5 out of 5
The 16 bit barbarian that we all wanted to be like!
Rahan, the superhero of the wild beasts, clad in leopard skins has scarred a lot of enemies and a lot of children who were exposed to its barbarism ahead of their time. But, nonetheless, the character was much loved, and thus, a similar themed game, with barbarians oozing masculinity was conceived by Sega, and released in the form of a sidescroller, beat them up, fight them up and go ape wizard style on them depending on what option you find better. Therefore, Golden Axe is fondly remember as a bit of a hybrid, best described as a cabinet era sidescroller with bits of RPG here and there, for good measure. Graphically, it was undeniably Sega, very colorful, not the most graphically detailed, but having that feel that it was a game took by force out of a comic book! I, for once loved it, and I can attest that it is a mighty playable game, with diverse gameplay, depending on whom you choose you play with, not as hard as you would think, and also not as dumb as some others would think! Really worth a go, if you love things like Hammerin Harry
or other very arcadey let to righters.
5 out of 5
Ported from console to PC
Golden Axe is one of the best beat'em up games for the DOS system. The graphics are fantastic for it's time, top notch sound effects. The story: an evil warrior, know as Death Adder, has taken over the kingdom and it's your job to take him down and free the people. The game shows a lot of creative levels like Turtle Village, which is a village situate on the shell of a giand turtle. At the beggining of the game, you have a choice of three characters: a dwarf, a barbarian and an amazon. Each play differently, due to ther special abbilities. Progress in the game is made by defeating Death Adder's minions. There are some gnomes in each level, who will drop potions when hit, used for charging up your special ability, the more you collect the better. You can even ride some creatures in the game, like a dragon, which help a lot to defeat the enemies on screen.