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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...


Axelay SNES Game Over
Axelay SNES Stage 4 - Lots of strange creatures. The blue creatures pull your ship down.
Axelay SNES Japanese Title
Axelay SNES Title screen

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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. SNES keith jones (5)

Critic Reviews

N-Force SNES Sep, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Play Time SNES Jan, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Life SNES Jul 13, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
HonestGamers SNES Jan 13, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Aug, 1992 35 out of 40 88
Quebec Gamers SNES Apr 06, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
Power Play SNES Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Video Chums SNES Feb 20, 2015 8.1 out of 10 81
Total!! UK Magazine SNES Nov, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Video Games SNES Oct, 1992 80 out of 100 80


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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.


Beating the game three times in a row on the hardest difficulty will give players a message after the credits roll the third time:
Konami never made the sequel, blaming it on "lackluster sales of Axelay".