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Axiom Verge (2015) is a series of running, jumping and fighting games where you play as Trace, a scientist who wakes up in an unknown ancient world. It's similar to retro games like Metroid and Contra where you explore levels, collect items and progress your character. As you defeat enemies and bosses you earn new abilities and upgrading your arsenal. It's unusual because of the flexible way you can use your powers to solve puzzles and defeat enemies to progress.

It has an intricate level design with different biomes to explore. Some areas are blocked and can only be accessed with the required ability -- smashing through a banner for example. There are over 60 items and power-ups to discover, each with particular uses for different battles.

Axiom Verge poses a considerable challenge. Boss battles, swarms of enemies or obstacles can be take time and effort to progress. However, this adds to the satisfaction when you beat a level you've been stuck on for a long time. The well-written story helps pull you through with believable characters and hostile environments.

Our examiner, Thom Robertson, first checked Axiom Verge 2 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 22 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Collecting, Puzzle, Role-Play and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing and Moderate Violence. The player’s character can be armed with a variety of futuristic weapons, all of which are capable of killing, with degrees of rapidity, all enemies encountered. The enemies are fantasy characters of varying design and sizes, and when shot they will explode into bits. This is masked by a large cloud of blood effects and sparkling lights. When the player's character is killed, it will respawn and the level will recommence.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language. using a blaster-like gun to shoot fantastical creatures (e.g., giant squids, insects, worms) and bosses. One level contains human-like ghouls that shriek as they run towards the player. Enemies explode into particles and pixels when defeated. The words “damned” and “hell” appear in the dialogue.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. This is a challenging game that is quite hard from the start. You need good resilience along with accurate running, jumping and fighting reactions. You need to be able to persevere to find the right way to progress.


Axiom Verge 2 usually costs £14.99 to £15.49. 

Axiom Verge

Steam StoreSALE PC £14.99 £3.74 until 29/07/2024

Axiom Verge 2

Steam Store PC £15.49
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
App Store Mac Unavailable On Digital Store
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/03/2015, updated in 2017

Price: 75% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Collecting, Puzzle, Role-Play and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Axiom Verge (@AxiomVerge)

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