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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 These bombs are very powerful
Axelay SNES This mech is indestructible
Axelay SNES Dodging the flames
Axelay SNES Stage 5 - Dodging a giant worm

Promo Images

Axelay Screenshot
Axelay Screenshot
Axelay Screenshot
Axelay Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "アクスレイ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

1UP! Dec 02, 2014 93 out of 100 93
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 04, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Play Time Jan, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Life Jul 13, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Power Play Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86 Jan 15, 2010 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Mega Fun Mar, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Video Games Oct, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Megablast 1993 80 out of 100 80


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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".
Satoshi Kunsai (1805) added Axelay (SNES) on Jun 07, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (17480) and gamewarrior (5060)