Battle Axe

Rating Summary

Based on 21 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

40%

Critics Recommend

Based on 21 critic reviews
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85 / 100
Apr 26, 2021

Battle Ax is the latest game from a small company that seems to have had a taste for bringing us flavors of the past, and it does so with mastery. It fulfills all its characteristics: visual, sound, playable, direct and uncomplicated, and short but very replayable. A game that a lover of the genre cannot miss.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2021

Had Battle Axe initially released as a playable arcade cabinet title during my younger years, it’s a safe assumption that I would’ve blown through my allowance like there was no tomorrow.

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59 / 100
Apr 27, 2021

Battle Axe is one hell of a great-looking retro game but that impressive first impression quickly vanishes when you start playing it. The challenging gameplay misses some fresh ideas and the combat lacks depth and tactical possibilities. Battle Axe remains a fun experience but never really becomes something that stands out, except the exquisite visuals of course.

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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2021

Battle Ax manages to enchant with its intuitive gameplay and retro aesthetics, displaying combats that will especially please fans of arcade and hack and slash. In the company of Fae, Iolo and Rooney, the journey through Mercia is exciting and fun, even if the duration of the main campaign is not as extensive or improved as the other attributes of the title.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2021

Battle Axe manages to communicate with the language of a nostalgic era in which video games were simple and uncompromising, with a cliché adventure that already does more than enough to provide electronic entertainment. Its presentation in pixel art, sounds and music easily transport us to a time when our only goal was just to end the game with an invitation to play all over again. It lives up to the term 'Nostalgic'.

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6 / 10.0
May 5, 2021

"Battle Axe" is an axe game without an axe. The high-quality pixel graphics and classic-sensory background music stand out, but the lack of volume for the price is disappointing.

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Unscored
May 6, 2021

A very entertaining game with a great handicap, its high difficulty. Recomended for lovers of retro arcades, a game that remeber the iconic Gauntlet, an entertaining game with great graphics and sound that will delight both lovers of retro and challenges.

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4 / 10.0
May 15, 2021

Battle Axe is a game that contains around 40 minutes of unique content and struggles to keep its gameplay interesting for even half that. It’s boring, repetitive, short, and uninspired. It also comes with a shockingly high entry fee of £25 (or $30 USD), which is beyond egregious for the amount, and quality, of the content on offer. Visuals, controls, music, and big-named contributors are not enough to save Battle Axe from crushing mediocrity.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2021

There’s fun to be had playing Battle Axe, but it can feel like a case of style over substance at times thanks to some repetitive gameplay. There’s just not a whole lot of variety to be found in the game, which is something that becomes more apparent after re-playing the levels of its short campaign – something you’ll do a lot of thanks to how tough the game can be. Still, there are moments where Battle Axe can shine, especially in multiplayer where it feels a bit more thrilling clearing levels. It looks absolutely outstanding too, with the 16-bit style visuals some of the best I’ve seen for some time. I just wish that the game did a little bit more to keep me invested in the adventure. It’s not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, but Battle Axe doesn’t offer enough to make it feel like essential playing.

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8 / 10
Apr 22, 2021

A great addition to anyone's Switch catalogue, Battle Axe provides some neat pick-up-and-play value with an Infinite mode accompanying the standard story fare. In tandem, these modes are perfect for coping with the daily commute with some bashing and slashing and are backed by a fantastic soundtrack and gorgeous retro art style. Although it has a savagely brutal difficulty curve for the young'uns (as well as older folk who don't have the reaction times they once did), Battle Axe is a decent conversion full of nostalgic fun.

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