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Axe of Rage

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
4.0
ZX Spectrum
...
2.9
DOS
...
2.8
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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 MSX Avoid the fire balls
Axe of Rage Commodore 64 Stage 3 - "No you come to this side!"
Axe of Rage DOS Title screen (CGA)
Axe of Rage DOS Watch out for that large dragon type thing! (EGA)

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Aug, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Dec, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 10 out of 12 83
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Atari ST Mar, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 78 out of 100 78
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 754 out of 1000 75
Power Play Amstrad CPC Jun, 1989 73 out of 100 73
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Oct, 1989 7 out of 12 58
Atarimagazin Atari ST 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.
Contributed to by Kabushi (121108), Martin Smith (63169), Mobygamesisreanimated (10788), thf (152414), koffiepad (10040) and Indra is here (19685)