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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.


Barbarian ZX Spectrum The first enemy that you encounter leaps at you when you get near so timing your attack correctly is crucial
Barbarian ZX Spectrum You also come up against human enemies this one is heavily Armoured
Barbarian ZX Spectrum The bow comes in handy for long distance attacking
Barbarian ZX Spectrum These rabid hounds have saliva dripping from their mouths and can run very fast

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Crash! Sep, 1988 81 out of 100 81
The Games Machine (UK) Sep, 1988 81 out of 100 81
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1987 9.2 out of 12 77
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Your Sinclair Nov, 1988 7 out of 10 70


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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".


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...


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.

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Martin Smith (73812) added Barbarian (ZX Spectrum) on Oct 14, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Donny K. (453), Sciere (708183), koffiepad (10513), MAT (220388), Belboz (6580), Belgarath_UK (37) and Rantanplan (1818)