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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Konami

Axelay (SNES)

Axelay (AKA Interstellar Spaceship Axelay or アクスレイ, Akusurei in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling shoot ’em up video game developed by Konami for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1992. Do you want to play the game online? You are in the right place!

The 1990’s was an era where 2D side-scrolling shooters were a staple for any platform. Axelay was one of the few titles that was way ahead of its time introducing features that gave the game a depth often lacking in the genre which at that point in time had begun to become stale.

Shoot ’em up games either move the player’s ship horizontally or vertically. Axelay was unique for having levels that moved in both ways. The level would shift from one perspective to another. This shifting perspective kept players alert.

Axelay Cover Box

Axelay Cover (SNES)

Typically, scrolling-shooters employed a system where players would pick up power ups or bombs to improve their firepower. Axelay was different. Instead of using power ups, completing levels allow players access to a new weapon or bomb. At the beginning of each level players can choose which parts of their arsenal they can take on the battlefield.

The loadout customization is probably the feature that makes Axelay so much fun to play. It added a whole new aspect of strategy to scrolling-shooters. Players can pick and match weapons and upgrades that best suited their play style and weren’t stuck with what the developers put in. The loadout system provides players with some room for creativity and preference in choosing how to go through the game.

Asude from gameplay features, the use of the SNES’ Mode 7 gave the game a feel that no other side-scrolling shooter could produce. Mode 7 is an effect that the SNES is known for, which makes players feel like they’re traversing a spherical world. This gives the game a totally unique feel in terms of gameplay since games of similar title always played on what seemed like a totally flat surface. Mode 7 allowed for some really interesting gameplay and level designs that few games of the genre could match.

In conclusion, this game is a must play game for retro gamers who want to get a taste of what it was like to fly and blow stuff up on the SNES.

Axelay has been ported to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (this version), and Virtual Console.

Axelay - Super Nintendo (SNES)
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