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Golden Axe III is like its predecessors a beat 'em-up game that puts players in the shoes of a hero out to save the land from evil. This time Damud Hellbringer, the 'Prince of Darkness', has taken away the Golden Axe and put an evil curse over all the warriors of the land. However, one of the heroes has their curse relieved and is sent to set things straight and lift the curse off other warriors, defeat the villains and return with the Golden Axe.

The barbarian and amazon of the first two parts remain although receiving new names (Kain Grinder and Sahra Burn). The two new characters introduced are the panther warrior Chronos Raid and Proud Cragger the giant. Gilius Thunderhead the dwarf gives you instructions, but is not playable. The gameplay has been expanded slightly, but is essentially the same hack 'n' slash as in the previous games. New features to the series include junction points where you can choose which path to take. Like in the first Golden Axe, you get magic potions and health power-ups by kicking gnomes during the occasional intermission. Every character has unique magic spells, but they function in the same way: the power and the damage of the spell increase with the number of potions available (and you can't choose a weaker one if you want to spare more potions for later). New moves include blocks, grapples, sweeps and team attacks.


Golden Axe III Genesis Death Mountain: jumping over barrels that come rolling down the mountain
Golden Axe III Genesis Ancient Mound: the panther with an acrobatic move
Golden Axe III Genesis Bloody Street: every now and then you can make a decision about your route
Golden Axe III Genesis Using magic that hits all enemies on screen

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "战斧3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ゴールデンアックスⅢ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

My most-played game on the Genesis! Ivan Obretenov (33) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A solid medieval beat 'em-up and the best of the series Roedie (5247) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
The Best Of The Series. MasterMegid (902) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Sometimes, more is not better but just more Elliott Wu (44) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
There was a reason it was not released in the USA. Majestic Lizard (676) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Sega Force Sep 30, 1993 76 out of 100 76
Video Games Oct, 1993 74 out of 100 74
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Jan 06, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 26, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Retro Game Reviews Jun 26, 2022 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
SegaFan.com Mar 26, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1993 62 out of 100 62
Ação Games Aug, 1993 2 out of 4 50
Sega-16.com Jun 24, 2004 4 out of 10 40


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Syed GJ (1577) added Golden Axe III (Genesis) on Mar 26, 2003
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