Once again, Golden Axe history repeats itself. This time it's on the Game Gear. Death Adder just filched the most powerful blade in the kingdom of Firewood, the Golden Axe. Former Axe hero, Ax Battler, must out-du-el Death Adder before Firewood's burned to the ground.
Hack-'n'-bash fighting and role-playing game elements mix together in Ax Battler.
As in most RPGs, you explore the countryside in a top-down perspective and talk to villagers to gather clues to Adder's secret whereabouts. Then you set off to your next destination (a cave, a maze, or a fortress) to find an item that will help you complete your mission.
Occasionally, a monster jumps you in the wilderness. You must slash or be slashed in a sideview action/arcade fight scene. You jump, duck, swing, and dodge to win the battle. Your reward is a pile of Magic Vases, which you use to cast three types of screenkilling spells.
Like the one-on-one combats, the dungeons are sideview, sword fighting sequences. You must time your jumps and moves with precision to survive.
In the villages, you can engage in deadly training combats to leam new fighting abilities, such as the Jump Swing, the Upper Swing, and the Run and Tackle. You can also recuperate your health at an Inn.
Golden Axe enthusiasts who like fantasy role gaming in small doses will be pleased with Ax Battler. The RPG segments keep the story moving and don't impede the top-notch, traditional, fighting action. The graphics are great by Game Gear standards, and the music and sounds are passable. As for challenge, even unlimited continues and passwords won't stop you from playing 50 hours before Death Adder's final downfall. Final? Well, we'll see. All in all, Ax Battler really cuts it!
- At the start of the game, journey east to the cave. Make this long jump and you'll earn the Bomb, which will blow ooen the oath to the
- Collect up to 33 Vases before braving a dungeon.