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This planet was once a quiet, peaceful place to live, until...they came...

An unknown alien race came to this planet and promptly laid waste to it. The remaining defense force has been sent out to try and defeat them. One lucky person gets to fly the latest line of defense ships made: the AX-77 Axelay. However, these ships are still in the prototype stage, and as such, only one exists.

So get out there and head to the alien's homeworld. With some luck, you may just be able to take them out at the source...


Axelay SNES Corliss is doomed...
Axelay SNES These bombs are very powerful
Axelay SNES Horizontally scrolling gameplay
Axelay SNES Getting closer to the last boss, things get a little more difficult

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Alternate Titles

  • "アクスレイ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "엑서레이" -- Korean spelling

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An underrated, revolutionary shoot-em-up. keith jones (5) unrated

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Oct 04, 1999 A 100
N-Force Sep, 1992 93 out of 100 93
1UP! Dec 02, 2014 93 out of 100 93
Play Time Jan, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1992 35 out of 40 88
Quebec Gamers Apr 06, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
Mega Fun Mar, 1994 82 out of 100 82 Aug, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Video Game Den Nov 08, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RetroGame Man Feb 15, 2016 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

The SNES version of Axelay appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Beating the game three times in a row on the hardest difficulty will give players a message after the credits roll the third time:
Konami never made the sequel, blaming it on "lackluster sales of Axelay".