DOS - 1988
Description of Death Sword
This is actually a game I played the original of on the Amiga when Palace Software were churning out similar titles and, not meaning to offend any PC fans, the Amiga version is a lot better than the one here. That said though, its still a fan little game to anyone who is a fan of the wooly-pants slash-em up genre and has a few elements in it that have never really been repeated in games since.
You can decapitate your opponent with a single blow. That's right kiddies, pressing back and fire on that joy stick launches your wooly-panted, mulleted barbarian into a death blow spinning chop with Conan-esque style. If the attack lands clean, the head of you opponent will bounce away for a little goblin to kick around while dragging away the body.
Just for this alone the game is worth a try although I wouldn't go expecting A-grade beat 'em up action, although it is fun to sit down with a friend and try to see who can decapitate first. A five minute amusement. Though if you're looking for a similar game with better AI and strategy (blood too) I'd recommend Moonstone for both single and multiplayer.
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
Mr Vampire 2019-02-05 1 point Commodore 64 version
Remember it as the Barbarian title on the C64. The goblin was the cherry on this excellent blood covered cake.
JackTR 2017-04-23 1 point
@OLDMANKID - you're right. Barbarian (aka Death Sword, Barbarian: Death Sword) was the main title of the game. It is the first part of two Barbarian games. Barbarian II(2) (aka Axe Of Rage, Barbarian II: Axe Of Rage) came out one year later (1989). In the same year there was another Barbarian game, which has nothing to do with the other two games.
oldmankid 2017-04-13 1 point
I remember this game always being called Barbarian.
But there was always one guy, you could do the move from the straight to take off his had and he would fall for it.
Paperinik77pk 2015-08-16 0 point
I remember the first time I chopped an head on the C64!!! Great memories! I also remember the "nude" option on a trainer (maybe on second chapter of the game) to see always the princess naked!
Merkley 2015-07-26 0 point DOS version
I heard it was indexed in some countries because of it's intensive brutality...
Bob Bobson 2011-11-12 0 point DOS version
I remember this in the Epyx catalog when I was a child. It looked pretty cool, but unfortunately I couldn’t afford it. I also remember Coil Cop looking neat as well, but that one is not here.
Paperinik77pk 2010-11-21 1 point DOS version
It's nice to chop heads sometimes!!! Played it a lot on C64!
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- Year: 1988
- Publisher: Epyx, Inc., Kixx, Klassix, Palace Software, Ltd.
- Developer: Palace Software, Ltd.
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