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You are the mighty warrior Gogan, whose village has been required by the Jagu tribe to give a human sacrifice each year. Flare, your childhood friend, has been chosen as the sacrifice. Your task is to rescue Flare and destroy the Jagu and their leader. To help you complete your mission, you are given the Legendary Axe, which is said to possess tremendous power that is usable only to its wielder.

There are six zones in the game and has Gogan exploring forests, caves, mountains, dungeons, and castles, while defeating enemies that get in his way with his axe. Idols can be broken to reveal power-ups that will increase the axe's power and speed up its swing. These power-ups can also award you extra lives, more points, and the ability to access secret areas. At the end of each zone, you have to defeat a boss in order to proceed.


The Legendary Axe TurboGrafx-16 Zone 1
The Legendary Axe TurboGrafx-16 Close to a waterfall
The Legendary Axe TurboGrafx-16 Boss
The Legendary Axe TurboGrafx-16 Zone 3A

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Alternate Titles

  • "魔境伝説" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Makyō Densetsu" -- Japanese title

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HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Dec 05, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Pixel-Heroes.de Mar, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Retro Archives Sep 27, 2021 17 out of 20 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1989 33 out of 40 82
Classic-games.net Jul 21, 2017 8 out of 10 80
IGN Apr 02, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Retro Game Reviews Nov 16, 2019 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
The Video Game Critic Apr 20, 2004 B- 67


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  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Best TurboGrafx-16 Game of the Year

    Katakis | カタキス (42876) added The Legendary Axe (TurboGrafx-16) on Feb 14, 2005
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