I couldn’t get my arcade version of Golden Axe II to play on my RetroPie, so I jumped to this one, which was next in the chronology of Golden Axe arcade releases. I will go back and play Golden Axe II (and III), when I finish up the arcade releases and then start working through the Sega Genesis ones.
As much as the first Golden Axe is my favorite due to nostalgia and how it effected me, as a kid, this one is a pretty cool, expanded version of what they did with the original game.
In this installment, there are more character options. I tend to just stick to the standard barbarian character but the pitchfork guy was an interesting addition, as was the centaur lady, who replaced the Valkyrie character from previous games.
Also, this game has multiple paths to the end. In this, you get to choose which roads you want to take at a few different points. There are also extra rooms to explore in some areas.
The gameplay is essentially the same. However, there are more things you can ride from creatures to powerful, mobile weapons.
This is also a longer game than the original, which I thought ended rather quickly.
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder is probably the most refined game of the series up to its release. It also has the most options and allows you to have more choices between characters and and where to go.
All in all, this is a solid edition to the series that didn’t just give you more of the same with a few new levels and baddies.
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.