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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...


Axelay SNES The final stage - destroy the right parts of the ships to stop these enemies from spawning
Axelay SNES Japanese Title
Axelay SNES Got hit
Axelay SNES A midboss

Alternate Titles

  • "アクスレイ" -- Japanese spelling

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

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic SNES Oct 04, 1999 A 100
N-Force SNES Sep, 1992 93 out of 100 93
1UP! SNES Dec 02, 2014 93 out of 100 93
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SNES Dec 04, 2004 9 out of 10 90
HonestGamers SNES Jan 13, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Power Play SNES Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Total!! UK Magazine SNES Nov, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Megablast SNES 1993 80 out of 100 80 SNES Aug 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Wii Dec 04, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75


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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.


Beating the game three times in a row on the hardest difficulty will give players a message after the credits roll the third time:
Konami never made the sequel, blaming it on "lackluster sales of Axelay".
Contributed to by Michael Cassidy (13987), gamewarrior (5062) and Satoshi Kunsai (1810)