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Barbarian: Der mächtigste Krieger
Palace Software
1987
Genre:
Action
Thema:
Abstrakt
Sprache:
English
Lizenz:
Kommerziell
System:
C64
Aufrufe:
130610

Wertung [?]

Mr Creosote:
2/6
deepfree:
1/6
Gesamt:
1.5/6
Allgemeine Abstimmung:
3.5/6
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Mr Creosote (05.09.2007) [verstecken]

Avatar Um kurz die obligatorische Beschreibung der Story hinter sich zu bringen: Ein böser Magier hat die Prinzessin entführt, ein öliger Muskelprotz mit riesigem Schwert will sie befreien. Dazu prügelt er sich erst durch die Kämpfer des Zauberers und trifft dann auf den Oberbösen selbst.

Barbarian hat zwei Spielmodi. Im ersten „trainiert“ man das Kämpfen durch die Herausforderung zufällig vorbeikommender Typen unter freiem Himmel. Hierbei können auch zwei menschliche Spieler die Joysticks ergreifen. Der eigentliche Weg zur Prinzessin kann dagegen nur allein gegen den bösen Computer beschritten werden.

Aus praktischen Gründen treten die bösen Kämpfer immer nur einzeln gegen den Spieler an. Unter Zuhilfenahme verschiedener Schläge und Tritte (die durch den leider nur mäßig reagierenden Joystick ausgelöst werden) versucht man, die Energieleiste des Gegners auf Null zu bringen, bevor die eigene endgültig abfällt.

Soweit nichts Besonderes. Barbarian wurde aus anderen Gründen als Originalität oder besondere Spielbarkeit bekannt und beliebt. Das Hauptaugenmerk ist dabei auf die für die Zeit recht brutale Darstellung des Kampfgeschehens zu legen (sowas kommt bei den Kids jeder Generation gut an). Ganz oben auf der „Coolheitsskala“: Das Köpfen der Kämpfer (mit anschließend erscheinendem Goblin, der den leblosen Körper wegschleift, und den Kopf zur Seite kickt).

Zweitens finden alle Kämpfe entweder direkt vor dem Thron des Magiers oder in dessen Arena statt, und er ist immer selbst anwesend - samt seiner nur spärlich gekleideten Gefangenen. Schon früh wurden Stimmen laut, die gern die Prinzessin nackt zu sehen verlangten. Eine gecrackte Version (die hier aus Gründen der Doppelmoral natürlich angeboten wird) bietet dann natürlich auch genau das.

Obwohl Barbarian also nicht so sehr bezüglich seiner inneren Werte überzeugen kann, so ist es doch der Vorvater eines Trends, der erst viele Jahre später so richtig in Fahrt kam. Heutzutage scheint es eher unmöglich zu sein, ein Spiel zu finden, für das es keinen „Nude Patch“ gibt, und spritzendes Blut wird ohnehin immer standardmäßig mitgeliefert. Also seiner Zeit weit voraus (ob man das nun positiv oder negativ interpretiert), auch wenn es nach heutigen Maßstäben natürlich schon wieder ziemlich lächerlich brav wirkt.

deepfree (09.01.2013) [verstecken]

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.

Barbarian is a small fighter with somewhat okay graphics, they aren’t eye popping at all, and when you finally take off your nostalgic glasses, you see that the game clearly hasn’t aged well. The music of Barbarian isn’t anything special either, it is there, but if you take any other C64 game out there, you can find SID music way better than what Barbarian has to offer. One I might mention is the track for Garfield - Big Fat Hairy Deal, a track that is both interesting and amazing, something Barbarian really cannot say it is.

There is story in Barbarian, but it really isn’t important. As soon as you begin the game, you are going to see why. Barbarian is one of those games that come along and might make a little boy like myself many many years ago happy, but as a grown-up, the game doesn’t really have anything to offer, it’s a mess. The controls are clunky and the value that you get out of the game is mediocre to say the least.

To finish this little quick review off, I might say that you could try and get it, but if you do, I would suggest just getting it off the net, you don’t really need to buy it. It isn’t expensive, but even for that it isn’t really worth it. Barbarian is a mediocre boring slaptick mess that shouldn’t be played by anyone unless you are a little kid who doesn’t know better, or you are tormenting your son or daughter.

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Kommentare (8) [verstecken] [Kommentar schreiben]

Herr M. (22.10.2019):

Oh boy, where the ads like the box cover? They are most certainly… memorable. :P

Moebius (21.10.2019):

Zitat:
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.

Mr Creosote (21.10.2019):

Those "innocent" days of drive-by sexism :P

LostInSpace (21.10.2019):

What I really like about this game is it's advertisement in computer magazines at that time :D

Herr M. (21.10.2019):

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

Moebius (21.10.2019):

Zitat:
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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Moebius (22.07.2014):

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.

deepfree (08.01.2013):

Zitat:
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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