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Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (Game Gear)

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Description

The legendary Golden Axe has been stolen by an army of evil warriors. The king called a young warrior to take it back. His name was... Ax Battler!

Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe is an action game with RPG elements, which puts the player in the role of Ax Battler, the Barbarian from previous Golden Axe games in search for the Golden Axe. The gameplay feels much like Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, with Ax moving around in a top-down perspective, changing to a side scrolling view when fighting enemies or entering caves.

The battles are random and Ax won't see the enemies coming. If he's hit during a battle, the battle will end instantly and he'll be sent back to the overworld map. If he prevails, he gets magic vases from the enemies. Magic vases are the game's currency and are also used to cast spells, just like in the other Golden Axe games, but instead of having only the "Earth" magic, he also has the "Thunder" and "Fire" magics. Ax can also use special attacks to fight his enemies, learned at "dojos" found in each city.

Instead of battery backed RAM, this game uses passwords as a mean to save games. At each town the player enters, he'll find a place to learn a new password which, when entered, allows him to continue from the very point it was learned.

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Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe Game Gear Oh no, they've stolen the Golden Axe...
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe Game Gear Title screen.
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe Game Gear Battle's background changes depending on the terrain you're in. This is a forest battle.
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe Game Gear Casting a spell (much like the previous Golden Axe games).

Alternate Titles

  • "アックスバトラー ゴールデンアックス伝説" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ax Battler: Golden Axe Densetsu" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

Interface 1992 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) May, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Video Games Jan, 1992 77 out of 100 77
Power Play Jun, 1992 77 out of 100 77
Sega Force Sep, 1992 75 out of 100 75
neXGam 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Zero Sep, 1992 72.5 out of 100 72
Legendra Apr 28, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Defunct Games Dec 10, 2005 50 out of 100 50
The Video Game Critic May 08, 2005 D- 16

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Cover

The cover art was painted by Julie Bell and is entitled Savage Land.
chirinea (34779) added Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (Game Gear) on Jun 09, 2006