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ActRaiser

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Developed by
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 These statues usually contain 1-ups or health power-ups.
ActRaiser SNES View from a cloud
ActRaiser SNES Boss-fight vs a Minotaur
ActRaiser SNES Dealing with the peasants.

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

The Video Game Critic SNES Jan 24, 2003 A 100
Video Game Den SNES Dec 16, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Nintendo Life Wii Apr 14, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Mag'64 Wii Aug 31, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Total! (Germany) SNES Aug, 1996 1.75 out of 6 85
VicioJuegos.com SNES Jul 29, 2007 84 out of 100 84
All Game Guide SNES 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameCola.net SNES Jan, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Gaming since 198x SNES Nov 26, 2010 4 out of 5 80
Legendra SNES Jan 10, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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 (5874), uclafalcon (241) and gamewarrior (5066)