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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 Intro
Axelay SNES Trying to destroy this thing with missiles
Axelay SNES Maneuvering and shooting my way through these tubes
Axelay SNES Vertically scrolling gameplay

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
Quebec Gamers SNES Apr 06, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
Power Play SNES Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Nov, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Video Chums SNES Feb 20, 2015 8.1 out of 10 81
Video Games SNES Oct, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Video Game Den SNES Nov 08, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Nintendo Life Wii Nov 13, 2007 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
GameSpot Wii Dec 04, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75

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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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