At one moment you're a student at Greenville High School when suddenly you're wisked away to a violent world filled with monsters and beasts beyond imagination. With a fairy as a guide, you must battle your way through these deadly lands to reach the Boss guardians who stand between you and an evil Lord out to capture the powers of the beautiful Princess he has imprisoned. A variety of scrolling backgrounds, weapons, power-ups and more await you during your journey.
Astyanax seems to be inspired by the Turbo title, The Legendary Axe, but comes no where near as close as its namesake in the areas of control and execution. Well drawn backgrounds and intermissions add to the game, but the poor movement detracts from the well-intentioned play concepts.
Astyanax didn't impress me much at all. While its heart is in the right place, the game just doesn't play or move well. The backgrounds are detailed in some areas and the cinemascope intermissions are O.K., but that doesn't make up for the game's lack of appeal or fun.
This game tries to incorporate the Legendary Axe style of playing and powering-up into an NES game and only succeeds marginally. The graphics are decent, and there's a lot of different weapons and power-ups to retrieve, but the game simply doesn't capture the same appeal.
Astyanax simply doesn't deliver what it intends to. All of the elements are there, including side-scrolling action, detailed gra-phic/text intermissions, and mean Boss characters. The biggest problem is in the game controls, which are sluggish and ineffective. Strictly average gaming here.
- Manufacturer: JALECO
You're a mystical warrior in this Legendary Axe-like game. Try your skill against horrible demons and beasties as you make your way through colorful backgrounds.
Astyanax is an adventure game for the Nintendo Entertainment System released in Japan in 1989 and elsewhere in 1990. Another game called The Astyanax was also released in arcades, and gameplay was very similar. Both the NES and arcade versions were known in Japan as Lord of King.
Astyanax is a side-scrolling platform game. The controls are fairly simple: the A Button makes Astyanax jump, the B Button will attack with an axe called Bash, and a combination of up and attack will perform a special magic attack. The game also contains a few role-playing elements, such as weapons upgrades. It had a unique feature (for the time) of a bar that grows between attacks; the length of the bar determines how much damage Astyanax will do with his next attack. If one attacks rapidly, one's hits will do little damage, much unlike most games where a rapid succession of hits would all be equally damaging. A very similar system would be used in Secret of Mana some years later.
Most of the sprites are unusually large and detailed for a mid-generation NES game, although this results in slowdown, flicker, and some questionable hit detection. The hit detection, object size and game physics make falling in pits a particularly high risk if hit when jumping.
The levels are both vertically and horizontally scrolling (but never a combination.) Their structures are simple 16x16 blocks, which allowed an editor called "AstyEd" to be used with emulation to make mods of the game.