The evil sorcerer Drax has taken Princess Mariana as hostage, but has agreed to let her go free if a warrior can defeat his guardians. And that's where your barbarian comes in. Barbarian (known as Death Sword in the USA) is a one-on-one sword fighting game. Each character (a sword-wielding barbarian) has six life blocks and can survive twelve blows before biting the dust. The action takes place against two backdrops: a forest clearing and a pit of death. Fight against the warriors of Drax and rescue Princess Mariana. The fighters' moves are impressive: they can slice and dice with the sword, chop away, duck, jump, roll, and then there's the lethal chop which takes the opponent's head clean off. The game also features a two-player mode, in which players fight their characters against each other. Not to be confused with "Barbarian", a MelbourneHouse/Psygnosis game from 1988!
The game features top notch graphics for its time and great sound on the Amstrad machines. This game has some terrific graphics; check out the backgrounds in each level and you'll see what I mean. I really liked the sprite animation which offers lots of frames too. The CPC version was certainly the best 8 bit version as far as the level design goes.
Sound is nice too, although no music found during gameplay rather than a few catchy small tunes when battle starts and... ends, but the sound effects are good. A truly great effort all in all!