A mighty blow of your sword can be enough to win glory as well as honor in these miserable times. Well known and a real firecracker in the world of the games at that time. Barbarian lives up to his bloody name since its publication in 1987. The British game developer Palace Software showed themselves to not be averse against the new home computer Commodore 64 or Atari ST and took advantage of the new platforms on the mass market. The whole concept of the game will probably seem familiar to you. Based on the stories of "Conan the Barbarian", you, including your sword, will find yourself in dark vaults or in forest clearings. There, an adversary is already waiting for you who wants to prevent you from taking the victory and advancing in the game of Barbarian. You should seek out a certain magician named "Drax" and defeat him in a bloody fight so that the charming lady named "Princess Marina" can be saved. In the 80s, the game has been enormously criticized for its brutal look, which led to an indexing in Germany at that time. As part of the randomness principle, the opponent´s head can be knocked off with a sweeping turn. Incidentally, this fact did not prevent the developers from developing a sequel for the fledgling gaming market. Once you have become familiar with the extensive keyboard control, the game is on already. In a great VGA scene, you meet an opponent in each round, which is very similar to you. You have to overcome him. You do not have a second or third life! If you do not survive the round or lose your head by way of a heavy blow, then your body will be dragged away from the square by a little troll in Barbarian. At the top of the game, you can see your life energy in the form of round "drops of blood". Any hostile encounter lets these drops be halved. If you are just out to get some action, you can use the multi-player mode and compete against a friend.