DescriptionThe 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.
- "オリュンポスの戦い" -- Japanese spelling
- "Olympus no Tatakai" -- Japanese title
Part of the Following Group
|A look back at this classic won't land you in Hades.||NES||Paul Smith (58)|
|Link goes to Greece?||NES||Multimedia Mike (17498)|
The Press Says
|Total!! UK Magazine||NES||Jan, 1992||92 out of 100||92|
|RPGFan||NES||Aug 31, 2000||88 out of 100||88|
|HonestGamers||NES||Nov 22, 2012||8 out of 10||80|
|Mean Machines||NES||Sep, 1991||79 out of 100||79|
|Quebec Gamers||NES||Aug 27, 2006||7.8 out of 10||78|
|Power Unlimited||Game Boy||Dec, 1993||7.5 out of 10||75|
|Video Games||NES||Sep, 1991||71 out of 100||71|
|Retrogaming History||NES||Dec 22, 2008||7 out of 10||70|
|Power Play||NES||Sep, 1991||68 out of 100||68|
|Total! (Germany)||Game Boy||Nov, 1993||2.75 out of 6||65|
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Release historyThe Battle of Olympus was marketed by Brøderbund as part of its "Adventure Series."
Related Web Sites
- Battle Of Olympus Shrine - RPGclassics.com (A Shrine dedicated to everything relating to Battle Of Olympus, including detailed walkthroughs, boss charts, item charts, maps of game, etc.)