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You are Astyanax, a sixteen year old boy that has the same dream night after night: A princess, calling for help. One afternoon, you are summoned to the world of Remnia by Cutie, a pixie, to save the realm's princess. You are the chosen one mentioned by their prophecies!

Astyanax is a side-scrolling platform action game set in a fantasy world. You must save the realm from Blackhorn's evil horde. Along the way you'll find powerups that will make you stronger, and upgrade your weapon; and you can also unleash magical attacks that hit all enemies on the screen. Three magic spells are available: blast (fireball in all directions), bolt (powerful lightning strike), and blind (freeze all enemies on screen). The weapon upgrades that the player can find also determine the power of the spells and how many magic points they will use.

A follow-up to the Arcade game The Astyanax, this version features completely redesigned stages, enemies, and a new story.


Astyanax NES Thorndog has a cool-looking attack, but he's not that hard
Astyanax NES Round 2-2  INAZUMI
Astyanax NES 3-1 Ryugoku
Astyanax NES Freezing enemies is the trick to get through the stage

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Lord of King" -- Japanese title
  • "Astyanax: The Warrior of Remlia" -- Tag-lined title

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A game that tries too hard Multimedia Mike (20636) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

VideoGame Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Dec 26, 2016 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Dec 31, 2003 8 out of 10 80
neXGam 2002 7 out of 10 70
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Defunct Games Aug 29, 2009 65 out of 100 65 Jan, 2011 C 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1990 19 out of 40 48
Video Games Sep, 1991 40 out of 100 40


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The word "Astyanax" comes from the Greek for "Prince of the City", and was originally applied to the Trojan prince Scamandrius, son of Hector and Andromache. Various accounts have him thrown to his death in infancy from the battlements of Troy by Odysseus or Neoptolemus, in an effort to stem the Trojan royal line.
Foxhack (31792) added Astyanax (NES) on Feb 01, 2004
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