Golden Axe gameplay of the Sega Mega Drive

A hugely popular title on the Genesis/MegaDrive with regular reviews at 90% or higher

If side-scrolling hack-and-slash video games were your thing then this is a must play title, even if they are not then this is worth a try.

Definitely in the top 20 games on the Mega Drive


An evil entity known as Death Adder has captured the King and his daughter, and holds them captive. 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 dwarf, Gilius Thunderhead, whose twin brother was killed by the soldiers of Death Adder.
Another is a male barbarian, Ax Battler, looking for revenge for the murder of his mother.
The last is an Amazon warrior, Tyris Flare, whose parents were both killed by Death Adder.


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
The female warrior Tyris casts fire magic.

Each character has a different maximum number of magic bars and varying ranges of attack.

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 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.

If the players take too long to advance, skeleton swordsmen would emerge from the ground.