Golden Axe (1989)

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Three heroes try to overthrow the evil rule of Death-Adder, who kidnapped and imprisoned the King and his daughter and stole the legendary Golden Axe.


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5 March 2019 | Platypuschow
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| Golden Axe: A franchise that peaked immediatly
Golden Axe was one of many ultra successful popular side scrolling combat games and was essentially a fantasy version of Double Dragon (1987).

Choosing your character out of the dwarf, amazon or barbarian you battled across 8 stages with simple melee attacks and powerful magics.

At the time this was still pretty revolutionary stuff, it looked good, it sounded good and was a very enjoyable title. It's one of those games that people look back on with great fondness but might be a tad blinded by nostalgia.

It was hokey, bit buggy and had a very small array of foes. The game was badly flawed but made up for it with sheer unadulterated charm. Sadly this was not the beginning of a great franchise, the sequels went downhill and it died altogether way before it's time! We've not seen a competent modern one in several console generations.

Despite all this the original Golden Axe is an enjoyable classic, it just came out at a time where there was a lot of very stiff competition.

The Good:

Great charm

Very playable

The Bad:

Hokey combat

Not much variety

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Action | Adventure | Fantasy

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Release Date:

June 1989

Language

English


Country of Origin

Japan

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