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Description

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 Vertically scrolling gameplay
Axelay SNES This mech is indestructible
Axelay SNES Two dragons attack
Axelay SNES Stage 2 - Large moving platforms

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
N-Force Sep, 1992 93 out of 100 93
1UP! Dec 02, 2014 93 out of 100 93
Play Time Jan, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 04, 2004 9 out of 10 90
HonestGamers Jan 13, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Jul 13, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Mega Fun Mar, 1994 82 out of 100 82
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".
Satoshi Kunsai (1807) added Axelay (SNES) on Jun 07, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (17997) and gamewarrior (5060)