Barbarian was first released for the 8bit Commodore's home computers in 1987 by Palace Software, and ported to the most common 8/16bit computers in the following months. A totally addictive fighting game (especially when in two-player mode with top notch graphics and great sound for its era.
Story/Gameplay: The evil sorcerer Drax has taken Princess Mariana as hostage, but has agreed to let her go free if a warrior can defeat his guardians. And that's where your barbarian comes in. Barbarian (known as Death Sword in the USA) is a one-on-one sword fighting game. Each character (a sword-wielding barbarian) has six life blocks and can survive twelve blows before biting the dust. The action takes place against two backdrops: a forest clearing and a pit of death. Fight against the warriors of Drax and rescue Princess Mariana. The fighters' moves are impressive: they can slice and dice with the sword, chop away, duck, jump, roll, and then there's the lethal chop which takes the opponent's head clean off. The game also features a two-player mode, in which players fight their characters against each other. Not to be confused with "Barbarian", a MelbourneHouse/Psygnosis game from 1988!
Graphics/Sound: The game here also features great graphics. The backgrounds are nicely detailed while the spite animations are smooth and fast (actually faster than the Amstrad CPC and Sinclair ZX). The colors being used though on the CPC look a bit better due to its higher numbered color palette. There's no music during gameplay rather than a few catchy small themes when battle starts and... ends, but the sound effects are good and overal better than the CPC version.
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