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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Amiga release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.6
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.6
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.1
Overall User Score (14 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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Génération 4 (Jul, 1988)
La version Amiga est la plus belle, surtout pour les décors. Les combattants, quant à eux, auraient pu être améliorés graphiquement. Barbarian reste le meilleur des jeux de combat.
Unless you have a weak stomach, you should tie on your lion-cloth, sharpen your sword, and dash out to the nearest bazaar for a copy of Barbarian right away.
Commodore User (Apr, 1988)
Barbarian on the 64 was great; this 16-bit incarnation is even better. It is graphically superior, a lot faster and smoother, and the use of sampled sound effects ice a beautifully prepared cake. One of the collection, methinks.
Zzap! (Dec, 1987)
Barbarian is definitely the sort of game that gets loaded time and again. It plays beautifully and has a fabulous 'feel' - you can really identify with the fighters. At a relatively cheap £15, Barbarian offers plenty of gory entertainment and shouldn't be missed.
Amiga Computing (Jul, 1988)
All in all it's a good game and somewhat addictive. A bit more detail in the characters wouldn't have gone amiss. This must be the last in this series of two guys beating each other up in very nice scenery. It's wearing a bit thin, but no doubt someone will come up with yet another scenario with different graphics and surprisingly familiar gameplay. A good one for all the hackers out there, that's the violent ones, not the quiet key tapping types, or are you an Arnold Schwarzenegger in Woody Allen clothing?
Zero (Jan, 1990)
So although it's yet another beat 'em up, it looks good and is fun to play. If you're the sort who hankers after those bygone days of Exploding Fists on 8-bit machines, then you could do a lot worse than spend 10 quid on Barbarian. [Budget re-release]
Barbarian is immediately playable, even with novice computer gamers. Because of this and the attention-grabbing sound effects, it can be very enjoyable for a quick game now and then. The satisfaction gained from slaying your opponent with a flying neck chop makes it worth checking out, although twenty pounds for a 64 game with added samples is rather pricey.
Amiga Power (Aug, 1991)
[Budget re-release] About as much fun as these things get. Great in 2-player mode, but only worth buying if you've already got IK+ and want something a bit different.
The two-player option does little to pep up the interest level, so though the game's amusing in the short term, there's nothing much here to make you want to come back to it time and time again.