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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...


Axelay SNES Larger ships, too
Axelay SNES The fourth boss - The purple beam slows down the ship and changes its weapons
Axelay SNES The fifth boss
Axelay SNES Maneuvering and shooting my way through these tubes

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

The Video Game Critic Oct 04, 1999 A 100
1UP! Dec 02, 2014 93 out of 100 93
HonestGamers Jan 13, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1992 35 out of 40 88
Power Play Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Quebec Gamers Apr 06, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
Total!! UK Magazine Nov, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Megablast 1993 80 out of 100 80 Aug 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80
RetroGame Man Feb 15, 2016 7 out of 10 70


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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.


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