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The player controls one of three characters in this horizontal-scrolling fighting game that features many different enemies and scenes. Mounted enemies riding dragons, etc. can be knocked off and the players themselves can then ride the creatures.

Golden Axe was produced by Sega in 1989.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Golden Axe was produced include: Excite League, Ufo Senshi Yohko Chan, Tetris (Sega), Scramble Spirits, Power Drift, A.B. Cop, Alex Kidd In The Enchanted Castle, Crack Down, Dynamite Dux, and ESWAT Cyber Police


Name Golden Axe
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1989
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7966
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Sega System 16
Dipswitch Settings

Golden Axe Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Either
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 3 - JumpAttackMagic
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Golden Axe Control Panel Image
Side Art Golden Axe Side Art Image
PCB Golden Axe PCB Image

Game Introduction

There are three different player characters and each of them uses a different kind of magic: Ax Battler, the barbarian uses earth magic Tyris Flare, the amazon uses fire magic and Gilius Thunderhead, the viking dwarf uses lightning magic. Each player character also each has a different weapon: Ax Battler and Tyris Flare both use swords and Gilius Thunderhead uses the Golden Axe.

The object of the game is to find and destroy Death Adder in order to rescue the king and princess whom he had kidnapped. Also, Death Adder killed Ax Battler's mother, Tyris Flare's mother and father and Gilius Thunderhead's brother. So, you must also help each player character avenge the deaths of their loved ones.

Game Play

Each character in the game has a special move that is activated by pressing both Jump and Attack at the same time. Also, double-tapping the joystick right or left will cause the player to charge and smash into opponents.

Once the game has been beaten, the ending will show a view of an arcade where the characters "jump out" of the game, run out of the arcade and down the street.

Golden Axe KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.86 (7 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.00

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.57
Fun (Solo) 3.86
Collector Desire 3.57

Technical Rating: 3.73

Gameplay 4.14
Graphics 3.57
Originality 3.43
Sound/Music 3.43

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Some of the voices used in this game have been taken out of various movies such as Conan the Barbarian, Commando, First Blood and An American Werewolf in London.

One of the mounts in this game is also an enemy in the game Altered Beast.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Golden Axe Census

There are 14,900 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,167 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 322 known instances of this machine owned by Golden Axe collectors who are active members. Of these, 51 of them are original dedicated machines. 63 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 206 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 7 active VAPS members with a Golden Axe machines for sale. There are 14 active VAPS members with a Golden Axe circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 5 active VAPS members currently looking for Golden Axe. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Golden Axe circuit board set.

This game ranks a 70 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): upright

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This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
PinBar 501 17 Ave SW, Calgary AB Canada Arcade (Classic Videogame)
Status: Verified

Focus: Classic Games
Food: Yes
Alcohol: Yes
Payment Method: Coins

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