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Palace Software
1988
Arcade: Solo beat-em-up
£12.99
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Nick Roberts
Chris Bourne

Barbarian II's strong point is its graphics. Large detailed sprites on the main character and all the foes you hack and slay on your travels. Some of the sprites almost fill half the screen and they're all animated very well. Each screen is well coloured and there's some groovy music too. However, gameplay leaves a lot to be desired. Screen after screen of fighting the mutant monsters and jumping over streams soon gets repetitive.

You get four levels to play through: the Wastelands, the Caverns, the Dungeons and finally the Inner Sanctum of the evil Drax. Each level has about 28 screens with caves and huts you can enter. Mapping these levels is essential if you're to succeed. A basic beat-'em-up maybe worth having in your collection just to watch the great animation, especailly when the large dinosaur munches on your head! Yuk.

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