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This planet was once a quiet, peaceful place to live, until...they came...

An unknown alien race came to this planet and promptly laid waste to it. The remaining defense force has been sent out to try and defeat them. One lucky person gets to fly the latest line of defense ships made: the AX-77 Axelay. However, these ships are still in the prototype stage, and as such, only one exists.

So get out there and head to the alien's homeworld. With some luck, you may just be able to take them out at the source...

Screenshots

Axelay SNES Japanese Title
Axelay SNES The third boss
Axelay SNES The first boss
Axelay SNES Intro

Promo Images

Axelay Screenshot
Axelay Screenshot
Axelay Screenshot
Axelay Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "アクスレイ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "엑서레이" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

An underrated, revolutionary shoot-em-up. keith jones (5) unrated

Critic Reviews

N-Force Sep, 1992 93 out of 100 93
1UP! Dec 02, 2014 93 out of 100 93
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1992 35 out of 40 88
Power Play Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Mega Fun Mar, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Pixel-Heroes.de Aug, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Oct, 1992 80 out of 100 80
GameTrip.net Aug 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) May, 1994 2.25 out of 6 75

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Sequel

Beating the game three times in a row on the hardest difficulty will give players a message after the credits roll the third time:
AXELAY 2 COMING SOON!"
Konami never made the sequel, blaming it on "lackluster sales of Axelay".

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