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ActRaiser was one of the early SNES games, drawing upon the success of side-scrolling platform action titles and the building model of Sim City. You play "The Master" (essentially God), and must save the world from evil.

First you purge the land by sending your spirit into a warrior with a big sword and magic powers. This side scrolling portion puts you in many different locales, from swamps and forests, to pyramids and snowy mountaintops.

As you eliminate evil from different parts of the land, you allow villagers to return and build their towns. You then control an angel who helps guide the villagers in their town building, and can send down miracles to aid them in their needs.


ActRaiser SNES In simulation mode, most of the time is spend shooting demons.
ActRaiser SNES Title screen (Germany)
ActRaiser SNES Side-scrolling mode
ActRaiser SNES Dodging a throwing knife.

Promo Images

ActRaiser Screenshot
ActRaiser Screenshot
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ActRaiser Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Act Raiser" -- Alternate spelling
  • "アクトレイザー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The first God-game for the Super Nintendo is arguably still the best. keith jones (5) unrated
A dull simulation game and an okayish platformer tie neatly together for a surprisingly entertaining experience. J. P. Gray (120) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Time can be cruel... Mark Whelan (3) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
Swords and Sorcery and Awesomeness Andrew Douglas (10) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
One of the best SNES titles - Two games in one uclafalcon (270) unrated

Critic Reviews

Video Game Den Dec 16, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic Jan 24, 2003 A 100
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1991 36 out of 40 90
Retrogaming History Jun 02, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Aug 19, 2010 17 out of 20 85 Jul 29, 2007 84 out of 100 84 Jan, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Megablast 1993 79 out of 100 79
IGN May 30, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
HonestGamers Oct 26, 2012 6 out of 10 60


Topic # Posts Last Post
Proof of how outrageously good this music was: 1 J. P. Gray (120)
May 20, 2008


1001 Video Games

The SNES version of ActRaiser appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Yuzo Koshiro, the soundtrack designer, also composed a live orchestral version of the ActRaiser music. For example it was performed during the opening of the Games Convention 2004 in Leipzig.

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uclafalcon (270) added ActRaiser (SNES) on Jun 12, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (20698) and gamewarrior (5113)