Golden Axe 2
Gilius Thunderhead splits some wigs in this Genesis classic.
Sega's released a variety of 16-bit Genesis games on the App Store, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage 2 and the original Golden Axe. Now comes the sequel, aptly titled Golden Axe 2. Despite its short length, this classic offers a few hours of 2D hack and slash fun.
The game picks up a few years after the prequel, in a medieval inspired world plagued by an evil clan called Dark Guld. You select one of three warriors (Ax Battler, Tyris Flare and Gilius Thunderhead), then set off the vanquish whatever monsters get in your way.
That's essentially the gist of it. Sega didn't try to reinvent the proverbial wheel with Golden Axe 2. As such, it's your typical side scrolling and mindless action game, with the option to cast three different magic attacks (one for each hero), ride a handful of beasts and pick up/throw bad guys.
With this in mind, it's a good but shallow experience. Expect cheap creatures to whittle away at your character's life bar, and different variations of the same enemies (pink/white skeletons, for example).
On that note, you can blow through the seven levels solo, or involve a friend via Bluetooth. Just keep in mind that the game's significantly easier with a buddy, and once you beat Golden Axe 2, there's little else to see, aside from using the other two heroes.
For that reason, the game's a tough sell at $2.99, which seems to be standard price for new Genesis titles; the original sells for $0.99. Buy it if you appreciate old school hits and need a dose of nostalgia. Otherwise, wait for the inevitable price drop.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
What's Hot: Fun hack and slash play, three heroes to choose from, Bluetooth support.
What's Not: Too short, costs $2.99.