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In this game you play the role of a barbarian who must navigate his way through dangerous dungeons. The game is played from a third person side scrolling perspective and also has platform jumping parts to it. The barbarian is controlled by using left and right on the joystick to move and up and down is used to scroll through the various commands at the bottom of the screen. When a command is highlighted pressing fire will perform that action thus saving on extra buttons being needed to play. There are two weapons at your disposal. A sword which you start the game with and later a bow which is handy for long range attacks. There are many traps to avoid and various monsters who have different attack patterns.


Barbarian Atari ST You can't kill him
Barbarian Atari ST Introduction screen
Barbarian Commodore 64 Game over
Barbarian DOS Killed by a falling block trap!

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User Reviews

Nostalgia, but not much else. DOS Terry Callahan (67)
Amiga's best friend. Amiga Alexandre Adjadj (3)
An idiotic control system. DOS Trixter (8711)
Genuinely fantastic.. if you play it while on acid. DOS mobster_lobster (20)
I am astonished and amazed at this game's poor treatment DOS Alex Man (32)
It really sucks. DOS Tomer Gabel (4353)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1987 10.4 out of 12 87
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Dec, 1987 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Dec, 1987 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Oct, 1987 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Sep, 1987 9.6 out of 12 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1989 7 out of 10 70
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 60 out of 100 60
Oberoende COMputer (S) Amiga Sep 24, 1987 5 out of 10 50
Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1988 31 out of 100 31


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Cover art

The box cover artwork and Barbarian/Psygnosis logos were created by Roger Dean. The painting used for the cover, called Red Dragon III, was later used again as a cover for Steve Howe on the 1994 album Not Necessarily Acoustic. At the back of the CD booklet under the artwork credits you can find the message "Hello Psygnosis".


In the PC version, the developers apparently forgot to remove a debugger of sorts from the game. When you are asked to select the control method ("Press 1, 2 or 3"), press 4. Then start the game as usual, and...


Barbarian features speech through the PC Speaker, but was done using the technically inferior 1-bit method as opposed to the more sophisticated 6- and 8-bit methods employed by other games. As a result, the speech is quite loud and distorted.

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