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The Battle of Olympus is an action game with light role-playing elements. It is set in ancient Greece and casts the player in the role of Orpheus, whose girlfriend, Helene, has been kidnapped by the demonic ruler of the netherworld called Hades. Orpheus must consult the powerful gods and have their help in order to defeat Hades and free Helene.

This game is similar to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link in presentation and side-scrolling combat style. However, it is not a full-fledged RPG like Zelda II, since it lacks player-dependent character-building. The game world consists of interconnected, maze-like side-scrolling sections that include both towns and hostile areas where Orpheus fights his way through the minions of Hades. There are various items one must get to continue to the next location, including swords, shields and crystals. There are three fragments of love hidden around; Orpheus has to find them before he can enter Tartarus and fight Hades to save his beloved Helene.

The game sometimes references specific Greek myths, but often interprets them liberally (i.e. Orpheus is a warrior rather than a musician, his beloved one is Helene and not Eurydice, etc.). The monsters of the game are also based on the Greek mythology and include cyclopes, minotaurs, pegasuses, and others.


The Battle of Olympus Game Boy Title screen and main menu
The Battle of Olympus NES Nice houses...
The Battle of Olympus NES Those pesky birds jump like crazy
The Battle of Olympus NES Japanese title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "オリュンポスの戦い" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Olympus no Tatakai" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

A look back at this classic won't land you in Hades. NES Paul Smith (70)
Link goes to Greece? NES Multimedia Mike (19814)

Critic Reviews

Total!! UK Magazine NES Jan, 1992 92 out of 100 92
RPGFan NES Aug 31, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Joypad NES Oct, 1991 88 out of 100 88
HonestGamers NES Nov 22, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Quebec Gamers NES Aug 27, 2006 7.8 out of 10 78
Mega Fun Game Boy Nov, 1993 76 out of 100 76
Power Unlimited Game Boy Dec, 1993 7.5 out of 10 75
Video Games NES Sep, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Nov, 1993 2.75 out of 6 65 NES Feb, 2011 D 25


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Release history

The Battle of Olympus was marketed by Brøderbund as part of its "Adventure Series."

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