This time we are going to talk to you about a classic of retro video games, we are talking about neither more nor less than the Golden Ax saga.
Its literal translation of the name means ” golden ax .” It is a video game from the SEGA company, created in 1989. Originally it was intended to be played on the arcadeSystem 16 board, but it also had versions on the Master System, Mega Drive, and other game consoles in 1990. Also, in 16 and 8 bit computers.
This video game, due to its resounding success, was once again distributed digitally for Xbox 360 and Play Station 3, for 2007 and 2011, respectively. In these cases, it added the online features as a novelty.
The game is intended to be played in single or two player mode as well.
The Golden Ax genre is beat’em up , which was very popular in the mid-1980s and early 1990s. Mainly within the field of recreational and home consoles.
It is characterized by a medieval setting, or epic fantasy. It has some slightly role-playing elements, but its genre is not this as it is linear. At the same time, it has very little narrative plot and lacks any real “options” when it comes to the development of the adventure. This means that the game does not give the possibility of going to different destinations, places, nor does it have the research factor included in its history, nor does it have the evolution of the characters or abilities to discover from them. In that sense, it is a typically arcade game.
Its main objective is to fight with the weapons that each character has in their power against enemies that appear on the screen and also use elements and magical abilities that each of the main characters have in particular. In this sense, we can have potions, vessels , and with them we can activate the magic option and thus make a spell of greater power to defeat the enemies.
As we already mentioned, Golden Ax is set in the fantastic Middle Ages and in it a very powerful villain known as Death Adder, is terrorizing the locals of the kingdom of Yuria. Also, he just kidnapped the princess and the king.
In this way, we can initially choose between three characters, two of them male and one female, to start our mission against Death Adder and his henchmen. Ax Battler is one of them, a very muscular barbarian with an appearance very similar to the character Conan, or we could also compare him to He-Man.
TyrisFlare is the female option offered by Golden Ax, an Amazon in a red dress and finally there is Gilius Thunderhead, who is a dwarf who uses the ax masterfully, which is golden in the original version of the game, and gives the name to the same.
In that sense, Tyris is the character with the most magic and the most spectacular in the video game, and her main element is fire .
At the same time, Gilius has a much reduced magic , although it stands out for its superior resistance to blows and well-recognized combat abilities, its magical power being lightning.
Finally, Ax is the most balanced character among the three, his element is the earth , and when it comes to his magic and combat abilities, we could define him as a middle point between the other two characters.
In the plot, everyone has a reason to take revenge on the evil Death Adder, who has killed Ax’s mother, both of Tyris’s parents and also Gilius’s brother.
The mechanics of the video game are quite simple. We must move them (always to the right of our screen) and there we will not be bumping into different enemies and in turn the landscape of our screen will change as we move forward.
Keep in mind that innocent people appear from time to time, who are the terrified victims of the kingdom of Yuria . We cannot interact with them, they do not even speak, they only flee from what will later be a battle to the death when our enemies appear on the scene.
The enemies are emerging little by little, gradually , and we must attack them with all our strength. Generally they do not die with a single blow, but we must give them several. And if we use our magic, we can defeat them more quickly. As you can imagine, the difficulty of the game increases as we advance through the screens and pass levels.
There are also small gnomes of different colors that are running around the entire screen with a sack on their backs. Regarding the bonus screens, which occur between battles, these goblins can leave us different materials if we attack them, as well as food, which will make us regain our character’s health.
Dragons and other mythical bird-headed animals also appear in the game , which are usually ridden by enemies as if they were horses. If, when attacking our mounted enemy, we can knock him down and in that case, we will agree to mount those animals, with which our attacks will become stronger and farther away. But keep in mind that once we are hit, we will fall from our mounted beast.