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A look back at this classic won't land you in Hades. Paul Smith (70) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Link goes to Greece? Multimedia Mike (20668) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.9
Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Still, if you've been toying with the idea of getting into NES adventuring, Battle of Olympus is as good a place as any to start. The graphics are mighty fine, the quest is exciting and there's a hell of a lot of game here for your money.
RPGFan (Aug 31, 2000)
Battle of Olympus required skill, thought, luck, and patience to beat. Like many early games, it lacked the mercy that many recent games have. In exchange for this, you are given enveloping music, decent visuals, and a chance to go medieval on an immortal. If you need a challenge and can find this game, play it. You won't be disappointed.
Joypad (Oct, 1991)
Si vous aimez les jeux d'arcade-aventure, The Battle of Olympus ne manque pas d'atouts pour vous séduire. Vous pouvez dialoguer avec de nombreux personnages qui vous fourniront de précieuses indications, mais les fans d'actions auront également fort à faire pour repousser les attaques incessantes de toutes sortes de créatures. Quand à la réalisation, elle est très soignée et la représentation de l'action rappelle fortement les séquences en scrolling de Zelda II, mais avec des graphismes de meilleure facture. Un excellent jeu d'arcade-aventure, qui bénéficie du savoir-faire Nintendo.
Classic-games.net (Oct 19, 2016)
This was an amazing piece of work back then and still is now. Most adventure games from that era have aged poorly and while Battle of Olympus has its faults it is still a retro classic. The combination of its Greek setting and solid gameplay make it one of my favorite NES titles and one that I would still recommend today.
VideoGame (Aug, 1991)
The Battle of Olympus é um autêntico "role-playing game". Ou seja, você deve conseguir pistas durante o jogo que o ajudarão a atingir seu objetivo. Que, aliás, não é muito original: você deve ajudar a salvar Helene, a amada de Orpheu, o herói, que foi requisitada pelo Deus Hades para ser a Rainha de Tartarus. São oito cidades que devem ser visitadas até o objetivo final, que é a luta com Hades.
Battle of Olympus p√•minner en hel del om Links √§ventyr. Precis som d√§r springer du runt och samlar p√• f√∂rem√•l, vapen och trollformler. √Ąven grafiken √§r lik den Link r√∂r sig i. S√• f√∂r dig som gillar kombinationen √§ventyr/rollspel och inte orkar v√§nta p√• Zelda III till Super NES (som vi s√§kert inte f√•r se √§n p√• n√•t √•r) s√• √§r Battle of Olympus ett sj√§lvklart k√∂p.
Combat is simple but functional. Armor and weapon upgrades are always fun to check out, and deciphering the puzzles and finishing one’s quest is simply something players should want to do, with the fun factor of the game adding a nice underlying momentum.
Battle of Olympus is a shameless rip-off of Nintendo's Zelda II: The Adventures of Link, boasting the same sort of graphics -- in particular, human characters who might have been directly ripped from that game. At least they picked a good game to steal from, as this lack of originality isn't a bad thing. It's when they deviate from that path that cracks start to appear. As Orpheus, you travel from region to region in Greece. You'll kill monsters to earn olives (money), which you use to buy weapon upgrades and key items. Most regions have at least one boss fight against various Greek monsters like the cyclops, hydra, minotaur and others. There's kind of a "Metroidvania" vibe to this game. From the region you start the game in, you can find exits to four other places, so it's up to you to figure out where to go first, as most areas have sections that are inaccessible until you obtain the proper item.
Mean Machines (Sep, 1991)
This looks pretty similar to the likes of Zelda and Faxanadu, and to be honest, if this kind o' thing is your cup of tea you'll probably find a massive and enjoyable task ahead of you. Unfortunately, there are a couple of things that didn't really appeal to me. First of all, the simplistic interaction with the other one-speech tape-recorder-like characters is a bit annoying. Another thing which hampered my enjoyment of this game somewhat was the pretty boring action sequences. Just running along a horizontally-scrolling landscape slashing your chopper at small enemy sprites isn't my idea of an excursion to Excitement Central. Zelda fans should have a look at this. Others will probably find it a bit of a bore no matter how much there is in it.
Quebec Gamers (Aug 27, 2006)
Malgré des ennemis irritants et des énigmes pas évidentes, Battle Of Olympus est un bon petit jeu d'aventure qui s'inspire fortement de Zelda 2 avec un look de Grèce ancienne fort réussi.
Video Games (Sep, 1991)
Diese ganzen Kritikpunkte wiegen zum Gl√ľck nicht so schwer, da√ü sie den Spielspa√ü zerm√ľrben k√∂nnten. Wer auf Action-Adventures steht, und nicht die strengsten Ma√üst√§be anlegt, der kann sich Battle of Olympus problemlos zulegen. Eine ansprechende Grafik vers√ľ√üt das Abenteuerleben.
Retrogaming History (Dec 22, 2008)
The Battle of Olympus è un gioco molto interessante per il periodo, in grado di riprendere elementi da altri giochi mantenendo comunque uno stile personale ben preciso; l'ambientazione mitologica per un adventure è originale, la sfida alta, i puzzle interessanti e alcune trovate (i sandali magici per camminare sui soffitti, ad esempio) molto curiose, peccato però che ci siano troppi elementi che lo rendano inutilmente difficile, noioso e frustrante.
Power Play (Sep, 1991)
Ein zeusscher Blitzschlag ist "Battle of Olympus" leider nicht. Zwar sorgen das reizvolle Mythenthema, die gro√üe Spielwelt und einige R√§tsel f√ľr die n√∂tige Action-Adventure-Abwechslung, aber der Genialit√§tsfunke springt nicht √ľber. Battle of Olympus bietet solide Action-Adventure-Hausmannskost im schlichten grafischen Gewand. Man pr√ľgelt sich durch die griechische Sagenwelt, t√ľftelt am einen oder anderen Puzzle, sammelt brav seine Gegenst√§nde und murkst ein paar Obermotze ab. Das ist ja ganz nett, aber ich pers√∂nlich spiele lieber das bessere "Faxanadu" oder den gehaltvolleren Klassiker "Zelda II".
Random Access (Oct 07, 2011)
The Battle of Olympus had potential, but due to poor offensive abilities and, as a direct result, a perplexing difficulty level, the game falls flat on its face. The game has its fun points, and contrary to what I just said a moment ago, the game CAN be completed. But the long journey was indeed a tiring one, both for our pal, Orpheus, and for me. Too many trifling deaths, too many lengthy expeditions through Greek seasides, and too many wasted flicks of a pitiful club forced me to experience more suffering than entertainment.
Questicle.net (Feb, 2011)
Graphics are sub-par, the music is boring, and about the only thing that prevents me from giving this game an F, is its playability. The character controls well, for the most part, and the game is technically beatable. With time and patience, the Battle of Olympus can be won, but like all mediocre games, the question here is, why? If you like your adventure games brimming with frustration and guesswork, perhaps you too would like to make a trip down to Hades with Orpheus. No rush, though: he has time to spare.

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