Barbarian is a remake of the 1987 Palace Software Hit, Barbarian, a sword fighting game featuring some nasty “specials”

Barbarian was released around 1987 and 1988 for most of the prominent 8-bit and 16-bit platforms.

Barbarian is a one- or two-player fighting game. As the name suggests, the fighters are barbarians. The game offers sword combat in various locales. The game has also a one-player plot mode, where the player has to defeat several fighters to fight evil wizard Drax to rescue princess Marina.

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The game was greatly inspired by sword and sorcery fantasy stories like Conan the Barbarian. The original game received critical acclaim as one of the best hand to hand fighting games for the platform, while generating controversy for the level of violence (players could decapitate one another) and depiction of women in skimpy bikinis.

Maria Whittaker and Michael Van Wijk are the models on the game cover photo.

Palace Software

Palace Software was a British software publisher during the 1980s whose address was The Old Forge, 7,Caledonian Road, London.

It was notable for the Barbarian and Cauldron series of games for 8-bit home computer platforms, in particular the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64.

It caused some controversy with its adverts in computer magazines, particularly for Barbarian II which featured page-3 girl Maria Whittaker as a scantily clad female warrior.

In 1990, Palace Software’s parent company declared bankruptcy, taking the software house with it.

Luxregina’s Barbarian

The port is faithful to the original, and even if the graphics have been updated to fit nowadays standards, all the variety, and the fun “specials” of the original version have been kept.

The few glitches, in code, or in animations, that are left will be removed soon. The full version will feature the original “history” mode, as well as a “survivor” mode, that should be linked to an high scores table

Video preview of Barbarian – free Flash game by LUXregina