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Golden Axe (DOS)

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Description

Golden Axe is an arcade beat-'em-up game that puts players in the shoes of one of three heroes, each with his own reason for trying to overthrow the evil rule of Death-Adder, who - along with his forces of darkness - kidnapped and imprisoned the King and his daughter and stole the legendary Golden Axe.

This is a horizontal fighting game, where you basically take one of the three characters (the barbarian Ax Battler, a dwarf named Gilius Thunderhead or the amazon Tyris Flare) and bash everything which stands between you and Death Adder himself.

The game allows to play up to two players on a same screen, however in the C64 version this option has not been implemented. C64 version was also stripped off in the other areas, such as: only one enemy can engage the player at a time or there are only two types of dragons instead of three.

Screenshots

Golden Axe DOS Having jumped over the broken bridge, you find two female warriors awaiting you.
Golden Axe DOS Choose your destiny (CGA)
Golden Axe DOS Total Score and Class
Golden Axe DOS Choose your destiny (EGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "戦斧" -- Japanese spelling
  • "战斧" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

A good visual conversion of flawed gameplay. Trixter (8736) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
The king of a dead genre Roedie (5226) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
For those that crave something, *anything!* that offers some D&D-like action Zovni (9360) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
Classic!! Emepol (1547) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
NOSTALGIA OVERLOAD RIGHT NOW Wertzui (176) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Passe Classic--Skip it Yeah Right (57) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
This game will always have a special place in my heart. Tomer Gabel (4388) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

The Press Says

Absolute Games (AG.ru) Apr 02, 2001 95 out of 100 95
Power Play Aug, 1991 76 out of 100 76

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Trivia

Characters

Although not mentioned in the game, these are the names of the characters:
Dwarf: Gilius Thunderhead,
Barbarian: Ax Battler,
Amazon: Tyris Flare.

German index

On May 30, 1992, Golden Axe was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Since August 31, 2005, the game is no longer on the index.

References

The Chicken Stinger is a creature you fight in the second stage of Altered Beast. This creature later showed up in Golden Axe as one of the Bizarrians that you can steal from the enemies in the game (it's now called a Chicken-Leg). The Chicken-Leg also showed up later in the arcade game Golden Axe: The Revenge Of Death Adder.

Sound

The death screams of the bad guys are digitized from screams used in the films First Blood (several) and one from Conan The Barbarian. Fans of the game who watch the movies will be able to pick these out easily.

Awards

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    • Issue #4 - #70 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
Information also contributed by Big John WV, mark abrams, Tiago Jacques and Xoleras

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