Golden Axe Warrior review - Sega Master System

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The evil Death Adder has returned (although the instructions assure us he's had his name changed to Blackadder - in which case where's Baldrick?). This time he's twice as mean, twice as nasty and he's got hold of the nine magical crystals that once protected our fair and pleasant land. Now they're being used against the kingdom. The peasants are repressed and Death Adder's minions roam the country.

As a brave hero and champion of the righteous, you decide to take on the hideous might of Death Adder's empire. But unlike this game's predecessor you don't carry out your task by beating up evil minions on a horizontally scrolling playfield. Golden Axe Warrior is a flick screen role-playing game, boasting over 200 screens of non-stop RPG excitement!

What the Mean Machines staff thought


" Urrr! Golden Axe was a brilliant Sega cart, but the idea to turn the concept into a role-playing game is simply a bad idea. I can imagine many people buying this game with the idea that they're getting a sequel to the best beat 'em up on the Sega. They're not. What they are getting is one of the most boring games I've played on the Sega lately. The adventuring aspect is tedious and progress is hampered by the absurd combat section - it's simply too hard and stabbing at a number of malformed sprites isn't my idea of fun by a long chalk. With its mind-numbing sound and tedious gameplay, I find it hard to recommend this to any self-respecting Sega owner. "

" Don't be misled by the "Golden Axe" in the title of this game, because this has got absolutely nothing in common with Golden axe, the brilliant beat 'em up conversion. Golden Axe Warrior is a tedious role playing game with very little action. It starts out with promise, but unfortunately the rather unexciting gameplay - there are long periods where you have little to do - coupled with the awkward combat sequences make for a game that doesn't take long before it gets very dull. Some role playing fans might find some fun in there, but there are plenty of better games of this type - try Y's or Lord of the Sword instead. Arcade fans should steer well clear. "


Overall Score46%

Retrospective comments


The Mean Machines crew didn't seem to like the idea of turning Golden Axe into an RPG, but Sega were actually ahead of their time with this concept - since then, several key companies have given their franchises the role-playing makeover, most notably SNK's Samurai Showdown/Spirits. However, the MM team were spot-on with their critical appraisal of this game. It's a mess.

Sega were clearly trying to mimic Zelda, and the graphical style is very similar. The superior graphical muscle of the Master System is used to good effect and as a result this eclipses Zelda on the NES in terms of visuals. However, the game is too clunky, the combat is too annoying and the quest just isn't interesting enough. There are far better RPGs on the Master System, including Y's: Vanished Omens, Golvellius and Wonderboy: The Dragon's Trap. Avoid this one, even if you are a massive fan of the Golden Axe series.

Christian - 09 Mar 2008, 22:34 GMT

One of my favorite games on the Sega mastersystem..
Spent many hours playing this game..

Hello - 01 Jul 2008, 12:23 GMT

This game is a must! Don't say that it is a bad game, but you should say that it is too intellectual for you!
This game is amazing and very good, I just love it.
I first played it like 16years ago, and I played again last month and finished it. I LOVE IT!

Darren - 04 Jul 2008, 19:56 GMT

This is by far one of the greatest Sega Mastersystem games EVER! Many Many Happy hours spend playing this game. Just finished playing it again 10 years on and it still kicks a$$

star - 01 Nov 2008, 04:53 GMT

I don't understand these reviews sometimes, I have the exact opposite feeling for this Sega gem. Sure that it's like Zelda and other similar overhead action adventure games of the 80's and 8-bit era. Most of these types of games are very well developed and fun for long hours to play.

butane bob - 10 Nov 2008, 08:31 GMT

This is probably the only accurate review online for this game.

John - 27 Mar 2010, 09:28 GMT

This game is excellent. Criticizing this game would be like criticizing Zelda for the NES, since the two games are very similar. The only real criticism you can make is that it is a rip off of Zelda, but considering Nintendo's rules at the time preventing third-party companies from producing games for other systems when they were making games for nintendo, you can argue that it was perfectly fair for Sega to go ahead and make their own versions of Nintendo games - except with better graphics and sound.

t-lor - 24 Jun 2010, 18:56 GMT

Man this game was awesome !!!!!!!
It didnt have massice character build and stuf like a real rpg.
It was more a zelda clone, but a damm good one !!!!!

I spend many a afternoon trying all screens for secrets !!

Francisco - 21 Aug 2010, 00:17 GMT

This is an awesome RPG, and one of the best 8-bit games ever. It was my first RPG and I still love it.

michael larkin - 21 Aug 2010, 07:03 GMT

a very good game. similar gameplay to zelda and shining force, but i prefer these two games over this one. is much much better than axe battler on the game gear too. is free with the megadrive ultimate collection on 360 and ps3 which is a bonus!! 7.5/10

Nick Nuzmichev - 23 Feb 2011, 12:31 GMT

A great game. Don't understand this review. The greatest game for sega, even better than alex kidd, I think... I was playing it something like in 4 years old, in 1998, but completed it just last week :) One of the first games I've ever played...

mike kishii - 30 Aug 2011, 22:40 GMT

It's obvious that the author of this review didn't actually play the game, not for more than 5 minutes anyway.
Any difficulty in the game came from trying to battle your way through lands before your character was strong enough to tackle the enemies there. Hacking at the those bushes and finding a trapdoor was just pure magic
Y's The Vanished Omens was also a great RPG, but Wonder Boy in Monster Land' was better than 'Wonder Boy; The Dragon's Trap'. Aaah, those were the days, eh ;)

J. - 06 Nov 2011, 20:19 GMT

My favourite Master System game. I got 4 years to finish it... i don't agree a single word of the three reviews above

Dan - 13 Jan 2013, 15:25 GMT

Starts out promising, but quickly becomes too hard because the range of your weapons is tiny and speed of the game is absurd, making it very hard to control. Then you get some shoes to make you go faster...

Mean Machines Issue 7 - April 1991
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