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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 Ancient Mound: the panther with an acrobatic move
Golden Axe III Genesis Barbarian with the back breaker wrestling move
Golden Axe III Genesis The dwarf from the previous game instructs the new hero
Golden Axe III Genesis Dim Jungle: Tyris uses her magic to summon this dragon, her most powerful special attack

Promo Images

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Golden Axe III Screenshot
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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! Genesis Ivan Obretenov (33)
A solid medieval beat 'em-up and the best of the series Genesis Roedie (5247)
The Best Of The Series. Genesis MasterMegid (902)
Sometimes, more is not better but just more Genesis Elliott Wu (44)
There was a reason it was not released in the USA. Genesis Majestic Lizard (676)

Critic Reviews

Consolemania Genesis Sep, 1993 92 out of 100 92
Video Games Genesis Oct, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Retro Game Reviews Genesis Jun 26, 2022 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Jan 06, 2008 7 out of 10 70
SegaFan.com Genesis Mar 26, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65
TouchGen iPhone May 14, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
148apps iPhone May 16, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Wii Dec 12, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Ação Games Genesis Aug, 1993 2 out of 4 50
Sega-16.com Genesis Jun 24, 2004 4 out of 10 40


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