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Game #96
Barbarian   (a.k.a. Death Sword)
Action   Beat em-up

Rating: 8.61 (241 votes)

Barbarian box cover

Barbarian screenshot
This is actually a game I played the original of on the Amiga when Palace Software were churning out similar titles and, not meaning to offend any PC fans, the Amiga version is a lot better than the one here. That said though, its still a fan little game to anyone who is a fan of the wooly-pants slash-em up genre and has a few elements in it that have never really been repeated in games since. You can decapitate your opponent with a single blow. That?s right kiddies, pressing back and fire on that joy stick launches your wooly-panted, mulleted barbarian into a death blow spinning chop with Conan-esque style. If the attack lands clean, the head of you opponent will bounce away for a little goblin to kick around while dragging away the body.

Just for this alone the game is worth a try although I wouldn't go expecting A-grade beat 'em up action, although it is fun to sit down with a friend and try to see who can decapitate first. A five minute amusement. Though if you're looking for a similar game with better AI and strategy (blood too) I'd recommend Moonstone for both single and multiplayer.

Reviewed by: Roisin
Designer: Unknown
Developer: Palace Software
Publisher: Palace Software
Year: 1988
Software Copyright: Palace Software
Theme: Fantasy
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Your Sinclair review
If you like this game, try: Barbarian 2, Rad Warrior, Targhan

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