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Revision as of 07:02, 13 August 2015

For the home computer versions, see Golden Axe (home computers).

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GoldenAxe Title.png
Golden Axe
GoldenAxe iOS icon.png
System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, iOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Network, CD-ROM², Virtual Console, WonderSwan Color, Xbox Live Arcade, Steam
Publisher: Sega,
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
Telenet Japan,
Bandai WonderSwan
Bandai
Developer:
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1989-05 [1] ¥? ?
Arcade
US
1989 $? ?
Arcade
EU
1989 £? ?
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
JP
1990-03 ¥? TJCD0005
Bandai WonderSwan
JP
2001 ¥5,040 with tax ?
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts
Wii Virtual Console
JP
(Arcade)
800pts
Wii Virtual Console
US
(Arcade)
900pts
Wii Virtual Console
EU
(Arcade)
900pts
Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€? ?



Golden Axe (ゴールデンアックス) is a beat-'em-up developed by Sega and released in 1989 for Sega System 16 arcade hardware. The development team was headded by Makoto Uchida, who also led the team behind Altered Beast.

The game was the first in the long-running Golden Axe series. It is said to be heavily inspired by the Conan the Barbarian films, and that the game took roughly one year to make.

Story

The game takes place in the fictional land of Yuria, in which an evil entity known as Death Adder has kidnapped Yuria's King and his daughter, holding them captive in his castle. Perhaps more importantly, Death Adder has stolen the "Golden Axe", a magical emblem of Yuria, and is threatening to destroy it if the people of the land do not accept him as their ruler.

It is up to a band of three heroes to venture to Death Adder's castle and stop him, rescuing the captives, avenge their losses and save the land: Ax Battler, Tyris Flare and Gilius Thunderhead.

Gameplay

Golden Axe supports a maximum of two players. Any character can be selected but both players cannot play as the same character.

The Golden Axe arcade cabinet assigns one button for attacking, another for jumping and a final button for using magic. Using magic will cause all of the enemies on screen to be damaged and effectively acts as crowd control. Each player carries a limited supply of magic (indicated by a meter at the top of the screen) and will use it all at once when the magic button is pressed. More magic can be collected by attacking the short thieves clothed in blue who appear at certain points throughout the game. Green thieves carry life energy, also represented in the HUD.

Golden Axe is also notable for its ability to allow players to ride "beasts", often giving them an offensive advantage at the expense of speed.

Similar to Altered Beast, the ending is less serious and has characters from the game breaking out of the arcade machine and causing havoc in the real world. Most ports replace this ending.

Playable Characters

{{{imagewidths}}} Ax-Battler
Ax Battler is a male barbarian fighting to avenge the murder of his mother. Despite his name he uses a two handed broadsword and carries earth magic. Ax Battler is one of the constants of the series, appearing in most Golden Axe games (including Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe, a game based entirely around him).
{{{imagewidths}}} Gilius-Thunderhead
Tyris Flare is an amazonian woman whose parents were killed by Death Adder. She also uses a sword but carries fire magic.
{{{imagewidths}}} Tyris-Flare
Gilius Thunderhead is a dwarf whose brother was murdered by Death Adder. Gilius is the only character to actually carry an axe, as well as thunder magic.

Stages

GoldenAxe System16 US Stage1.png Stage 1 - Wilderness
GoldenAxe System16 US Stage2.png Bonus Stage 1
GoldenAxe System16 US Stage3.png Stage 2 - Turtle Village
GoldenAxe System16 US Stage4.png Bonus Stage 2
GoldenAxe System16 US Stage5.png Stage 3
GoldenAxe System16 US Stage6.png Bonus Stage 3
GoldenAxe System16 US Stage7.png Stage 4 - Fiend's Path
GoldenAxe System16 US Stage8.png Bonus Stage 4
GoldenAxe System16 US Stage9.png Stage 5 - Death Adder's Castle
GoldenAxe MD US Stage6.png Stage 6 - The Palace Gates
The Mega Drive version of the game adds three more levels. This is the first, which is part of stage 5 in the arcade version.
GoldenAxe MD US Stage7.png Stage 7 - The Dungeon
Also a Mega Drive exclusive.
GoldenAxe MD US Stage8.png Stage 8 - The Battle with Death Adder
Also a Mega Drive exclusive.

Sequels and Re-releases

Golden Axe has been ported to a number of systems over the years, though many cuts were made in the process.

The game has enjoyed many years of success on the Sega Mega Drive, and was used in the early days of the console to advertise the system's power over its then-main rival, the Nintendo Entertainment System. Some levels were shortened, but an extra level was added which includes another boss, "Doom Bringer". Also in this version is a "duel" mode, which allows players to fight a succession of enemies one-on-one.

The Mega Drive version of the game has been included in numerous compilations, such as 6-Pak, Mega Games 2, Mega Games 6 and Mega Games 10. The game has also been emulated and sold in the form of Sega Smash Pack Volume 1, Sega Smash Pack, Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection, Sega Archives from USA Vol. 1 and Sega Mega Drive Classic Collection Volume 1, as well as services such as PlaySega and built-in to numerous consoles by AtGames.

This version was so popular that it got direct sequels in the form of Golden Axe II and Golden Axe III. In the arcades, the "true" sequel is Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder. A Sega Mega-Tech version also exists, which is based on the Mega Drive version, as is the version released for the Wii's Virtual Console service.

The Mega Drive Golden Axe was enhanced for the Sega Mega-CD and delivered as part of Sega Classics Arcade Collection. This version is single-player only, though offers numerous improvements in terms of audio and some graphical tweaks.

The Sega Master System version is also one-player only, forcing you to play as Ax Battler (named "Tarik"). Similar is the CD-ROM² port, which takes a big hit in terms of aesthetics and is only single-player. It was also ported to the WonderSwan Color and as part of Sega Smash Pack for the Game Boy Advance.

Golden Axe was also remade as part of Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5: Golden Axe, and has been brought to Xbox Live Arcade, the PlayStation Network and is available for iOS and other mobile devices.

Production Credits

Mega Drive Version

Software Design: Takosuke, Moto CBX1000, Ham Tak, Waka
Visual Effects: Kyonsy Kyonsy, Cane, Chisuke, Roco
Sound: Nankyoku, Decky, Imocky
Assistant Programmer: S2, Yang Watt, Vinyl Boy
Producer: Kan
Director: Bros 400
Assistant Director: Opa‑Opa
English Messages: Niya, Tsugu
Arcade Game Design: Team Shinobi
Presented by: Sega

Promotional Material

Digital manuals

Physical Scans

System 16 Version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №93, p89
89 №69, p96-97
89 №69, p96/97
90 February 25, 2005
Arcade
87
Based on
4 reviews

System 16, US
System 16, JP

Mega Drive Version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №3/90
96 №2, p100/101
94 №4, p30
95 №101, p98/99
90 September 24, 2005
78
92 №28, p30/31
91 №5, p58
86 №3, p78
85 №1, p64
94 №1, p78[2]
91 №1, p42-44[3]
90
93 №3, p38/39
76
92 №3, p62/63[4]
82 №13, p20/21
80 №23, p53
91 №3, p41[5]
72 №18, p65
85
94 №6, p74
Sega Mega Drive
87
Based on
22 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
GoldenAxe MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)
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Cover
GoldenAxe md us cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Goldenaxe md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU
GoldenAxe MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
GoldenAxe MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Goldenaxe md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, CA
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Cover

Master System Version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89 №33, p63[6]
93 AllGame
90 AllGame
92 №2, p28/29
92 №4, p98
92 №1, p56
89 №100, p90/91
90 30/06/2009
80 №32, p51
90 №4, p40
80 №2/25
92 №1, p133[7]
85 №1, p46/47
88 №4
75 №16, p44
80 №23, p57
76 №25, p40
81 №3, p19[8]
74 №13, p24/25
80
91 2003/4/25
85 №6, p75
Sega Master System
86
Based on
22 reviews

Master System, US
Golden Axe SMS US Box.jpg
Cover
Goldenaxe sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
Golden Axe SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU

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Cart
GoldenAxeSMSAUManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR (cardboard)
Golden Axe SMS BR Cardboard Box.jpg
Cover
Golden Axe SMS BR Cardboard Cart.jpg
Cart
GoldenAxe SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR (clamshell)
Golden Axe SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, KR

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Cart

CD-ROM² Version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
65 №6, p92
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
65
Based on
1 review

CD-ROM², JP
GoldenAxe CDROM2 JP Box Back.jpgGoldenAxe CDROM2 JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Spinecard
Golden Axe PCE CD-ROM2 JP CD.png
Disc
Golden Axe PCE CD-ROM2 JP Manual.PDF
Manual

WonderSwan Color Version

WonderSwan, JP
Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Top.png
GoldenAxe WSC JP Box Back.jpgGolden Axe Wonderswan JP Spine.jpgGoldenAxe WSC JP Box Front.jpgGolden Axe Wonderswan JP Spine2.jpg
Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Bottom.png
Cover
Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Card Back.jpgGoldenAxe WSC JP Cart.jpg
Card
Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Manual.pdf
Manual

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,

GoldenAxe MT Cart.jpg
Cart

External Links


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)