Golden Axe (1989) – Video Game Review

So this one is not your traditional video game that I would review on this website… I generally try to avoid reviewing anything other than the horror and science fiction genre… But some times there is that other genre type of thing that connects to horror or science fiction or both that I find to be very well worth it!

For example, Men In Black (1997) would be worth it because it is both a Scifi and  a comedy… And in my opinion, Golden Axe is a great 2D Fantasy/Horror video game that deserves to be reviewed!

Originally developed for the arcade back in the late 80s for the Sega System 16, by Sega AM1.

This video game takes place in the fictional land of Yuria, a Conan the Barbarian-style high fantasy medieval world. An evil entity known as Death Adder has captured the King and his daughter, and holds them captive in their castle. He also finds the Golden Axe, the magical emblem of Yuria, and threatens to destroy both the axe and the royal family unless the people of Yuria accept him as their ruler. Three warriors set out on a quest to rescue Yuria and avenge their losses at the hands of Death Adder. The first is a battle axe-wielding dwarf, Gilius Thunderhead, from the mines of Wolud, whose twin brother was killed by the soldiers of Death Adder. Another is a male barbarian, Ax Battler, wielding a two-handed broadsword, looking for revenge for the murder of his mother. The last is a longsword-wielding Tyris Flare, an amazon whose parents were both killed by Death Adder.

The warriors rescue the inhabitants of the ransacked Turtle Village, which turns out to be situated on the shell of a giant turtle. The turtle takes the characters across the sea, and they then fly to the castle itself on the back of a giant eagle. Once at the castle they defeat Death Adder, who is wielding the Golden Axe, and save the land. In the Mega Drive and PC versions, and also in other ports, the characters also battle Death Adder’s mentor, Death Bringer, as the true final boss. After the final battle, the warriors receive a magical golden axe that imbues the player with immortality.

Now this game also was very impressive because its sound track and sound effects were truly awesome! And the game play… While being extremely hard… Was that level of exhaustion that made you almost need to play more and feel that sense of accomplishment when you finally beat it!

Now I know this game is old… But if you have a chance to play it, I highly recommend doing so! It is a ton of fun, even for 2D game… And the sense of accomplishment when you finally beat it, is so well worth it!