SOFTWARE REVIEW: BARBARIAN by Richard Karsmakers
Can you become Hegor, the famous dragon-slaying, monster-mangling
Barbarian? Are you the warrior who cane nter the fearful realm of
the underground world of Durgan, a world terrorized by the evil
Can you handle the adventure, the frenzied attacks, the hidden
traps, the gruesome death dealing monsters?
You quest; to destroy the lair of the accursed Necron. Your
prize; the kingdom's crown.
You task is awesome! You must live on your wits, conquer your
innermost fears, suee every skill and weapon avilable to you.
Hideous perils await. Can you survive?... Are you Hegor, the
famous dragon-slaying, monster-mangling Barbarian?
Thus reads the back of the newly designed package that comes with
the new Psygnosis game "Barbarian". Next to this text, one can
see some of the screenshots, which look awesome.
Though "Barbarian" will probably not be available in the shops
now (there are still some nasty bugs in the game, also in the
versions I have uptill now received), I feel proud to be able to
publish a review of this game as one of the first!
First thing people note when the game is started up, is that the
graphics are awesome, stunning, staggering, simply great.
Although the graphics of "Airball" are very good as well (see
elsewhere in this issue of ST NEWS), I must admit the "Barbarian"
artwork (yes, 'artwork' is a word more appropriate than
'graphics' in this case) is even better.
In the game, you must direct Hegor the Barbarian through the lair
of Necron, the evil force in the story. Through fantastic
sceneries and the strangest, superb-animated monsters you must
find a crystal. The graphics are made by Garvan Corbett, one of
the finest graphic artists around, and one almost gets killed at
every level because if the need to admire the artwork done, the
sheer beauty of the animation and the urge to listen more
carefully to the sounds (growling, barking, etc. - some of the
strangest sounds you've ever heard). You know I don't like
digitized sounds (because I think it displays lack of knowledge
to create normal sound), but whenever it is done in this perfect
a way, I can live with it quite to my satisfaction.
The game is operated by either mouse, joystick (not recommended)
or the keys. I find it rather nice to play with the mouse,
although Hegor sometimes fails to stand still when I want to
(sometimes resulting in just being mashed to pieces by an axe-
throwing Necronian or a fall in a deep, deep gully). But this is
only a mere inconvenience. I have succeeded in solving 34% of
"Barbarian" (I still cannot seem to get past the dragon down
there), but I am sure I will have solved more by the time that
you read this. A game with such superb graphics, very well done
sound and a very good setup (there's not one game quite like it
on the ST - or any other machine as far as I know) is surely
worth its price of 24.95 (incl. VAT) in the United Kingdom
($39.95 in the US and Canada). I wish more games like this would
appear at this price (or maybe even lower).
Author: David H. Lawson
Overall rating: 9.5
Remark: Super-stunning graphics; you
have to get used to controls.
Thanks must go to Jonathan Ellis of Psygnosis for sending the
First Floor, Port of Liverpool Building
Liverpool L3 1BY
Tel. 051-236 8818
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