You travel through the fictional world of Yuria, to find Death Adder. Death Adder is a warrior who kidnapped the King and the Princess of the land and found the great Golden Axe. He threatens to kill everyone if they don't accept him as a ruler. You can fight through Yuria, facing multiple enemies, choosing one of the three available characters. Gilius the Thunderhead, is a dwarf who lost his brother by Adder's soldiers and he wields a battle axe. Ax Battler is a Barbarian with a strong two-handed sword seeking to avenge his mother's murder. Tyris Flare is a beautiful but cruel Amazon, who can slash everyone in her path, with her longsword. Her parents were killed by Adder's soldiers as well. Apart from conventional weapons, you can use magic by gathering energy bags from other dwarfs that show up in the game frequently.
Golden Axe was another masterpiece of gameplay back to the days offering great fun especially when in two-player mode.
The graphics are detailed and colorful on the ZX Spectrum. The designers did their best to display most of the original details here too. Sprite animation is a bit bulky as in the Amstrad CPC version (smooth scrolling and animation is found only on the C64 version) but overall the game is playable enough.
The sound is mediocre though having no intro tune whilst there are only a few bulky in-game sound effects during gameplay.