Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe

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Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Genre: RPG[1]

















Series: Golden Axe series
Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • 日本語
  • English
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Game Gear
    JP
    ¥3,8003,800 G-3306
    Sega Game Gear
    US
    $29.9529.95[3][4] 2405
    Sega Game Gear
    EU
    2405
    Sega Game Gear
    UK
    £29.9929.99[5][6] 2405
    Sega Game Gear
    BR
    012100

    Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (アックスバトラー ゴールデンアックス伝説), known in Brazil as simply Golden Axe, is a Sega Game Gear platform role-playing game developed by Aspect and published by Sega. It was first released in Japan in November 1991.[1]

    The game is a sequel to the Sega Master System action role-playing game Golden Axe Warrior. Similar to how that game is highly derivative of the popular 1986 game The Legend of Zelda, Ax Battler derives its design from that game's sequel, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

    Story

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    Introduction

    Death Adder is laying siege to the entire world. He steals the Golden Axe, a magical weapon that grants its wielder unimaginable power, from its hiding place in Firewood Castle. To prevent Death Adder using its powers to destroy the world, the King of Firewood Castle calls upon the help of his strongest warrior: Ax Battler.

    Gameplay

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    Town and character status

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    Overworld and battle

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    Training house

    The game consists of overhead RPG segments exploring an overworld and towns interspersed with side-scrolling battles and stages.

    As the player traverses the overworld, enemies randomly attack, prompting the game to switch to a side-scrolling battle scene. Ax Battler must defeat the enemy by striking it or using magic abilities until the enemy runs out of hit points. If Ax Battler is hit by the enemy, he loses a hit point and the encounter ends; if he defeats the enemy, he collects magic vases, which are the game's currency.

    The player can find and enter towns from the overworld. Towns usually contain an inn where Ax Battler can rest and replenish his health for a fee, a training house where Ax Battler can learn a new ability if he wins a battle, and a password house where the player can receive a password for continuing the game at a later time. The player can talk to NPCs that sometimes provide hints. The overworld also contains special landmarks, which are side-scrolling platforming stages that the player must complete to collect an item to advance or to travel to a new location.

    In the overworld, the player can move Ax Battler with the D-Pad. The player can invoke a menu with 2 (or dismiss the menu with 1) to talk with NPCs, use an item, or search the area. The player can open a status screen with  START  that shows Ax Battler's health, the amount of vases collected, and the special attacks learned. The player can also choose a magic technique from this screen.

    In the side-scrolling action scenes, Ax Battler moves with Left and Right and crouches with Down. He jumps with 2. He attacks with 1, which can be done while crouching or jumping. He can use a magic ability with  START  (if standing on the ground).

    Health for both Ax Battler and his foe (in a battle scene) is indicated by rectangles at the bottom of the screen. An orange rectangle represents one hit point and a blue rectangle represents two hit points. Ax Battler has a maximum of six hit points. If he loses all of them, he is defeated and revives in the password house of the last town visited; the player can choose to continue the game if desired. Though Ax Battler retains the special attacks he has learned and the items he has collected, he loses all of his vases after continuing.

    Magic Abilities

    Magic abilities are all initially available and can be selected through the status screen from the overworld.

    • Earth: Does 1 hit point of damage. Costs 2 vases.
    • Thunder: Does 2 hit points of damage. Costs 4 vases.
    • Fire: Does 4 hit points of damage. Costs 8 vases.

    Special Attacks

    Ax Battler learns special attack skills from training houses in each town. These abilities work in both the battle sequences and the platforming stages. Some abilities are necessary to learn in order to complete the game.

    • High Jump: An extra high jump performed with Up+2.
    • Upper Swing: An upward sword swing performed with Down+1 that does twice as much damage as a standard attack.
    • Jump Swing: A downward cut performed with Up+1 in midair that does twice as much damage as a standard attack.
    • Super Swing: A semicircular sword slice performed with Up+1 while standing.
    • Run and Tackle: Ax Battler can now run with LeftLeft or RightRight and then tackle an enemy with 1 while running. This ability can also destroy some objects.
    • Jump Attack: A downward jab performed with Down+1 in midair that does twice as much damage as a standard attack.

    Items

    Items are usually necessary to progress.

    • Bomb: Levels mountains on the overworld. Found in the Spooky Cave.
    • Crystal: Summons a giant turtle to ferry Ax Battler across the water. Found in the Peninsula Tower.
    • Key: Found in the Death Pyramid.
    • Compass: Given to Ax Battler by a wounded soldier in the Holmstock town.
    • Fruit: Found by inspecting a tree to the west of the Maze Forest.
    • Magic Stone: Found by inspecting a tile to the northwest of the North Valley town.

    Special Landmarks

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    Spooky Cave

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    Peninsula Tower

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    Turtle's Back

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    Death Pyramid

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    Evil Cave

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    Maze Wood

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    Gayn Mountain

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    Eagle's Back

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    Ice Cliffs

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    Death Adder's Castle

    Production credits

    Source:
    In-game credits[8]


    Source:
    Sega TV Game Genga Gallery[9]


    Source:
    Uncredited

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

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    Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-11: "November 1991" (1991-10-08)

    Artwork

    Physical scans

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    Publication Score Source
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    Publication Version Score
    Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
    53
    [10]
    Consoles + (FR)
    72
    [11]
    Console XS (UK) NTSC-J
    56
    [12]
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    63
    [13]
    Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
    37
    [14]
    Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
    48
    [15]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    80
    [3]
    Games-X (UK)
    40
    [16]
    Game Zone (UK) NTSC-J
    73
    [17]
    Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
    30
    [18]
    Hobby Consolas (ES)
    59
    [19]
    Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
    85
    [20]
    Joystick (FR)
    85
    [21]
    Mega Force (FR)
    75
    [22]
    Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
    67
    [23]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
    39
    [24]
    Player One (FR)
    80
    [25]
    Play Time (DE)
    70
    [26]
    Power Play (DE)
    77
    [27]
    Sega Pro (UK)
    77
    [5]
    Sega Pro (UK) NTSC
    56
    [28]
    Sega Force (SE)
    75
    [29]
    Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    46
    [30]
    Supergame (BR)
    82
    [7]
    Supersonic (FR)
    90
    [31]
    VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
    80
    [4]
    Zero (UK)
    87
    [32]
    Sega Game Gear
    66
    Based on
    27 reviews

    Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe

    Game Gear, JP
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Game Gear, US
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Ax Battler A Legend of Golden Axe GG US Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Game Gear, EU
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Axbattler gg eu manual.pdf
    Manual
    Game Gear, FR (Blister pack)
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    Cover
    Game Gear, BR
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    Cover
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    Cart

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 dfcf555f
    MD5 2aa1025039e174f7e5168ce09cde3113
    SHA-1 ff7931d3461c69ffc3a82d892ae3bb3bb00788b3
    256kB 1991-08-23[33] Cartridge (JP)
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 663bcf8a
    MD5 71e87c98e849c71dfd9a21a4a9ff56b4
    SHA-1 9f5bf2973225b8ee337fcec460829724a0c63d9e
    256kB 1991-12-10[33] Cartridge (US/EU)
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 3435ab54
    MD5 1d8cc7e9a742312294fc1dace252907f
    SHA-1 fe0f433aebd6e3c4b61e4e155323fe6932369459
    256kB 1991-10-08 EPROM cartridge Page

    References

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 https://sega.jp/history/hard/gamegear/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-12-07 04:57)
    2. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 154
    3. 3.0 3.1 GamePro, "May 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 76
    4. 4.0 4.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "May 1992" (US; 1992-0x-xx), page 54
    5. 5.0 5.1 Sega Pro, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-21), page 68
    6. Sega Power, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-02), page 45
    7. 7.0 7.1 Supergame, "Julho 1992" (BR; 1992-07-xx), page 38
    8. File:Ax Battler GG credits.pdf
    9. Sega TV Game Genga Gallery, Graphic Sha, page 67
    10. Beep! MegaDrive, "November 1991" (JP; 1991-10-08), page 39
    11. Consoles +, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 125
    12. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 147
    13. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 32
    14. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 164
    15. Famitsu, "1991-11-01" (JP; 1991-10-18), page 39
    16. Games-X, "14th-20th November 1991" (UK; 1991-11-14), page 35
    17. Game Zone, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-18), page 57
    18. Hippon Super, "November 1991" (JP; 1991-10-04), page 91
    19. Hobby Consolas, "Mayo 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 76
    20. Joypad, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 1991-12-1x), page 106
    21. Joystick, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 163
    22. Mega Force, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-05-05), page 72
    23. Micromanía (segunda época), "Junio 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 79
    24. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 143
    25. Player One, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-05-10), page 108
    26. Play Time, "7/92" (DE; 1992-06-03), page 96
    27. Power Play, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-13), page 158
    28. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
    29. Sega Force, "1/92" (SE; 1992-xx-xx), page 24
    30. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 88
    31. Supersonic, "Mai/Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 24
    32. Zero, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-11), page 78
    33. 33.0 33.1 Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe/Hidden content


    Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe

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    Prereleases:
    Sega Game Gear
    Prototypes: 1991-10-08



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