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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.


ActRaiser SNES Title screen (France)
ActRaiser SNES Dealing with the peasants.
ActRaiser SNES Dodging a throwing knife.
ActRaiser SNES City building mode - using a lightning spell to destroy the rocks.

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)

Critic Reviews SNES May 25, 2008 10 out of 10 100
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Wii Jun 03, 2007 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES May, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Nintendo Life Wii Apr 14, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
GameSpot Wii Jun 12, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gaming since 198x SNES Nov 26, 2010 4 out of 5 80 SNES Jan, 2008 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide SNES 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Megablast SNES 1993 79 out of 100 79 (UK) Wii May 18, 2007 7 out of 10 70


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


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.


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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