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Posted at 17:20 on October 22nd, 2019 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Oh boy, where the ads like the box cover? They are most certainly… memorable. :P
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Posted at 20:42 on October 21st, 2019 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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The trivia about the joystick is also quite interesting.


I actually wanted to post a picture of that, too, as well as a photo of Arnold. I thought I should try a different format for a change, but I don't know how to do that. Maybe adding semi-related content could make reviews a little more attractive. And I don't mean just bitmap stuff, maybe some audio tracks or videos, etc, but integrated directly in the review.
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Edited by Moebius at 20:56 on October 21st, 2019
Posted at 17:16 on October 21st, 2019 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Those "innocent" days of drive-by sexism :P
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Posted at 16:57 on October 21st, 2019 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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What I really like about this game is it's advertisement in computer magazines at that time :D
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Posted at 16:42 on October 21st, 2019 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Interestingly enough the Spectrum version really looks better than the C64 one. As monochrome as they might in in places, overall they are more vivid and less pixelated. Although it also depends on how smooth the movements are, especially in a game likes this.

The trivia about the joystick is also quite interesting. In my whole gaming career I only owned one so far, and it was an analogue one which should be tad bit less prone to breaking due to such movements. It went kaput nevertheless… too much Tie fighting. :P
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Posted at 01:52 on October 21st, 2019 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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In those dark ancient times all things were acheived with brute force, magic and steel. In our story, however, steel must ultimately prevail. Drax the evil sorcerer threatens to cast a terrible curse upon the people of Jewelled City unless they trade Princess Mariana for their well-being. Without further ado they complied. "Well, that was boring!" - Drax thought. And so he came up with a new bargain for his sordid amusement: the one who defeats a number of his best warriors shall have the Princess back. Many brave souls have perished in vain and, like in all such tales, when all hope seemed lost this champion came...


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Posted at 07:29 on July 22nd, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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It was one of the best games on Spectrum, and it actually looked a bit better than C64 version. Although, lacking in colour but compensating with better detail, which, i believe, is of higher priority here. The gameplay is pretty good, all the moves are quite diverse, the graphics and animation are on top (for those times). BUT.. there's just one little disadvantage: absolutely no variety of opponents, but just one and the same, which if defeated becomes tougher, and this neverending battle never ceases, but just goes on and on. I think that's a great flaw and in a sense leaves the game incomplete or even makes a demo version out of it. However, it's still a masterpiece, and since the people back then weren't as spoiled as we are today, they considered it to be perfect.
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Posted at 18:28 on January 8th, 2013 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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As a child, I found Barbarian to be a very decent game. Obviously it wasn't Barbarian that truly took up too much time, but I still felt it was a game that worked out pretty well. Now as a grown-up, I can see that while the game is in fact quite decent, it is also very flawed in the way it was made.


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Posted at 04:27 on September 5th, 2007 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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To get the story over with: Evil wizard has captured the princess, oily muscleman carrying a huge sword tries to free her by first confronting the sorcerer's soldiers and then the evil master himself.


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