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- Barbarian -

There is some confusion as to how this game is called because it's also known as Death sword, barbarian or barbarian: the ultimate warrior, I'll just call it barbarian for short. This is an early one on one beat'em up where you can control a fighter with a sword and your aim is to take out a similar opponent. You can do this with a variety of moves ranging from simple trusts and slashes to full roundhouse swings that can behead your opponent in a single blow! This isn't easy though especially with the later opponents and most of the time you will have to try and wear down your oppenent's six health points until he goes down. This goes on until you beat 7 warriors and you have to face their master, a wizard. He can kill you with one magic spell so you have to avoid them but if you reach him he will automatically yield to you.

The graphics aren't bad with varied backgrounds and the characters are large and move fluidly. Unfortunately there is no animation in the background themselves which could have added a bit to the experience. The tune that plays during the game does remind me a bit of the movie Conan the Barbarian but I don't know if they are based on one another. The game doesn't really need a license though since many barbarian moves and games are a lot alike.

The one thing I remembered most about this game apart from the headchop is the poster/box cover that came with the game. It has a barbarian woman and man on the cover with the woman wearing such a miniscule outfit it barely covered her (check out that screenshot). I wandered even then why someone whould go into battle like that but at least this game doesn't load the men with full armor, no they wear nothing but short pants. I found out later she was the princess and she doesn't fight at all, in the sequel she does though and she's still wearing that same outfit :) Despite the fact that all the characters look alike and the endboss is rather unfair this game is pretty fun and I can recommend it.

Overal rating: 7.5/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
Best graphics but gameplay is no different from the others.
Amstrad CPC Released in 1988.
This looks like the C64 version but plays more sluggish.
BBC Micro Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with BeebEm v2.0.
The color palette is rather bad with lots of pink everywhere.
C64 Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
This version has lots of trainers, use it if you can't beat the game.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with emuZwin v2.5.
The one player and two player versions are actually seperated and you have to load the part you want to play.

Date added Jan-12-2005 19:25
Name Barbarian
Developer Palace software
Publisher Palace software
First released 1987
Genre Action
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Download Amstrad CPC, filesize: 76 Kb
BBC Micro, filesize: 26 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 54 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 357 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 58 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 2 Kb
Zip is the same as the text manual.
Solve / Docs No solve available
Get text manual here

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