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Golden Axe is an arcade beat-'em-up game that puts players in the shoes of one of three heroes, each with his own reason for trying to overthrow the evil rule of Death-Adder, who - along with his forces of darkness - kidnapped and imprisoned the King and his daughter and stole the legendary Golden Axe.

This is a horizontal fighting game, where you basically take one of the three characters (the barbarian Ax Battler, a dwarf named Gilius Thunderhead or the amazon Tyris Flare) and bash everything which stands between you and Death Adder himself. Each character has a special magical ability that can be charged by kicking small blue creatures that drop a potion. There is also a green variety off this creature that drops food that replenishes your health. Some enemies ride dragons and a scorpion like creature. The enemies can be knocked off and you can mount the creature yourself and attack the enemies with it.

The game allows to play up to two players on a same screen, however in the C64 version this option has not been implemented. C64 version was also stripped off in the other areas, such as: only one enemy can engage the player at a time or there are only two types of dragons instead of three.


Golden Axe SEGA Master System Double teamed
Golden Axe SEGA Master System It's a running theme... animal present
Golden Axe SEGA Master System Dragon
Golden Axe SEGA Master System Level 4

Promo Images

Golden Axe Screenshot
Golden Axe Screenshot
Golden Axe Screenshot
Golden Axe Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "戦斧" -- Japanese spelling
  • "战斧" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Golden Axe Classic " -- iOS and Android release

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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the SEGA Master System release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Critic Reviews

VideoGame May, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic Apr 25, 2003 A- 91
Joystick (French) Apr, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jun, 1990 890 out of 1000 89
Amstar Oct, 1990 15 out of 20 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1990 8.4 out of 12 70
Retrogaming History Jul 01, 2008 7 out of 10 70
1UP! Feb 06, 2004 56 out of 100 56
Retro Game Reviews Oct 17, 2020 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50
Retro Archives Jul 27, 2018 9 out of 20 45


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Canada? 4 Edwin Drost (4204)
Mar 31, 2017


German index

On May 30, 1992, Golden Axe was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Since August 31, 2005, the game is no longer on the index.


The Chicken Stinger is a creature you fight in the second stage of Altered Beast. This creature later showed up in Golden Axe as one of the Bizarrians that you can steal from the enemies in the game (it's now called a Chicken-Leg). The Chicken-Leg also showed up later in the arcade game Golden Axe: The Revenge Of Death Adder.


The death screams of the bad guys are digitized from screams used in the films First Blood (several) and one from Conan The Barbarian. Fans of the game who watch the movies will be able to pick these out easily.


  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #96 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • EMAP Image's Golden Joystick 1991
    • April 1991: Best coin-op conversion - 16 Bit
  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #70 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
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