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Golden Axe (SEGA Master System)

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Golden Axe is an arcade beat-'em-up game that puts players in the shoes of one of three heroes, each with his own reason for trying to overthrow the evil rule of Death-Adder, who - along with his forces of darkness - kidnapped and imprisoned the King and his daughter and stole the legendary Golden Axe.

This is a horizontal fighting game, where you basically take one of the three characters (the barbarian Ax Battler, a dwarf named Gilius Thunderhead or the amazon Tyris Flare) and bash everything which stands between you and Death Adder himself.

The game allows to play up to two players on a same screen, however in the C64 version this option has not been implemented. C64 version was also stripped off in the other areas, such as: only one enemy can engage the player at a time or there are only two types of dragons instead of three.


Golden Axe SEGA Master System Level 2
Golden Axe SEGA Master System Up and away!
Golden Axe SEGA Master System It's a running theme... animal present
Golden Axe SEGA Master System Boss fight level 3

Alternate Titles

  • "戦斧" -- Japanese spelling
  • "战斧" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Apr 25, 2003 A- 91
Joystick (French) Apr, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Defunct Games Sep 17, 2005 85 out of 100 85
SegaFan.com Dec 18, 2001 8.4 out of 10 84
Pixel-Heroes.de Apr 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Tilt Apr, 1990 16 out of 20 80
VideoGame Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Sega8bit.com Oct 21, 2004 7 out of 10 70
1UP! Feb 06, 2004 56 out of 100 56
Power Play Jan, 1990 41 out of 100 41


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Although not mentioned in the game, these are the names of the characters:
Dwarf: Gilius Thunderhead,
Barbarian: Ax Battler,
Amazon: Tyris Flare.

German index

On May 30, 1992, Golden Axe was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Since August 31, 2005, the game is no longer on the index.


The Chicken Stinger is a creature you fight in the second stage of Altered Beast. This creature later showed up in Golden Axe as one of the Bizarrians that you can steal from the enemies in the game (it's now called a Chicken-Leg). The Chicken-Leg also showed up later in the arcade game Golden Axe: The Revenge Of Death Adder.


The death screams of the bad guys are digitized from screams used in the films First Blood (several) and one from Conan The Barbarian. Fans of the game who watch the movies will be able to pick these out easily.


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