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Was the attacks more like projectiles?
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Some were melee sword/axe, other were projectile (arrow/spell). I don't remember the proportion, or commonality between them.
Like there was one guy who would throw a small axe that would go back to his hand?
Not that I remember.
And there was this big enemy guy in his loins that would have a steel ball connected to a chain and he would swing it above his head slowly?
I remember this game but forgot how it's called.
That Sounds like Golden Axe or Final Fight or possibly Street Fighter (not Street Fighter II).
IIRC unlike Golden Axe, you didn't have 3D movement on a plane; it would be more ladder/platforms/stairs like Castlevania. The gates that held heroes would also be used to change areas/levels.
The game did use joysticks instead of trackballs or other fancy controllers. It also had buttons but I forget how many per player.