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Barbarian (DOS)

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Written by  :  Trixter (8734)
Written on  :  Oct 01, 1999
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

An idiotic control system.

The Good

The digitized speech at the title screen is... cute. The sprite graphics are done well, if a bit cartoony.

The Bad

Gameplay is done with "icons", which can be selected with the joystick, mouse, or function keys. For example: To move your character to the right, you press/select the right arrow icon. To swing your sword, you select the sword icon. This would be appropriate if the game were a turn-based strategy game or something--but it's not! It's a weak action game. You'd think that you could simply move left, right, etc. and hit a button to swing your sword, but you can't. You have to use the "icons" for everything.

It's the stupidest control system I've ever seen for an action game.

The Bottom Line

It's a sheep in wolf's clothing. Avoid it.