Golden Axe (1989)

As I work my way through New Japan’s Power Struggle card (I’m around 2 hours in), I figured I should re-blog the next Well-Red Mage review I did for Golden Axe.

As a huge Sega fan, I loved Golden Axe. I would argue most Sega fans do,  I’ve never heard anyone criticize it when discussing Sega and I’d probably say it was in most people’s Mega Drive top ten games list.

I was in Cornwall on holiday when I decided to review Golden Axe. I’d been playing Golden Axe 2 and wondering what how badly it would score on The Well-Red Mage’s 8-Bit review scale…once I’d had that thought, I wondered if I could review the whole series. Sadly that’s just a pipe dream – I have no legal way of playing Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder (Arcade), Golden Axe; The Duel (Saturn) or Golden Axe: Beast Rider (PS3/360) at present.

Hopefully, one day I can complete my reviews of Golden Axe games for the Well-Red Mage. I’ll keep looking at ways to do it as I like reviewing whole series. At least I’ve done the main three games for now…..

The Well-Red Mage


“If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher’s cleaver.”
-Lord Byron

HandheldMage1 “The following is a guest post by the Hopeful Handheld Mage.”

As I sneak away from my handheld post, hoping that the Well-Red Mage doesn’t notice my absence, I’m debating what game to play. The game I’m craving is Golden Axe. Maybe it’s my recent trip to Cornwall, full of beaches, castles, fields, rocks and sea. Maybe it’s because I recently played its (disappointing) sequel. Maybe it’s because I’m a Sega kid who misses the arcades. Maybe because Golden Axe is such a much loved game, to us Europeans anyway.

Those of us who grew up with Sega in the 90’s adored Golden Axe – any conversation I have about the Mega Drive…

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Author: Gary Heneghan

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