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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 Corliss is doomed...
Axelay SNES In a cavern
Axelay SNES Vertically scrolling gameplay
Axelay SNES The fifth boss

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

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 SNES Jan 15, 2010 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Nov, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Total!! UK Magazine SNES Nov, 1992 81 out of 100 81 SNES Aug 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80 SNES Aug, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Megablast SNES 1993 80 out of 100 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".
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