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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.


Axe of Rage DOS Yikes, prepare for battle! (EGA)
Axe of Rage Commodore 64 Final Stage - Drax doesn't put up much of a fight either
Axe of Rage Commodore 64 The first screen
Axe of Rage Amstrad CPC I killed him.

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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

Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1988 96 out of 100 96
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Aug, 1988 94 out of 100 94
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC May, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Dec, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 10.2 out of 12 85
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Oct, 1989 82 out of 100 82
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC May, 1989 78 out of 100 78
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 754 out of 1000 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST May, 1989 750 out of 1000 75
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Dec, 1990 73 out of 100 73


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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.


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.


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.


  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Beat-'em-ups
Information also contributed by Martin Smith and retroking.
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