Video Game Review: Golden Axe (Arcade)

Golden Axe and its sequels were games that just brought me to a really happy place when I was around early middle school age.

These are simple, side scrolling, beat’em games but they aren’t like the Double Dragon, Streets of Rage or Final Fight series. These are sword and sorcery! And you get to pick between a barbarian warrior, a Valkyrie or an axe-wielding dwarf.

You get to smash foes with weapons, ride on fire-breathing dragons and use awesome magic spells to crush your enemies!

Also, the graphics were stellar for their time and the music and sound effects were badass!

Playing it now, it’s still a lot of fun but it’s slower than I remembered and it’s actually pretty short, as it beat it much quicker than I thought I would. Maybe there’s a difference in the length of the game between the Sega Genesis port and the arcade version. I played the Genesis version much more, as I owned it. Maybe I’ll revisit it at a later date to compare.

Still, this was a lot of fun and it’s a game that’s held up well, even if it’s some archaic 16-bit “smash your enemies” adventure.

Rating: 7.5/10
Pairs well with: the other Golden Axe games, as well as the Gauntlet series and other sword and sorcery video games of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras.

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