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Barbarian Reviews (ZX Spectrum)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.1

Critic Reviews

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Crash! (Sep, 1988)
Barbarian turns out to be an exciting and hair-raising experience.
Sound is minimal throughout, but this does not detract from gameplay which is surprisingly similar to the 16-bit versions. All in all, an excellent conversion.
Schlußwort: BARBARIAN ist mit Sicherheit eine der besten Neuveröffentlichungen der vergangenen Monate. Obwohl es sich eigentlich „nur“ um ein martialisches, also kriegerisches Spiel handelt, steckt doch viel an Arbeit drin. Programmtechnisch ist es wohl als ein Meisterwerk anzusehen! Diese Aussage schließt alle drei Versionen ein. Hier merkt man, daß Steve Brown tage- und nächtelang per Video die menschliche Anatomie und den kinetischen Ablauf eines Schwertkampfes genau studiert hat. Die Umsetzung - zunächst aufs Papier - auf den Screen ist ihm hervorragend gelungen.
Barbarian is a fabbo, terrific, great, good and OK all rolled into one. It's as good a conversion as possible and I wouldn't hesitate in thoroughly recommending it to any Speccy owners, if there still are any.
Your Sinclair (Nov, 1988)
Overall though, I was pleasantly surprised. The conversion is very professional and to be honest, rather better than Melbourne Houses usual standard. My only real moan is that it's not amazingly fast. Hegor doesn't exactly rush about (unless you click him into Rush About Mode, upon which he whizzes all over the place, generally getting killed in the process). Control, though, is very user-friendly, as you can press movement buttons and icon buttons at the same time - and both actually workl Now, I think there may just be time for one further game. How am I going to get past that accursed wizard...?