids and snowy mountaintops.

As you eliminate evil from different parts of the land, you allow villagers to return and build their towns. You then control an angel who helps guide the villagers in their town building, and can send down miracles to aid them in their needs.

Screenshots

ActRaiser SNES Jungle stage
ActRaiser SNES Desert stage
ActRaiser SNES Some enemies have relatively complex attack patterns.
ActRaiser SNES This boss isn't much of a challenge - until he turns into a werewolf and goes wild.

Alternate Titles

  • "Act Raiser" -- Alternate spelling
  • "アクトレイザー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The first God-game for the Super Nintendo is arguably still the best. SNES keith jones (5)
A dull simulation game and an okayish platformer tie neatly together for a surprisingly entertaining experience. SNES J. P. Gray (111)
Time can be cruel... SNES Mark Whelan (3)
Swords and Sorcery and Awesomeness SNES Andrew Douglas (10)
One of the best SNES titles - Two games in one SNES uclafalcon (241)

The Press Says

Mean Machines SNES Apr, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Retrogaming History SNES Jun 02, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Wii Apr 14, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Video Games SNES Sep, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Jeuxvideo.com SNES Aug 19, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Total! (Germany) SNES Aug, 1996 1.75 out of 6 85
VicioJuegos.com SNES Jul 29, 2007 84 out of 100 84
Gaming since 198x SNES Nov 26, 2010 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot Wii Jun 12, 2007 8 out of 10 80
IGN Wii May 30, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Proof of how outrageously good this music was: 1 J. P. Gray (111)
May 20, 2008

Trivia

1001 Video Games

The SNES version of ActRaiser appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Soundtrack

Yuzo Koshiro, the soundtrack designer, also composed a live orchestral version of the ActRaiser music. For example it was performed during the opening of the Games Convention 2004 in Leipzig.

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Contributed to by Michael Cassidy (9038), uclafalcon (241) and gamewarrior (5065)