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The Battle of Olympus is an action game with light role-playing elements. It is set in ancient Greece and casts the player in the role of Orpheus, whose girlfriend, Helene, has been kidnapped by the demonic ruler of the netherworld called Hades. Orpheus must consult the powerful gods and have their help in order to defeat Hades and free Helene.

This game is similar to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link in presentation and side-scrolling combat style. However, it is not a full-fledged RPG like Zelda II, since it lacks player-dependent character-building. The game world consists of interconnected, maze-like side-scrolling sections that include both towns and hostile areas where Orpheus fights his way through the minions of Hades. There are various items one must get to continue to the next location, including swords, shields and crystals. There are three fragments of love hidden around; Orpheus has to find them before he can enter Tartarus and fight Hades to save his beloved Helene.

The game sometimes references specific Greek myths, but often interprets them liberally (i.e. Orpheus is a warrior rather than a musician, his beloved one is Helene and not Eurydice, etc.). The monsters of the game are also based on the Greek mythology and include cyclopes, minotaurs, pegasuses, and others.


The Battle of Olympus Game Boy Enter the names of the hero and heroine.
The Battle of Olympus NES Another dialogue
The Battle of Olympus NES Greek style, columns and all
The Battle of Olympus NES Entering a mountain area

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Alternate Titles

  • "オリュンポスの戦い" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Olympus no Tatakai" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

A look back at this classic won't land you in Hades. NES Paul Smith (70)
Link goes to Greece? NES Multimedia Mike (19762)

Critic Reviews

RPGFan NES Aug 31, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Joypad NES Oct, 1991 88 out of 100 88
HonestGamers NES Nov 22, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) NES Sep, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Retrogaming History NES Dec 22, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Game Boy Nov, 1993 69 out of 100 69
Power Play NES Sep, 1991 68 out of 100 68
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Nov, 1993 2.75 out of 6 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Dec, 1993 7 out of 12 58 NES Feb, 2011 D 25


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Release history

The Battle of Olympus was marketed by Brøderbund as part of its "Adventure Series."

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