Barbarian: the ultimate warrior – Death Sword

This was my first taste of one on one battle, with the unforgettable head kicking goblin.

Originally for the C64, it’s creator Steve Brown set out to make a fighting game that was both brutal & realistic. Taking influences from the paintings of “Frank Frazetta”.

They spent months devising 16 moves, which were filmed then traced cells & translated into huge sprites (massive for the hardware of the day). Filming themselves to get the animation fluid & realistic.

The games’s box featured a scantily clad page 3 model [Maria Whittaker] wearing not much more than she normally did. This had parents up & screaming about the game, completely ignoring the blood & decapitation?! Of course all the press coverage actually helped sales.

Sound samples were used throughout the game [which was unheard of in 1987]. What most people don’t know is they’re taken from the film Red Sonja!



Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Nice very nice

  2. Although the Campaign Scenario story mode might seem like the
    primary mode in Tekken 6, it’s no more than a simple distraction from the real fighting at hand.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *