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version: pal - year: 1987 - developer: psygnosis - publisher: psygnosis - format: a500, 1 disk- condition: near mint w/poster - rarity: uncommon

Review - Barbarian by Psygnosis was often confused with another game by Palace which shared the same name. The two games are actually very different and unrelated.

This one is a pretty original side-scrolling action game with a point and click interface. The interface is what made it interesting but unfortunately, controlling the barbarian (named Hegor) can be cumbersome.

From the moment you give your input to the moment the action follows on-screen, there is a lag time which will often be fatal, sending our beloved Hegor to his doom.

Also, levels are filled with traps which are often impossible to avoid the first time because they would require a quick reaction that the icon-based interface simply cannot provide (unless you already know where the trap is).

Moreover, the game tends to be plagued by slow-down when too many enemies are on the screen and this will happen a few times during play.

These flaws kind of make the experience of playing Barbarian less enjoyable, although the nicely detailed graphics and cool sound-effects make the adventure more interesting to play.

See also the C-64 version which shares the same beautiful cover art by fantasy artist Roger Dean.

Bottom line: an interesting early experiment which has some charm, but Barbarian by Psygnosis is definitely not a classic....6/10










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