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The Astyanax is a side-scrolling platform action game set in a fantasy world. The hero sets out to slay the evil wizard terrorizing the land. He is armed with an ax and also has a magic lightning spell that can be powered-up two times. Magic upgrades and health potions can be found in small stone pillars. The player needs to beat monsters in a number of locales, jumping across pits and fighting bosses at the end of stages. Two-palyer co-op is supported, with the second player being palette-swap of Player 1.

The game was designed by Tokuhiro Takemori who previously worked on Legendary Axe, and the basic game mechanic is similar -- in order to deal heavy blow with the axe the player needs to stop swinging it for a while. The NES version released after the Arcade game, while generally having same gameplay, features completely different level layouts, enemy designs and story.


The Astyanax Arcade Exploring The Cave.
The Astyanax Arcade See that alien in the background?
The Astyanax Arcade Using powered-up magic
The Astyanax Arcade Japanese title screen

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The Astyanax Concept Art
The Astyanax Screenshot
The Astyanax Screenshot
The Astyanax Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "The Lord of King" -- Japanese title
  • "Arcade Archives: The Lord of King" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch title
  • "Arcade Archives: The Astyanax" -- PS4 / Switch title
  • "アーケードアーカイブス ザ・ロードオブキング" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • "ザ・ロードオブキング" -- Japanese spelling

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Mar, 1990 80 out of 100 80


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