Golden Axe Returns: A Stunning Fanmade Comeback for an Arcade Classic

Golden Axe Returns: A Stunning Fanmade Comeback for an Arcade Classic

Last Updated on January 27, 2023

Golden Axe Returns proves there is life in the franchise yet…

Golden Axe is a beloved Sega franchise that never seemed to garner the same love that Streets of Rage did. Eventually, Streets of Rage got a phenomenal modern sequel in Streets of Rage 4. Sadly, it’s unlikely Golden Axe will get the same treatment anytime soon.

Fortunately, it doesn’t need to! A superb fanmade title called Golden Axe Returns has just come out and is free to download and play. You can check it out for yourself here

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This game starts right where Golden Axe 3 left off and offers a wide array of characters to pick from. It’s a blast from the past and is sure to please fans of the series and genre.

Golden Axe Returns was made by Zvitor using OpenBor, a specialized engine for 2D side-scrolling games like beat em’ ups and space shooters. Zvitor is known for their Mugen characters (Mugen is a 2d fighting game engine) but has made quite the library of full games too. They are all available to download here.

Right now, the manual for Golden Axe Returns is just a blank square. Fortunately, you’re thrust into a training area when you start the game, and it’s easy enough to work out the controls and start slaying every baddie in sight.

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