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How to play Golden Axe

This game can use keyboard/mouse or joystick... I highly recommend using joystick, you can select it from the options menu once in the game. if you need to calibrate the joystick ( Which you shouldn't have to, player 1 is the F4 Key and Player 2 is the F5 key. At the password screen, you can type any random letters on the keyboard and press the Enter key to continue in the game.

Golden Axe Description

Progress is made through the game by fighting through Death Adder's henchmen, including men armed with clubs and maces, skeleton warriors, and knights. Players are able to attack using their weapon, jump and cast spells that hurt all enemies on the screen. The force of this magic depends on the number of "bars" of magic power currently available. The bars are filled by collecting blue "magic potions" attained by kicking little sprites who then drop the potions. These sprites appear during regular levels and during bonus stages in between levels. The male warrior Ax is able to cast earth spells. The dwarf Gilius casts lightning spells and the female warrior Tyris casts fire magic. Each character has a different number of maximum magic bars and varying ranges of attack.

Various steeds known as bizarrians are found in the game. These can be ridden when the enemy rider is knocked off, or if one is found dormant. The least powerful steed is known as the Cockatrice (which also appeared in Altered Beast), which can be used to knock down enemies with a swipe of its tail. The more powerful dragon, which can either shoot fireballs or breathe fire, is found later in the game.

In addition to the main quest, some home versions of the game included "duel mode", a survival mode type game that pitted players against increasingly powerful foes in consecutive rounds of play. This mode also featured a two-player one-on-one option.

Cheats/Hints/Walkthroughs for Golden Axe

Level Select

After choosing a character, press and hold a number key on the top row (not the number pad) between 1 and 8 to begin on that stage, then release when the level finishes loading. In The Duel this will take you to the round with that number.
Play as enemies
DWARF.SPR Gilius Thunderhead
HERO.SPR Ax Battler)
AMAZON.SPR Tyris Flare
GTHIEF.SPR Green Thief
BIGGUY.SPR Bad Brother
DEATH.SPR Death Adder

Some abandonware sites distribute a cracked version known as "Super Golden Axe". This version includes a batch file that allows you to play as various enemies. This trick works with any MS-DOS version, however. The files are listed to the right.

Simply swapping a playable sprite for an enemy sprite makes that enemy replace that character completely. Since this was never an intended game feature there are some snags: enemies have no magic, and can't use attacks they don't normally have. They will also change color as differently-colored enemies of the same type approach, and their palettes corrupt entirely on levels they do not appear on. The Thieves also have their usual "wander" behavior when a direction is pushed.

Of particular interest:

The Amazon and Bad Brother can cast magic, other enemies cannot.
The bizarrians are invulnerable (except for falling off cliffs). Thus they may be seen as a form of "infinite health" cheat, as the MS-DOS version has no such cheat built-in. However, the dragons will not be able to use their fireball or fire attack, leaving dash attacks as the only offensive option. The chicken leg, however, not only can swipe enemies with its tail, but due to a weird glitch will damage enemies just by touching them.

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Golden Axe - Poster Art