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Palace Software
Arcade: Solo beat-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Richard Eddy, Robin Candy
Chris Bourne

85% Issue 41

RICKY: Scream! Maria Whittiker! Pornography!! There was a great moral outrage over the luscious lady who advertised this Gothic horror beat-'em-up - and over the notorious CRASH cover.

Fight your way through screens of beautifully animated bashing action to release Princess Marina from the evil Drax...

When you knock off an opponent in Barbarian, a deformed lizard creature trundles the body away. Little touches like this make the game worthwhile, though experts may find it a bit simple. Still, Barbarian is one of my top combat games; Fist is wearing a bit thin these days.

Now programmer Steve Brown is developing Barbarian II...

ROBIN: Barbarian is one of the best beat-'em-up's I've played. Most of the graphics are monochromatic, but this enhances the game rather than detracting from the super-smooth animation.

It's instantly playable, and for such a simple idea it's surprisingly addictive. The two-player game is one of the best features of Barbarian - you can invite your friends round for a slice'n'dice party. So if you want nothing more than a straightforward brutal fighting game, this is the one to get.