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The Battle of Olympus is an action game with light role-playing elements. It is set in ancient Greece and casts the player in the role of Orpheus, whose girlfriend, Helene, has been kidnapped by the demonic ruler of the netherworld called Hades. Orpheus must consult the powerful gods and have their help in order to defeat Hades and free Helene.

This game is similar to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link in presentation and side-scrolling combat style. However, it is not a full-fledged RPG like Zelda II, since it lacks player-dependent character-building. The game world consists of interconnected, maze-like side-scrolling sections that include both towns and hostile areas where Orpheus fights his way through the minions of Hades. There are various items one must get to continue to the next location, including swords, shields and crystals. There are three fragments of love hidden around; Orpheus has to find them before he can enter Tartarus and fight Hades to save his beloved Helene.

The game sometimes references specific Greek myths, but often interprets them liberally (i.e. Orpheus is a warrior rather than a musician, his beloved one is Helene and not Eurydice, etc.). The monsters of the game are also based on the Greek mythology and include cyclopes, minotaurs, pegasuses, and others.


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Alternate Titles

  • "オリュンポスの戦い" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Olympus no Tatakai" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

A look back at this classic won't land you in Hades. Paul Smith (70) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Link goes to Greece? Multimedia Mike (19814) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Total!! UK Magazine Jan, 1992 92 out of 100 92
RPGFan Aug 31, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
HonestGamers Nov 22, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Mean Machines Sep, 1991 79 out of 100 79
Quebec Gamers Aug 27, 2006 7.8 out of 10 78
Video Games Sep, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Retrogaming History Dec 22, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Random Access Oct 07, 2011 3.5 out of 10 35 Feb, 2011 D 25


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Release history

The Battle of Olympus was marketed by Brøderbund as part of its "Adventure Series."

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