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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 Stage 4 - Lots of strange creatures. The blue creatures pull your ship down.
Axelay SNES Larger ships, too
Axelay SNES Flying over a large battleship
Axelay SNES Got hit

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

1UP! Dec 02, 2014 93 out of 100 93
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
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 04, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Quebec Gamers Apr 06, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 15, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Mega Fun Mar, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Video Chums Feb 20, 2015 8.1 out of 10 81
Total! (Germany) May, 1994 2.25 out of 6 75
RetroGame Man Feb 15, 2016 7 out of 10 70

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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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