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Golden Axe Warrior (SEGA Master System)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A Great Spinoff To A Great Series! MasterMegid (897) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Better then Zelda ETJB (447) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (14 votes) 3.8

The Press Says

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Golden Axe Warrior ist ein Zelda Klon, da gibt es keine Diskussion. Aber ganz ehrlich. Das Spiel ist so verdammt gut, dass es dem Original praktisch ebenbürtig ist. Wer Zelda mag, wird auch Golden Axe Warrior lieben. Ein ganz ganz großes Spiel auf dem Master System!
Sega Collectors Guild
Despite critics premature dismissals back in the early 90's when this gem came out, Golden Axe Warrior is a great game. It's one of the best games of the 8-bit era. If Nintendo hadn't monopolized the 8-bit U.S. market back in the late 80's, this game might have been as popular as Zelda was (though it should not be ignored that this game came out five years after the original Zelda release, and this is part of the reason it was so ignored). So, is Golden Axe Warrior just another Zelda knock- off? Absolutely not. And while I'm not claiming it's a better game than the original Zelda, I will say that Golden Axe Warrior adds enough to the genre to make it an excellent adventure RPG. Too bad nobody noticed.
In conclusion this is definitely one of the games you simply have to own for the Master System. It's one of the few RPGs (though it's more of an adventure type game), plus it's very well done. For an added bonus for us NTSC collector's, it also one of the rarest NTSC games out there, pretty hard to locate. For now, I'm out yo.
Technisch zeigt sich "Golden Axe Warrior" von der Schokoladenseite. Die bunten, im Small Design gehaltenen Grafiken wirken jetzt noch ansprechend und lassen Nintendos erstes Zelda-Abenteuer, das - man muss es fairerweise sagen - schon einige Jahre älter ist, blass erscheinen. Die Musik, die auch die bekannte "Golden Axe"-Melodie umfasst, gefällt mir hier trotz der technisch bedingten schwachen Qualität gut. Das Spiel ist wirklich in allen Belangen dem Zelda-Vorbild ebenbürtig.
Retrogaming History
Un Golden Axe come non ve lo sareste mai aspettato. Certo, ad un amante dei picchiaduro questo gioco potrebbe non piacere ma sono indubbie la sua altissime qualità. Coloratissimo, longevo, appassionante, intrigante, difficile al punto giusto, se vi piacciono i giochi action-RPG date un'occhiata a questa cartuccia potrebbe piacervi moltissimo!
Power Play
Wohl dem, der ein Master System besitzt: Golden Axe Warrior ist das beste Action-Adventure, das mir in letzter Zeit vor das Joypad kam. Als überzeugter Zelda-Fan muß man dieses Modul einfach mögen. Alles ist wohl vertraut, vom "Bildschirm umblenden" über die Angriffsschemen einiger Monster bis hin zu den neun prächtigen Dungeons. Dank ausgefeiltem Spielablauf, Dutzenden von versteckten Kammern, praktischen Extras, feschen Bösewichten und nachvollziehbaren Puzzles steht Golden Axe Warrior ein Ehrenplatz in meiner Modulsammlung zu. Farbenfrohe Grafik und meist stimmungsvolle Musik begleiten die motivierende Suche nach den Kristallen.
Video Games
Bei Segas Konkurrenten Nintendo werden sich wohl einige japanische Spieleentwickler beim Anblick von Golden Axe Warrior zum kollektiven Harakiri versammeln. So gut hat sich bislnag keiner bei Nintendos klassischen Zelda-Abenteuern schadlos gehalten. Aber während sich die Nintendo-Jünger die Haare raufen, dürfen Master-System-Fans angesichts dieses fast genialen Modulstreichs jubeln. Mit Golden axe Warrior dürfte auch der heißeste Hunger nach einem grandiosen Action-Adventure ausreichend gestillt werden.
Shin Force
Slap the Golden Axe realm on to a decent action/RPG and you get Golden Axe Warrior for Master System. Think of Golvellius combined with Zelda and that's what you'll get with this game. It's very hard to find these days so snag it right away if you see and want it.
Defunct Games
There isn't much else to say about this experience. Walk around, fight monsters, explore dungeons, get new items. It's all here, and it's been waiting for you, but not like the way the Army's waiting for you. The good kind of waiting.
Game Freaks 365
In conclusion, I have to say this is one of the most disappointing games ever released. Why? Simply because nobody knows about it and if it had any advertising at all no one remembers it. Sadly released right at the end of the Master System’s life on the NTSC market, hardly anyone realized it was around and thus it’s one of the rarest titles to find in the United States. I’ve seen this game catch upwards of one hundred dollars in the past, so expect this to go up in the future if gamers become more aware of its existence. If you watch, though, it was also released in Europe and is not nearly as hard to find so if you’re just in it for the gaming, go that route. Regardless, it will be money well spent in my opinion because this game deserves plenty more attention than it’s received so far.
Mean Machines
Don't be misled by the "Golden Axe" in the title of this game, because this has got absolutely nothing in common with Golden axe, the brilliant beat 'em up conversion. Golden Axe Warrior is a tedious role playing game with very little action. It starts out with promise, but unfortunately the rather unexciting gameplay – there are long periods where you have little to do – coupled with the awkward combat sequences make for a game that doesn't take long before it gets very dull. Some role playing fans might find some fun in there, but there are plenty of better games of this type - try Y's or Lord of the Sword instead. Arcade fans should steer well clear.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
All this has in common with the superb Sega beat 'em up is the title! Golden Axe Warrior is in fact a sprawling medieval RPG with little or no excitement on offer. The one redeeming feature is the size of the game (and the battery back-up), but in all other departments it's severely lacking. A big disappointment for Golden Axe fans.