The evil Death Adder has invaded your land, and he has taken the king and princess prisoner. Three mighty warriors step forward to bring the villain to justice. The powerful fighter, Ax Battler, the female amazon, Tyris Flare, and the mighty dwarf, Gilius Thunderhead, will use their weapons and magic to fight their way through enemy hordes. Along the way, they will mount fearsome, fire-spitting beasts to help even the odds. For a different challenge, see how far you can get in Duel mode, where you face off against the forces of Death Adder in twelve different rounds or take on Death Adder Jr. in Beginner mode.
- The SEGA Genesis version of Golden Axe has more levels than the arcade version.
- The warrior hero of Golden Axe starred in his own SEGA Game Gear game called Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe.