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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.3
Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.1


Critic Reviews

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90
Atari ST User (May, 1989)
Barbarian II is an excellent sequel to the original hack and slash cut'em-up combat game as this version has more depth, better graphics and improved sound. If you liked Barbarian you'll like this too.
85
The One (Nov, 1988)
Barbarian was great, but Barbarian II is even better. It's taken the original combat formula and improved it no end with the addition of the arcade adventure elements. The problem with the original Barbarian was that you could only fight other human opponents, and the whole thing could get rather "samey" after a long while. The huge array of different nasties just waiting to pick fights with you solves this problem. Each creature has its own specific attack pattern, and so each one must be dealt with differently, there's a lot to be learnt before any kind of proficiency is achieved. The graphics are of a high standard, and although some of the animation on certain sprites can at times be jerky, the blight colours and excellent definition compensates adequately.
82
The most remarkable feature of the ST version is its crystal-clear sampled effects, but the graphics are good too. The ST's resolution has been used to give it a cleaner, more precise edge to the C64's original sprites and animation is excellent.
80
Power Play (Mar, 1989)
Das markige Hau-und-such-Spiel ist ein gefundenes Fressen für alle Nachwuchs-Barbaren.
75
Palace have done a fine job in converting their primaeval beat-em-up to the Atari, although it still suffers from the same frustrating gameplay and annoying lack of moves. Graphics haven't improved a great deal over the original, but that's simply a testament to the quality of the C64 version. Great samples from the tatty soundchip.
68
Die Laderei geht übrigens ganz schön auf die Nerven, denn der ST zappelt sich sage und schreibe 3:47:12 Min.ab, bevor der Barbar ans Werk gehen kann. Entschädigt werdet Ihr dafür aber mit durchweg großen Sprites, von denen leider ein paar etwas flackern, aber recht nett animiert sind. Zudem gibt‘s schöne Backgrounds, einige ekelerregende Gags (die Köpfungszenen...) und guten Sound-FX. Sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig ist leider die Steuerung, denn sie ist sehr lahm und umständlich. Das mindert den Spielspaß erheblich - zumal BARBARIAN II ja drauf angelegt ist, den Spieler mit möglichst vielen Prügelszenen zu „unterhalten“. Nun ja, irgendwie gefiel mit die C-64-Fassung da besser...
40
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