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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.


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 Options screen.
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe Game Gear Game selection screen.
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe Game Gear You'll find old friends, such as those dragon-bird creatures from the arcade game.

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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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User Reviews

The story of Golden Axe continues on the Sega Game Gear. Ryan Johnson (15) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

Power Play Jun, 1992 77 out of 100 77
Video Games Feb, 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
Play Time Jun, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1992 25 out of 40 62
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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The cover art was painted by Julie Bell and is entitled Savage Land.
chirinea (40182) added Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (Game Gear) on Jun 09, 2006