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Description

In the sequel to Barbarian / Death Sword, the Wizard Drax is back after your previous defeat of him. But this time, you're not alone. The princess you saved back then has taken up a sword and joined your cause! Now, it's more than a death match. You have to explore the many tunnels in his dungeon, defeat the dangerous monsters that come between you and put cold steel to Drax's throat.

The game has similar game play to the original, but with a different challenge. Various monsters will come and attack you, but you'll need to use different approaches in order to defeat each of them. For example, you can't overhead chop a monster that's shorter than your axe. There are 4 dungeon levels to explore before you reach Drax at the final stage.

Screenshots

Axe of Rage BBC Micro There is a puff of smoke behind me as a new monster appears
Axe of Rage MSX Don't fall into that hole
Axe of Rage MSX Beat the dragon
Axe of Rage DOS Menu screen (EGA)

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Alternate Titles

  • "Barbarian II: The Dungeon of Drax" -- International title
  • "Barbarian 2" -- BBC Micro loading screen title

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Critic Reviews

Info Commodore 64 Sep, 1989 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Commodore User Amiga Aug, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1989 81 out of 100 81
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC May, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Computing Amiga Oct, 1989 73 out of 100 73
Amiga User International Amiga Oct, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Zero DOS Feb, 1990 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Mar, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Sep, 1989 7.8 out of 12 65
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Cancelled successor

The originally planned storyline was changed during development, to allow for a third game in the series. By the time it was last heard of as being in development in July 1992, it was to be a two-part game called Super Barbarian, combining beat 'em up and platform elements.

Cover

Just like in the predecessor the models on the original UK cover are Maria Whittaker (page 3 topless model for The Sun newspaper) and Michael Van Wijk (known as Wolf from the UK TV show Gladiators).

Delayed Amiga version

The Amiga version was slightly delayed as the programmer Richard Leinfellner was required to help finishing Palace's Shoot 'em up Construction Kit.

Poster

Some boxed games came with a free poster featuring the barbarian, princess Mariana standing in front of a slayed beast as different pose from the game box cover.

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Beat-'em-ups
Information also contributed by Martin Smith and retroking.
Contributed to by Kabushi (257603), Martin Smith (78737), Mobygamesisreanimated (11175), formercontrib (158042), koffiepad (10503) and Indra was here (20853)
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