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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 A boss is preparing an attack.
ActRaiser SNES The people are unhappy - maybe a little music from another country cab cheer them up.
ActRaiser SNES Desert stage
ActRaiser SNES Title screen (Germany)

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

The Virtual Console Archive Wii Mar, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic SNES Jan 24, 2003 A 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES May, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Mean Machines SNES Apr, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Sep, 1991 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com SNES Aug 19, 2010 17 out of 20 85
VicioJuegos.com SNES Jul 29, 2007 84 out of 100 84
GameCola.net SNES Jan, 2008 8 out of 10 80
IGN SNES May 30, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Legendra SNES Jan 10, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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