Editorial | 11/5/2011 at 6:44 PM

Co-Op Classics Video Edition: R-Type Leo & Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder

From outer space to a brutal fantasy world

Generally, when it's time for a Video Edition of Co-Op Classics, we feature games we've previously covered. As the collection grows, however, we can branch off into other games that haven't been given much coverage on their own. Today, we revisit two entries from classic co-op franchises: the deep space R-Type shmups and the swords and sorcery Golden Axe brawlers.

R-Type Leo

The R-Type series is among the most beloved in the shoot-'em-up genre. Most classic gaming fans are familiar with the series from appearances on home consoles. But R-Type Leo was the first arcade R-Type game featuring co-op. It is a fine example of the series' trademarks: hovering side-arm powerups that can be used as missiles, screens full of bullets and obstacles, enormous "trick" bosses, and an incredible level of difficulty.

Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder

Golden Axe is one of the defining co-op games in history, and was followed by a host of sequels on many different systems. Fours years after its release, the first 32-bit sequel, The Revenge of Death Adder, hit arcades. In addition to a major graphical overhaul, the game included four new characters: a giant (with dwarf Gillius Thunderhead from the original riding on his shoulders), a barbarian, a small elf, and even a female centaur! The game included branching levels and many sub-boss fights as the heroes fought their way to Death Adder's castle.