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Axe of Rage (Atari ST)

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Description

In the sequel to Barbarian / Death Sword, the Wizard Drax is back after your previous defeat of him. But this time, you're not alone. The princess you saved back then has taken up a sword and joined your cause! Now, it's more than a death match. You have to explore the many tunnels in his dungeon, defeat the dangerous monsters that come between you and put cold steel to Drax's throat.

The game has similar game play to the original, but with a different challenge. Various monsters will come and attack you, but you'll need to use different approaches in order to defeat each of them. For example, you can't overhead chop a monster that's shorter than your axe. There are 4 dungeon levels to explore before you reach Drax at the final stage.

Screenshots

Axe of Rage Atari ST Title screen
Axe of Rage Atari ST Not winning so far...
Axe of Rage Atari ST Choose your character
Axe of Rage Atari ST Fighting a large creature!

Alternate Titles

  • "Barbarian II: The Dungeon of Drax" -- International title
  • "Barbarian 2" -- BBC Micro loading screen title

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The Press Says

Atari ST User May, 1989 9 out of 10 90
The One Nov, 1988 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Mar, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Atarimagazin 1989 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

Cancelled successor

The originally planned storyline was changed during development, to allow for a third game in the series. By the time it was last heard of as being in development in July 1992, it was to be a two-part game called Super Barbarian, combining beat 'em up and platform elements.

Cover

Just like in the predecessor the models on the original UK cover are Maria Whittaker (page 3 topless model for The Sun newspaper) and Michael Van Wijk (known as Wolf from the UK TV show Gladiators).

Delayed Amiga version

The Amiga version was slightly delayed as the programmer Richard Leinfellner was required to help finishing Palace's Shoot 'em up Construction Kit.

Poster

Some boxed games came with a free poster featuring the barbarian, princess Mariana standing in front of a slayed beast as different pose from the game box cover.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith and retroking.
Indra is here (19705) added Axe of Rage (Atari ST) on Feb 19, 2004
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