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Barbarian (DOS)

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Description

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.

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Barbarian DOS A dragon! What to do now?
Barbarian DOS You meet some enemies
Barbarian DOS Kill Screen (after this the game crashes)
Barbarian DOS Title screen. (CGA)

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User Reviews

Nostalgia, but not much else. Terry Callahan (67) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
An idiotic control system. Trixter (8740) 1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars
Genuinely fantastic.. if you play it while on acid. mobster_lobster (20) unrated
I am astonished and amazed at this game's poor treatment Alex Man (32) unrated
It really sucks. Tomer Gabel (4394) 1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars

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Trivia

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".

Debugger

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...

Speech

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.

Information also contributed by Blood, Jaromir Krol, Servo
Donny K. (426) added Barbarian (DOS) on Aug 27, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (243014), Martin Smith (63153), koffiepad (10041), MAT (69771), Belboz (6553), Belgarath_UK (37) and Rantanplan (1711)