Golden Axe (home computers)

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Golden Axe
System(s): Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, IBM PC, ZX Spectrum
Publisher:
Commodore 64
IBM PC compatibles
Sega (US)
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
IBM PC compatibles
ZX Spectrum
Virgin Games (UK)
Amstrad CPC
Commodore 64
MCM Software (ES)
Developer:
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Commodore Amiga
UK
£24.99[1] ?
Commodore Amiga
UK
(Tronix)
£9.99 ?
Atari ST
UK
£24.99[1] ?
Atari ST
UK
(Tronix)
£9.99 ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Cassette)
£10.99[1] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Disk)
£14.99[1] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Tronix)
£3.99 ?
Amstrad CPC
ES
(Cassette)
? ?
Amstrad CPC
ES
(Disk)
? ?
Commodore 64
US
(Disk)
$? ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Cassette)
£10.99[1] ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Disk)
£14.99[1] ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Tronix)
£3.99[3] ?
Commodore 64
ES
(Cassette)
? ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Cassette)
£10.99[1] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Disk)
£14.99[1] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Tronix)
£3.99 ?
ZX Spectrum
ES
(Cassette)
?Ptas ?
IBM PC compatibles
US
$? ?
IBM PC compatibles
UK
(Tronix)
£9.99 ?




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The home computer versions of Golden Axe were released around late 1990 for the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, IBM PC, and ZX Spectrum.

Development

The Amiga and Atari ST versions were developed simultaneously and were originally based on the Sega Mega Drive version[4]. Realising that the Mega Drive made changes, elements from the arcade version were brought back in to this version[4]

Versions

Commodore 64

The Commodore 64 port was initially released with the final level missing, leading to the game being recalled and replaced with fixed versions[5].

IBM PC

Despite being a selectable graphics option, Hercules support is broken in the IBM PC port of Golden Axe and will only function correctly in certain PC setups. This is due to a coding error, which has subsequently been fixed by the community.

Production credits

Commodore 64 version

  • Music: Jeroen Tel
  • Sound Effects: Charles Deenen
  • Produced by Probe Software Ltd. 1990
  • Graphics, design and programming: Visual F.X. - Steve Crow, Mark Kelly
  • Copyright 1989, 1990 Sega Enterprises Ltd, Virgin Games Ltd, Probe Software Ltd
Source: In-game credits

(Home computer adaptions published by Virgin Games used cover artwork created by Dermot Power).

Magazine articles

Main article: Golden Axe (home computers)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

page=69

Print advert in New Computer Express (UK) #106: "17 November 1990" (1990-11-15)

page=62

Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #109: "December 1990" (1990-11-16)
also published in:

page=141

Print advert in Joystick (FR) #12: "Janvier 1991" (199x-xx-xx)

page=35

Print advert in K (IT) #23: "Dicembre 1990" (1990-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Amiga version

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Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Computer & Video Games (UK)
90
[8]
Joystick (FR)
78
[9]
The One (UK)
90
[10]
Raze (UK)
82
[11]
Svet Kompjutera (YU)
90
[12]
User (GR)
89
[13]
Zero (UK)
83
[14]
Zzap!64 (UK)
78
[15]
Commodore Amiga
85
Based on
8 reviews
Amiga, UK
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Cover
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Disk
Amiga, UK (Tronix)
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Cover

Amstrad CPC version

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Publication Version Score
Amstrad Action (UK)
75
[16]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
69
[8]
Joystick (FR)
76
[17]
Amstrad CPC
73
Based on
3 reviews
Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

Amstrad CPC, UK
(cassette) (Tronix)
GoldenAxe CPC EU Box Cassette Tronix.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe CPC UK Cassette Tronix.jpg
Cart
Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)

GoldenAxe CPC ES Cassette.jpg
Cassette
Amstrad CPC, ES (disk)

Atari ST version

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Computer & Video Games (UK)
91
[18]
Joystick (FR)
84
[17]
Tilt (FR)
80
[19]
Atari ST
85
Based on
3 reviews
Atari ST, UK
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Cover
GoldenAxe AtariST UK Disk1.jpg
Disk 1
GoldenAxe AtariST UK Disk2.jpg
Disk 2
GoldenAxe AtariST UK Manual.pdf
Manual
GoldenAxe AtariST UK Poster.jpg
Poster
Atari ST, UK (Tronix)
GoldenAxe AtariST EU Box Front Tronix.jpg
Cover

Commodore 64 version

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Publication Version Score
C-Lehti (FI)
85
[20]
Your Commodore (UK)
75
[21]
Zzap!64 (UK)
96
[22]
Zzap! (IT)
96
[23]
Commodore 64
88
Based on
4 reviews
Commodore 64, US
GoldenAxe C64 US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Commodore 64, UK
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Cover
Golden Axe C64 EU Cassette.jpg
Cassette
Commodore 64, UK (Tronix)
GoldenAxe C64 EU Box Tronix.jpg
Cover
Commodore 64, ES (cassette)
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Cover
GoldenAxe C64 ES Cassette.jpg
Cassette

IBM PC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 [24]
IBM PC compatibles
90
Based on
1 review

IBM PC, US
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Cover
IBM PC, UK (Tronix)
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Cover
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Disk

ZX Spectrum version

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Crash (UK)
76
[25]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
65
[8]
Sinclair User (UK)
71
[26]
Your Sinclair (UK)
91
[27]
ZX Spectrum
76
Based on
4 reviews
ZX Spectrum, UK (cassette)
GoldenAxe Spectrum UK Box Front Cassette.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, UK (disk)
GoldenAxe Spectrum UK Box Front Disk.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, UK (Tronix)
GoldenAxe Spectrum EU Box Tronix.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 ACE, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 165
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Computer & Video Games, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-16), page 124
  3. Commodore Format, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 49
  4. 4.0 4.1 The One, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-28), page 82
  5. Zzap!64, "February 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 36
  6. ACE, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 84
  7. Computer & Video Games, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-15), page 148
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Computer & Video Games, "February 1991" (UK; 1991-01-16), page 64
  9. Joystick, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 306
  10. The One, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-28), page 79
  11. Raze, "February 1991" (UK; 1990-12-20), page 66
  12. Svet Kompjutera, "Januar 1991" (YU; 1991-xx-xx), page 76
  13. User, "Septémvrios 1991" (GR; 1991-0x-xx), page 64
  14. Zero, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-1x-xx), page 50
  15. Zzap!64, "January 1991" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  16. Amstrad Action, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-21), page 57
  17. 17.0 17.1 Joystick, "Janvier 1991" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 169
  18. Computer & Video Games, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-15), page 68
  19. Tilt, "Février 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 71
  20. C-Lehti, "1/91" (FI; 199x-xx-xx), page 54
  21. Your Commodore, "February 1991" (UK; 1991-01-25), page 18
  22. Zzap!64, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 10
  23. Zzap!, "Novembre 1990" (IT; 1990-xx-xx), page 12
  24. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 267
  25. Crash, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-13), page 72
  26. Sinclair User, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-18), page 71
  27. Your Sinclair, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-06), page 16
Golden Axe (home computers)
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Golden Axe series of games
Arcade
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder (1992) | Golden Axe: The Duel (1994) | Golden Axe (slot machine) (2010)
Sega Mega Drive
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe II (1991) | Golden Axe III (1993)
Sega Master System
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe Warrior (1991)
Windows PC
Golden Axe (1990)
LCD handheld game
Electronic Golden Axe (1990)
Sega Game Gear
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (1991)
Sega Saturn
Golden Axe: The Duel (1995)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5: Golden Axe (2003)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008)
iOS
Google Android OS
Golden Axe (2009) | Golden Axe (2017)
Xbox Live Arcade
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe (2012)
Golden Axe related media
Music
Golden Axe The Music (2008) | Golden Axe I & II (2016)
Book
Tatsujin & Golden Axe Attack Manual Book (1990) | Golden Axe (1992) | Golden Axe: Beast Rider Official Strategy Guide (2008) | The Art of Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008)