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Golden Axe III (Genesis)

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Golden Axe III is like its predecessors a beat 'em-up game that puts players in the shoes of hero that has to save the land from evil. This time Damud Hellbringer, the 'Prince of Darkness', has taken away the Golden Axe and put an evil curse over all the warriors of the land. However, one of the heroes has their curse relieved and is sent to set things straight and lift the curse off other warriors, defeat the villains and return with the Golden Axe.

The gameplay has been expanded slightly, but is essentially the same hack n' slash as the previous games. New features to the series include junction points where you can choose which path to take. The barbarian and amazon of the first two parts remain although receiving new names (Kain Grinder and Sahra Burn). The two new characters introduced are the panther warrior Chronos Raid and Proud Cragger the giant. Gilius Thunderhead the dwarf gives you instructions, but is not playable. New moves include blocks, grapples, sweeps and team attacks.


Golden Axe III Genesis Title screen
Golden Axe III Genesis Bloody Street: panther battling on the pier
Golden Axe III Genesis The barbarian about to hit enemies in front and behind him on the Vast Field level
Golden Axe III Genesis Desert: day

Alternate Titles

  • "战斧3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ゴールデンアックスⅢ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

My most-played game on the Genesis! Ivan Obretenov (33) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A solid medieval beat 'em-up and the best of the series Roedie (5211) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
The Best Of The Series. MasterMegid (897) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Sometimes, more is not better but just more Elliott Wu (39) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
There was a reason it was not released in the USA. Majestic Lizard (655) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Sega Force Sep 30, 1993 76 out of 100 76
Video Games Oct, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 26, 2003 7 out of 10 70
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Jan 06, 2008 7 out of 10 70
SegaFan.com Mar 26, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65
Sega-16.com Jun 24, 2004 4 out of 10 40


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Syed GJ (1525) added Golden Axe III (Genesis) on Mar 26, 2003
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