A Great Spinoff To A Great Series!
Golden Axe Warrior, is an Action/RPG for the Sega Master System. And a spin off to the famous Arcade/Genesis hack n slash. It plays like Zelda, but excels where Zelda fails.
In Golden Axe Warrior the evil Death Adder is back. And it is up to you to stop him and bring peace to the land. In the game you explore the world, villages, and dark dungeons. You purchase supplies, find better weapons and armors, meet other Golden Axe warriors, and gain the use of magic.
Gameplay is very similar to that of Zelda. GAW, is more believable in the end. There are actually villages in the world! There are more than three characters! Plus the use of Golden Axe lore helps here. It is also more clear were you need to go next.
This is simply a fun game. And along with Phantasy Star, and Y’s, this is one of the best 8-bit RPGS.
The Graphics are sharp and colorful. Just nice 2D visuals. For those who don’t mind such things.
The Music is epic and catchy. The sound effects are here but not as good as the music.
This is a tough game! About ten times harder than Zelda.
The Save system is weak. Progress can not be saved in dungeons. So you end up finding the boss, getting killed and having to start all over! This will led you to scream explicative things. Don’t play at night!
The Bottom Line
It is a shame that such a great game never got out of Zelda’s shadow. If Zelda fans would play this game, I think they would dig it. As will RPG and oldskool game fans! It would be nice to get a GBA re-release of this game.