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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 is a scrolling shoot-'em-up where some levels scroll vertically and others horizontally. The game is notable for its use of Super Nintendo's Mode 7. In vertically scrolling levels, the backgrounds are made entirely of Mode 7 graphics giving the playfield the illusion of depth.


Axelay SNES Stage 3 - Flying over a desert and a large city
Axelay SNES The first boss
Axelay SNES The final stage - destroy the right parts of the ships to stop these enemies from spawning
Axelay SNES The third boss

Promo Images

Axelay Screenshot
Axelay Other
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Axelay Magazine Advertisement

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

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
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Aug, 1992 35 out of 40 88
Power Play SNES Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Jeuxvideo.com SNES Jan 15, 2010 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Nov, 1992 10 out of 12 83
GameTrip.net SNES Aug 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Pixel-Heroes.de SNES Aug, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) SNES May, 1994 2.25 out of 6 75
RetroGame Man SNES Feb 15, 2016 7 out of 10 70


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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".


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