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Title: Golden Axe
Author:Sega
Rom Player: MAME
Reviewer: Uncle Meat

Synopsis: We all remember crowding around a machine with a crowd of friends and strangers, taking turns dumping quarters into a machine, three lucky children at a time. Golden Axe is such a game. There are others, no doubt, and others that are at least as well loved, such as X-Men, the Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and countless others. Golden Axe stands out, though.
As a woman with some knives, a giant, muscular swordsman, or a bearded dwarf with a golden axe, you travel through an world peopled with funny beaked creatures, things holding clubs, giants with axes, and dragons. Your ultimate end, though, is to defeat your archenemy, Death=Adder. (I don't know why it is an equal sign either.)
I suppose it's time for gameplay. A joystick and three buttons are all you are provided with. One for jumping, one for swinging whatever you are holding, throwing people, and hitting them over the head, and one for casting spells. Spells use little blue bottles, which are obtained by kicking gnomes.
The graphics could be drawn millions of times over by a decent computer today, but this was the '80s, when computers were weaker and imagination was required. I enjoy them.
So, that is Golden Axe. Go out and play it. Just as "El Mariachi" proves that a movie can be made only with a great story and great actors, Golden Axe proves that you really only need great gameplay, a sense of fun, and adequate graphics for an amazing time.

Best Cheats: None

Game Play: 8
Graphics: 6
Music/Sound: 4
Originality: 9
Overall Rating: 10



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