The Battle of Olympus is a side-scrolling, action-adventure game for the Nintendo Entertainment System developed by Infinity. It was published on March 28 1988 by Imagineer in Japan for the Famicom and was titled Oryunposu no Tatakai: Ai no Densetsu (オリュンポスの戦い 愛の伝説, The Olympus Fight: The Legend of Love). The North American and European versions were released for the NES in 1990 and 1991 by Brøderbund and by Nintendo respectively. There's also a 1993 Game Boy port of the same game that was developed by Radical Entertainment and published by Imagineer exclusively in Europe.
During his adventure, Orpheus needs to meet the Greek gods and gain their favor, starting with Zeus, the leader of the Olympian gods, who encourages the other gods to grant Orpheus powers. These powers are in the form of a weapon, a shield, and other special equipment, among them a harp, which summons Pegasus to carry Orpheus to far locations.
As the game progresses, players are exposed to various forms of upgraded weaponry. The player starts off with a basic wooden club. The player later obtains items such as the Staff of Fennel (able to project a fireball), Nymph's Sword, and the Divine Sword (able to project a lightning bolt).
The game features encounters with mythological creatures such as the Taurus, Lamia, Cyclops, Centaur, Talos, Minotaur, Medusa, Cerberus, Stymphalian Birds, Nemean Lion and also a Siren. Players must fight their way deep into the underworld, fight and defeat Hades, and finally save Helene. Several items depicted in the Greek mythology are acquired, such as the Harp of Apollo, the Sword of Hephaestus, the Staff of Prometheus and the Sandals of Hermes.
Game Boy version
Similar in style to Zelda II: The Adventures of Link for the NES, The Battle of Olympus takes place in an ancient Greece which is being terrorized by Hades, the dark ruler of the underworld.
Orpheus had his girlfriend Helene kidnapped by Hades who is holding her for his personal pleasure. A top-down map of Greece shows various dungeons and ancient Greek city-states for the player to visit on his journey.Swords, shields, and crystals help to provide offensive power and defensive strength for the player. Three fragments of love are there to remind Orpheus of his girlfriend Helene. Hades rules his dominion in Tartarus; where his strongest minions live alongside him. Enemies that players have to fight include several breeds of cyclopes, minotaurs, and pegasuses.
Brøderbund advertised this game as a part of their Adventure Series.
This game is about a Greek named Orpheus, in Ancient Greece. His love, Helene, was poisoned by a snake and died. Later Orpheus learns that Helene was actually taken by Hades, god of the underworld, to become his bride. Upon hearing this, Orpheus begins his journey to save Helene.
The pretext of Orpheus's quest is the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Elements of the quest are drawn from the stories of Heracles, Theseus and Perseus. Many characters, enemies, locations, and items are also based on Greek mythology.