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North American box art.

ActRaiser is multi-genre video game with a fantasy theme developed by Quintet and published by Enix on 1990-12-16. The game has two modes, one section plays as a real-time strategy where you build a city while fighting monsters, the other mode is a platformer hack-and-slash. A sequel was made a couple years later called ActRaiser 2.


I never played the game when it came out, but I saw it highly ranked online and decided to try it out. I took awhile to get the boss battles down, but I eventually beat the game, enjoying it quite a bit.


I own this game, have beaten it on standard difficulty.


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Best Version: SNES

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  • Over all, the game has good graphics, nice music, and is fun to play.
  • It's always a gamble making a multi-genre game, but I enjoyed both modes in ActRaiser. The strategy portion was a bit too easy for my tastes, but fun, and the platformer portion was more interesting and challenging.
  • The use of very large sprites really helps remind you that you're no longer playing and 8-bit game.
  • The suped-up boss rush at the end is difficult, but quite enjoyable.


  • The game is painfully scripted. For a fantasy game, there is very little adventure.


  • Nothing.


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Review, SNES Works.


Language Native Transliteration Translation
English ActRaiser
Japanese アクトレイザー Akutoreiza ActRaiser


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