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You are Astyanax, a sixteen year old boy that has the same dream night after night: A princess, calling for help. One afternoon, you are summoned to the world of Remnia by Cutie, a pixie, to save the realm's princess. You are the chosen one mentioned by their prophecies!
Astyanax is a side-scrolling platform action game set in a fantasy world. You must save the realm from Blackhorn's evil horde. Along the way you'll find powerups that will make you stronger, and upgrade your weapon; and you can also unleash magical attacks that hit all enemies on the screen. Three magic spells are available: blast (fireball in all directions), bolt (powerful lightning strike), and blind (freeze all enemies on screen). The weapon upgrades that the player can find also determine the power of the spells and how many magic points they will use.
A follow-up to the Arcade game The Astyanax, this version features completely redesigned stages, enemies, and a new story.
Credits (NES version)
|Planning and Continuity (ぷらんいんぐ あんど でもこんて)||
|Graphic Artist (ぐらふぃっく ああちすと)|
|Screen Animation (すくりーん あにめーしょん)|
|Sound Composer (さうんど こんぽおざあ)||
|Sound Driver (uncredited)|
Average score: 67% (based on 9 ratings)
Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 18 ratings with 1 reviews)
The storyline is that a boy with an unusual name (Astyanax) from the real world is magically zapped into a magical world where he must don armor and weapons to rescue the princess. To list strong points about the game, it was a little bit different from the usual NES side-scrolling action game in that the game characters were slightly larger than the usual NES characters and the graphics and color schemes were unique.
I always felt that this game tried too hard. The game did its best to integrate cinema cut scenes but they were unsuccessful because they were so painfully slow-moving. Indeed, this was a problem with a lot of older NES games that attempted to have a deep story. Astyanax is an okay game but it just seemed to miss the mark in a lot of ways.
The Bottom Line
Astyanax had promise and I wanted to enjoy it since it was trying to be different. But different is not always good.
NES · by Multimedia Mike (20603) · 2005
The word "Astyanax" comes from the Greek for "Prince of the City", and was originally applied to the Trojan prince Scamandrius, son of Hector and Andromache. Various accounts have him thrown to his death in infancy from the battlements of Troy by Odysseus or Neoptolemus, in an effort to stem the Trojan royal line.
- MobyGames ID: 11945
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Game added February 5th, 2004. Last modified September 1st, 2023.