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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 Shooting at the second boss from behind
Axelay SNES A midboss
Axelay SNES Getting closer to the last boss, things get a little more difficult
Axelay SNES Japanese Title

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Axelay Screenshot
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Axelay Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Oct 04, 1999 A 100
Play Time Jan, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 04, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Power Play Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86 Jan 15, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Video Chums Feb 20, 2015 8.1 out of 10 81
Video Game Den Nov 08, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Aug, 2010 8 out of 10 80 Aug 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Oct, 1992 80 out of 100 80


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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".