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Death Sword (Amstrad CPC)

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The evil magician Drax is terrorizing the jeweled city and cast a spell over the beautiful princess Marina who is forced to obey him. From the lands to the north, a hero is sent to help the city and free the princess. He is Gorth, the strongest of the barbarian warriors. With his sword in hand, he has to beat eight of Drax's best warriors and at last the magician himself. He will fight them in the woods, on the mountaintop, in the dungeon... finally reaching Drax's palace itself.

This is essentially a one- or two-player fighting game where you control a big barbarian and fight another player or a computer AI. There are several kinds of hits, and some hits take off half a point while others take off a whole point. Each player has six of these "power points". They also have a special hard to perform "death sword" which decapitates your opponent, killing him with one fell swoop.


Death Sword Amstrad CPC Fighting in the arena.
Death Sword Amstrad CPC Fighting in the throne room.
Death Sword Amstrad CPC Practice in the forest
Death Sword Amstrad CPC Clean up crew

Alternate Titles

  • "Battle Sword" -- Common mistaken title
  • "Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior" -- UK title
  • "Barbarian: Le Guerrier Absolu" -- French title
  • "Barbarian: Der m├Ąchtigste Krieger" -- German title
  • "Barbarian" -- European in-game title

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The Press Says Jul 21, 2011 17 out of 20 85
Tilt Jul, 1987 16 out of 20 80
Happy Computer 1986 79 out of 100 79


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The guy in the (Barbarian) front cover photo later became 'Wolf' in the UK TV version of Gladiators. His character was something of an overblown pantomime type who aimed to add some light relief to proceedings.

German index

On October 31, 1987, the German version of this game was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. Two months later, on December 31, 1987, followed the UK import. More information about this topic can be found in the game group.


  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #46 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

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Related Web Sites

  • Luxgames (released a Flash-based Barbarian remake.)
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