& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Barbarian by Psygnosis / Melbourne House is a
Marmite game: you either love it or hate it. I remember being
blown away by it on the Amiga when I first saw it on a
mate's machine. I wasn't aware there was a C64 version,
and hadn't played it until today. I have to say that
it's very good in comparison, given the machine's
limitations. The game itself is a very clumsy icon based
adventure, which at times is incredibly frustrating, but
if you have patience, it's quite a rewarding adventure. I
completed it with cheats on the Amiga, and now over two
decades later I've completed it with cheats on the C64.
End of game Boss.
"Run for your lives!"
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Using an infinite lives cheat.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once you have explored the dungeons, killed the dragon,
found the shield and deflected the evil Necron's
fireballs back at him and killed him, you have to make
your way back to the starting point. Once you get back
to the swamp where you started out, you get a black
screen with some white text on it. The message says: "QUEST
SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED". A completion
percentage and quest time is displayed at the bottom.
The game then ends.