Golden Axe III

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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 Historical site... or whatever it is
Golden Axe III Genesis Map
Golden Axe III Genesis Tyris showing off her moves in the intro
Golden Axe III Genesis A Voyage to Castle: taking a bite out off a spearman, each character has a grabbing move

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! Genesis Ivan Obretenov (17)
A solid medieval beat 'em-up and the best of the series Genesis Roedie (5213)
The Best Of The Series. Genesis MasterMegid (897)
Sometimes, more is not better but just more Genesis Elliott Wu (39)
There was a reason it was not released in the USA. Genesis Majestic Lizard (655)

Critic Reviews

Sega Force Genesis Sep 30, 1993 76 out of 100 76
Video Games Genesis Oct, 1993 74 out of 100 74
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Jan 06, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Genesis Dec 26, 2003 7 out of 10 70 Genesis Mar 26, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65 (UK) Wii Oct 06, 2007 6 out of 10 60
148apps iPhone May 16, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Wii Dec 12, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Nintendo Life Wii Oct 06, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50 Genesis Jun 24, 2004 4 out of 10 40


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