This is the first game in the Golden Axe series. For other games in the series see the Golden Axe category.
|System(s)||Arcade, DOS, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64/128, Amstrad CPC, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, TurboGrafx-CD, WonderSwan Color, Tapwave Zodiac, Wii, Xbox 360, Mobile, Windows, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Switch|
|Followed by||Golden Axe II|
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder
|Genre(s)||Beat 'em up|
|Modes||Single player, Multiplayer|
|Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5: Golden Axe|
Golden Axe is a side-scrolling hack-and-slash game released by Sega for arcades in 1989, running on the Sega System 16B arcade hardware. Makoto Uchida was the lead designer of the game, and was also responsible for the creation of the previous year's Altered Beast. The game casts players as one of three warriors who must free the fantastical land of Yuria from the tyrannical rule of Death Adder, who wields the titular Golden Axe.
The game was well received at the time of release, Golden Axe was later converted for play on many different home systems, including Sega's own Mega Drive/Genesis and Master System. The game's success spawned an entire franchise consisting of several sequels and various spin-offs.
Progress is made through the game by fighting through Death Adder's henchmen, including men armed with clubs and maces, skeleton warriors, and knights. Players are able to attack using their weapon, jump and cast spells that hurt all enemies on the screen. The force of this magic depends on the number of "bars" of magic power currently available. The bars are filled by collecting blue "magic potions" attained by kicking little sprites who then drop the potions. These sprites appear during regular levels and during bonus stages in between levels. The male warrior Ax is able to cast earth spells. The dwarf Gilius casts lightning spells and the female warrior Tyris casts fire magic. Each character has a different maximum number of magic bars and varying ranges of attack. If the players take too long to advance, skeleton swordsmen emerge from the ground.
Various steeds known as bizarrians are found in the game. These can be ridden when the enemy rider is knocked off, or if one is found dormant. The least powerful steed is known as the Cockatrice (which also appeared in Altered Beast), which can be used to knock down enemies with a swipe of its tail. The more powerful dragon, which can either shoot fireballs or breathe fire depending on its color scheme, is found later in the game.
In addition to the main quest, some home versions of the game included "duel mode", a survival mode type game that pitted players against increasingly powerful foes in consecutive rounds of play. This mode also featured a two-player one-on-one option.
The land of Yuria is in danger. The evil Death Adder has found the Golden Axe, a magical emblem of the land, and has used its power to capture the royal family and overthrow the land. Each of the heroes has lost a relative to Death Adder; as they begin their journey to avenge their dead a friend, Alex, stumbles bleeding onto the screen, explains what has happened, and is killed by one of Death Adder's henchmen (in most ports this scene is instead depicted through dialogue).
The Mega Drive/Genesis version remained largely faithful to the arcade game, adding a level and a duel mode, along with a new ending.
The IBM PC compatible port released in 1990 is similar to the Mega Drive/Genesis version, but includes a 256 color VGA mode as well as support for EGA, CGA, and Hercules modes. Atari ST and Amiga ports released in late 1990 by Virgin Software are similar to the arcade. The Amiga port is similar to the arcade game, with some palette changes and without parallax scrolling.
Variations of the original game have also been released. The Sega Master System version of the game retells the original story from the perspective of Tarik, a barbarian with resemblances to Ax Battler (much like all the other barbarian in the entire series: Kain Grinder, Stern Blade and Kain Blade). While the game is only one-player, it features all of the levels and magic powers of the arcade version. In Japan, Golden Axe was released by Telenet for the PC Engine CD-ROM in 1990 with high-quality resampled music and cut scenes.
Table of Contents
- Sega Ages Vol. 1 Syukudai ga Tant-R
- Vol. 2 Space Harrier
- Vol. 3 OutRun
- Vol. 4 After Burner II
- Vol. 5 Rouka ni Ichidant-R
- Vol. 6 Fantasy Zone
- Vol. 7 Memorial Selection Vol. 1
- Vol. 8 Columns Arcade Collection
- Vol. 9 Memorial Selection Vol. 2
- Vol. 10 Power Drift
- Vol. 11 Phantasy Star Collection
- Vol. 12 Galaxy Force II
- Vol. 13 I Love Mickey Mouse: Fushigi no Oshiro Daibouken/I Love Donald Duck: Guruzia Ou no Hihou
- Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 1: Phantasy Star Generation: 1
- Vol. 2: Monaco GP
- Vol. 3: Fantasy Zone
- Vol. 4: Space Harrier
- Vol. 5: Golden Axe
- Vol. 6: Ichini no Tant-R to Bonanza Bros.
- Vol. 7: Columns
- Vol. 8: Virtua Racing FlatOut
- Vol. 9: Gain Ground
- Vol. 10: After Burner II
- Vol. 11: Hokuto no Ken
- Vol. 12: Puyo Puyo Tsuu Perfect Set
- Vol. 13: Out Run
- Vol. 14: Alien Syndrome
- Vol. 15: Decathlete Collection
- Vol. 16: Virtua Fighter 2
- Vol. 17: Phantasy Star Generation: 2
- Vol. 18: Dragon Force
- Vol. 19: Fighting Vipers
- Vol. 20: Space Harrier Complete Collection
- Vol. 21: SDI & Quartet: Sega System 16 Collection
- Vol. 22: Advanced Daisenryaku: Deutsch Dengeki Sakusen
- Vol. 23: Sega Memorial Selection
- Vol. 24: Last Bronx - Tokyo Bangaichi
- Vol. 25: Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box
- Vol. 26: Dynamite Deka
- Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon
- Vol. 28: Tetris Collection
- Vol. 29: Monster World Complete Collection
- Vol. 30: Galaxy Force II: Special Extended Edition
- Vol. 31: Cyber Troopers Virtual-On
- Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection
- Vol. 33: Fantasy Zone Complete Collection