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Golden Axe

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Golden Axe
System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, iPhone, J2ME/BREW, Tapwave Zodiac, TurboGrafx-CD, Virtual Console, WonderSwan Color, Xbox Live Arcade, ZX Spectrum
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Number of players: 1-2

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

Golden Axe was subsequently ported to a wide variety of home consoles, such as the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System. It was later rereleased as part of 6-Pak and remade for the Sega Smash Pack compilation for the Game Boy Advance and Sega PC Smash Pack for PC.

Story

Death Adder has kidnapped the royal family, and it is up to a band of three heroes to stop him, get revenge for past crimes he committed to them, and save the land.

Gameplay

You play as one of three soldiers: Ax Battler the Barbarian, who (despite his name) uses a sword and carries earth magic and is fighting to avenge the murder of his mother, Tyris Flare the Amazon, who uses a sword and carries fire magic and is fighting to avenge the murder of both her parents, and Gilius Thunderhead the Dwarf, who uses an axe and carries thunder magic and is fighting to avenge the murder of his brother.

All three use their magic with A, use their weapon with B, and jumps with C (pressing B in midair does a midair attack). 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 A is pressed. More magic can be collected by attacking the short Thieves clothed in blue who appear at certain points throughout the levels and after each level in a separate screen. Green Thieves carry life energy.

Ports

Console ports added an extra level and a "Duel" mode, which allows players to battle each other in a field.

Production Credits

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: Kanako Kohyama
Director: BROS400
Assistant Director: Opa‑Opa
English Translation: Niya, Tsugu

Manuals

Mega Drive Version


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Physical Scans

System 16 Version

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Mega Drive Version

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Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)
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Master System Version

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Amiga Version

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Commodore 64 Version

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TurboGrafx-CD Version

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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)