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Mace: The Dark Age is a 3D fighting game set in a dark fantasy setting. Players can choose between 18 characters from all over the world equipped with swords, daggers, maces, katanas and other weapons. Basic moves include: a quick and a strong attack with weapons, kicks, sidesteps, and throws. Additional attacks can be performed by pressing the standard attack buttons in different positions or combined with directional buttons. Counter attacks are also possible, but require more complicated button combinations and good timing. Standard moves can be linked to combos and each character has a number of individual special moves that require specific button combinations to be used.

Battle arenas feature multiple levels and usually contain hazards like acid pools or swinging axes that deal damage when touched. Some arenas also contain interactive objects like plant pots or torches that can be thrown at opponents.

The game is fairly bloody (the gore can be turned off in the options menu) and all characters have their own finishing moves (called executions) - particularly brutal ways of killing an opponent.


Mace: The Dark Age Nintendo 64 Mordos Kull executes Rangar. You can still see his axes.
Mace: The Dark Age Nintendo 64 Lord Deimos attacks Taria with a special attack
Mace: The Dark Age Nintendo 64 Namira throws Rangar around
Mace: The Dark Age Nintendo 64 Namira attacks with a flaming kick

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Alternate Titles

  • "Mace: The Dark Age - Wield the Power of Mace" -- Tag-lined title

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Game Play 64 Nintendo 64 Dec, 1997 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) Nintendo 64 Nov, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 Nov, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Consoles Plus Nintendo 64 Dec, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Electric Playground Nintendo 64 Oct 25, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Oct, 1997 2 out of 6 80
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo 64 Dec, 2005 7.25 out of 10 72
Nintendo Power Magazine Nintendo 64 Oct, 1997 6.9 out of 10 69
Video Games Nintendo 64 Dec, 1997 69 out of 100 69
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nintendo 64 Jan, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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