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Axe of Rage

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
...
2.8
ZX Spectrum
...
2.9
Amstrad CPC
...
4.0
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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 Amiga That didn't go to well...
Axe of Rage MSX Don't fall into that hole
Axe of Rage DOS Beginning a fight (CGA)
Axe of Rage Commodore 64 Title screen

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) Amstrad CPC Dec, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Atari ST User Atari ST May, 1989 9 out of 10 90
The One Atari ST Nov, 1988 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Oct, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1989 81 out of 100 81
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC May, 1989 78 out of 100 78
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
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Dec, 1990 73 out of 100 73

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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 (126729), Martin Smith (63136), Mobygamesisreanimated (10788), formercontrib (157411), koffiepad (10010) and Indra is here (19792)