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Golden Axe (home computers)

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Golden Axe
System(s): Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, IBM PC, ZX Spectrum
Publisher: Virgin Games
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 ?
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 versionMore...[3]. Realising that the Mega Drive made changes, elements from the arcade version were brought back in to this versionMore...[3]

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[4].

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

CVG UK 109.pdfCVG UK 109.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #109: "December 1990" (1990-11-16)
also published in:
  • ACE (UK) #40: "January 1991" (199x-xx-xx)[5]
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #110: "January 1991" (1990-12-15)[6]

Joystick FR 012.pdf

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

K IT 23.pdf

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

Physical scans

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №111, p64[7]
78 №11, p306
90 №27, p79-82
82 №4, p66[8]
78 №69, p92[9]
Commodore Amiga
84
Based on
5 reviews

Amiga, UK
GoldenAxe Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe Amiga UK Disk.jpg
Disk
Amiga, UK (Tronix)
GoldenAxe Amiga UK Box Back Tronix.jpgNospine-small.pngGoldenAxe Amiga UK Box Front Tronix.jpg
Cover

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №66, p57[10]
69 №111, p64[7]
76 №12, p169[11]
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)

Amstrad CPC, ES (disk)

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №110, p106-108[12]
84 №12, p169[11]
80 №87, p71[13]
Atari ST
85
Based on
3 reviews

Atari ST, UK
GoldenAxe AtariST UK Box Back.jpgNospine.pngGoldenAxe AtariST UK Box Front.jpg
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

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №76, p18[14]
96 №67, p10/11[15]
96 №50, p12/13[16]
Commodore 64
89
Based on
3 reviews

Commodore 64, US
GoldenAxe C64 US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Commodore 64, UK
Golden Axe C64 EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngGolden Axe C64 EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Golden Axe C64 EU Cassette.jpg
Cassette
Commodore 64, UK (Tronix)
GoldenAxe C64 EU Box Tronix.jpg
Cover

DOS version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №18, p267[17]
IBM PC compatibles
90
Based on
1 review

DOS, US
GoldenAxe DOS US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngGoldenAxe DOS US Box Front.jpg
Cover
DOS, UK (Tronix)
GoldenAxe DOS UK Box Back Tronix.jpgNospine-small.pngGoldenAxe DOS UK Box Front Tronix.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe DOS UK Disk Tronix.jpg
Disk

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
65 №111, p64[7]
76 №84, p72[18]
71 №106, p71[19]
91 №61, p16[20]
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

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)
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
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