Here is the seed by which everything else was grown. A person was hard
not to stumble across Golden Axe in an arcade in the late 80s. Playing by
yourself or with a partner, you hacked, chopped, and kicked your way through
your enemies on the way to Death Adder himself. Along the way you could
hitch a ride on the back of dragon/chicken type creatures and lay waste to all
who opposed you.
In this initial game we meet some of the characters who would carry through
to the end. Gilius Thunderhead, armed with green tunic and ax, joined Ax
Battler and Tyris Flare in search of Death Adder--who only recently kidnapped the
princess and king. But it is not for adventure alone that our heroes
journey along the path--but revenge! Death Adder killed Gilius' brother,
Tyris' parents, and Ax's mother.
The heroes were not only armed with their weapons, but powerful magic. Ax
used Earth magic, Gilius used lightning, and Tyris used fire. Their magic
varied in power based on the number of "Magic Pots" they collected
along the way.
- Aside from introducing the heroes and fighting style that carried through
the rest of the series, Golden Axe brought about several other
"evolutions" in game play. Stealing the mounts of your enemy
added an entirely different balance of game play--and in-fighting among
competing players. The chicken/dragon/fish and its whirling tail of
mild discomfort seemed the most numerous, and the fire breathing dragon the
- Similar claims can be made for the Magic Pots that were as precious as
gold itself. The warrior who held the potions, held the power.
- Upon beating the game, the "end credits" held a special
surprise. The shot pulled back to show the Golden Axe game itself
sitting in an arcade. Each of the characters from the game burst from
the machine. The final scene shows the characters running from the
arcade and into the street.
- A person not caring about copyright laws can easily find a down-loadable
copy of the original Golden Axe on the internet. And if you are truly
a purist, even easier to find are the original Golden Axe cabinets
- Steve S. wrote in to point out "A strange thing happened recently at a friends place. There I was
watching the movie 'First Blood' with Stalone, and all of a sudden,
sounds drew in memories of the great Golden Axe arcade game, notably the death
cry of the man falling from the chopper, and a few others. I would
almost bet that some of these sound bites were actually taken from the movie
and put in the game, or vice versa. Perhaps you would like to watch the movie
yourself and check it out." And when I did check it out, he was right.
For movies of all the action, jump to the
Game movies section.
to the pictures