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Death Sword

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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 Apple II Attack!!
Death Sword Amiga Sword against the sword
Death Sword Amiga My opponent is rolling
Death Sword ZX Spectrum You and the enemy switch positions

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

The ultimate barbarian fighting game, where a moment of hesitation can mean your head - literally! DOS Mickey Gabel (357)
You can thank Death Sword for MobyGames. DOS Trixter (8743)
More Conan than Conan itself... Commodore 64 WWWWolf (422)
Never liked this one much. DOS Tomer Gabel (4416)

The Press Says

Tilt Commodore 64 Jul, 1987 20 out of 20 100
Génération 4 Amiga Jul, 1988 91 out of 100 91
Commodore User Amiga Apr, 1988 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Dec, 1987 87 out of 100 87
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1987 87 out of 100 87
Retrogaming History Commodore 64 Dec 28, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Top Secret Atari 8-bit Feb, 1994 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Nov, 1987 640 out of 1000 64
Joystick (French) DOS Jan, 1990 40 out of 100 40


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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

Information also contributed by Xoleras

Related Web Sites

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