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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior

Average Rating: 6.55/10
Video Game Rank: 2605
Amiga Rank: 159
Commodore 64 Rank: 127
DOS Rank: 365
ZX Spectrum Rank: 75
Atari ST Rank: 83
Apple II Rank: 70
BBC Micro Rank: 14
Amstrad CPC Rank: 75
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Primary Name
Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior
Alternate Names
Barbarian: El Guerrero Definitivo
Death Sword
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Series
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1
Maximum Players
2
Release Date
1987-00-00
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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior
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English/European ZX Spectrum (Kixx Rerelease) edition
Rel Date: 1990-00-00
Publisher: Kixx
ZX Spectrum
Developer: Palace Software
Media: Compact Cassette
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior
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BBC Micro edition
Rel Date: 1988-00-00
Publisher: Palace Software
BBC Micro
Developer: Palace Software
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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior
Nick: 
English/European Amiga edition
Rel Date: 1988-00-00
Publisher: Palace Software
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Developer: Palace Software
Media: 3.5" Disk
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Death Sword
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North American Apple II edition
Rel Date: 1988-00-00
Publisher: EPYX, Inc.
Apple II
Developer: Palace Software
Media: 5 1/4" Floppy Disk
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior
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North American DOS edition
Rel Date: 1988-00-00
Publisher: Palace Software
DOS
Developer: Palace Software
Media: 5 1/4" Floppy Disk
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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior
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English/European Amstrad CPC edition
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: Palace Software
Amstrad CPC
Developer: Palace Software
Media: 3" Floppy Disk
Region: 
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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior
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English/European Atari ST edition
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: Palace Software
Atari ST
Developer: Palace Software
Media: 3.5" Disk
Region: 
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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior
Nick: 
English/European Commodore 64 Cassette edition
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: Palace Software
Commodore 64
Developer: Palace Software
Media: Compact Cassette
Region: 
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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior
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English/European Commodore 64 Disk edition
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: Palace Software
Commodore 64
Developer: Palace Software
Media: 5 1/4" Floppy Disk
Region: 
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Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior
Nick: 
English/European ZX Spectrum edition
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: Palace Software
ZX Spectrum
Developer: Palace Software
Media: Compact Cassette
Region: 
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Description Edit | History

"Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior is a video game first released for Commodore 64 personal computers in 1987; the title was developed and published by Palace Software, and ported to other computers in the following months. The developers licensed the game to Epyx, who published it as Death Sword in the United States. Barbarian is a fighting game that gives players control over sword-wielding barbarians. In the game's two-player mode, players pit their characters against each other. Barbarian also has a single-player mode, in which the player's barbarian braves a series of challenges set by an evil wizard to rescue a princess.

Instead of using painted artwork for the game's box, Palace Software used photos of hired models. The photos, also used in advertising campaigns, featured bikini-clad Maria Whittaker, a model who was then associated with The Sun tabloid's Page Three topless photo shoots. Palace Software's marketing strategy provoked outrage in the United Kingdom; protestors focused on sexual aspects of the packaging rather than decapitations and other violence within the game. The ensuing controversy boosted Barbarian's profile, helping to make it a commercial success. Game critics were impressed with its fast and furious combat, and dashes of humour. The game was Palace Software's critical hit; boosted by Barbarian's success, Palace Software expanded its operations, publishing other developers' work. In 1988, the company released a sequel, Barbarian II: The Dungeon of Drax."

Source: Wikipedia, "Barbarian_(Palace_Software)," available under the CC-BY-SA License.

Individual credits:
Steve Brown: design
Michael Van Wijk: Cover photo barbarian
Maria Whittaker: Cover photo bikini girl

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Statistics
Video Game Rank: 2605
Amiga Rank: 159
Commodore 64 Rank: 127
DOS Rank: 365
ZX Spectrum Rank: 75
Atari ST Rank: 83
Apple II Rank: 70
BBC Micro Rank: 14
Amstrad CPC Rank: 75
Num Ratings: 34
Average Rating: 6.55
Standard Deviation: 2.08
Num Views: 1487
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.0
Fans: 0
Personal Comments: 7
Users Owning: 20
Users Wanting: 1
Users Trading: 0 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
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Total Plays: 2
Plays This Month: 0
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