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Description

This planet was once a quiet, peaceful place to live, until...they came...

An unknown alien race came to this planet and promptly laid waste to it. The remaining defense force has been sent out to try and defeat them. One lucky person gets to fly the latest line of defense ships made: the AX-77 Axelay. However, these ships are still in the prototype stage, and as such, only one exists.

So get out there and head to the alien's homeworld. With some luck, you may just be able to take them out at the source...

Screenshots

Axelay SNES The last boss (first phase)
Axelay SNES These bombs are very powerful
Axelay SNES Vertically scrolling gameplay
Axelay SNES Over a city

Promo Images

Axelay Screenshot
Axelay Screenshot
Axelay Screenshot
Axelay Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "アクスレイ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "엑서레이" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

An underrated, revolutionary shoot-em-up. SNES keith jones (5)

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Life SNES Jul 13, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Play Time SNES Jan, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Aug, 1992 35 out of 40 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Nov, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Mega Fun SNES Mar, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Video Chums SNES Feb 20, 2015 8.1 out of 10 81
GameTrip.net SNES Aug 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Megablast SNES 1993 80 out of 100 80
Pixel-Heroes.de SNES Aug, 2010 8 out of 10 80
RetroGame Man SNES Feb 15, 2016 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The SNES version of Axelay appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Sequel

Beating the game three times in a row on the hardest difficulty will give players a message after the credits roll the third time:
AXELAY 2 COMING SOON!"
Konami never made the sequel, blaming it on "lackluster sales of Axelay".

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