What's a barbarian to do? Captured by crazed cultists, tied to a tree, and abandoned as buzzard chow, our pixelatd protagonist is ready for revenge! Sword & Sorcery! Might & Muscle! Are you Tiny enough for this Barbarian-sized adventure?
User reviews: Very Positive (116 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 3, 2013

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"An episodic platformer with very simple but very fun gameplay, and a catchy soundtrack."

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June 19

Episode 2 Now Available!



Hey everyone! Tiny Barbarian DX Episode 2 is now available! If you've already got the game, it should automatically update itself, and if you're a new player, it will be part of your initial installation.

Besides including a whole new campaign, here are a couple small changes you might not notice:

Auto-Grab: This is a new setting in Control Config. By setting it to be "on," you'll be able to grab vines and ledges just by pushing into them, rather than needing to hold "up." If you hold "down" it will negate the auto-grab.

Quick Flex: While not pressing anything else, hold Down + Attack to strike a pose anytime, without needing to wait for an idle animation!

For more information on these or other moves, please check the Tiny Barbarian DX PDF manual!

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Reviews

“If you aren’t pumped to play this game after the first 2 minutes, you either don’t have a pulse or hate excitement.”
4.5/5 – Horrible Night

About This Game

What's a barbarian to do? Captured by crazed cultists, tied to a tree, and abandoned as buzzard chow, our pixelatd protagonist is ready for revenge! Sword & Sorcery! Might & Muscle! Are you Tiny enough for this Barbarian-sized adventure?

Tiny Barbarian DX is an action-packed sword 'em up inspired by fantasy pulp fiction. Like those short stories, the game is split into four distinct episodes, each with a new setting, new enemies, and new music! Best of all, when you buy the game, you will get all other episodes as they become available! Episode 1 is available now, with more coming soon! What are you waiting for? It's Time to Get Tiny!

  • State of the art low-def graphics shock and amaze!
  • Slice and slam fearsome foes with stunning swordplay!
  • Jump, grab, and climb past precarious platforms push your pixel prowess to perfection!
  • Full Color PDF Manual!

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual-core processor (Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 5200+ 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible, PixelShader & Vertex Shader 1.1
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 80 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: .Net FrameWork 4.5.1
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Dual-core processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: PixelShader & Vertex Shader 1.1
    • Hard Drive: 105 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Mono
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Options -> Control Config -> Auto Grab ON

Enjoy!
Posted: June 28
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Tiny Barbarian dx is highly playable but short retro hack'em up. More, please!
Posted: September 8
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
What if Rastan and Rygar where taken improved and made into a kickass new game... this is even better than that. GET IT, PLAY IT, LOVE IT.

Or not, if you are lame.
Posted: August 25
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Somewhere in a desert wasteland, a tiny barbarian hangs crudely nailed to a tree. He contemplates the shifting of the sands, the hungry gleam in vultures' eyes, and the sweet brutal revenge he must take. Break free in as dramatic a way as possible! Your adventure begins!

Within 15 seconds of playing, you'll have savaged the local wildlife, defiled ancient ruins, and most likely ♥♥♥♥ed off about a dozen evil warlocks just by being alive. A few steps later you'll already be discovering secrets as you bash through cracking rocks to uncover coins, gems, and... meat! Collect treasure for score, and replenish health by eating strange meats you find hidden in crevices, or even just laying on the ground! Fearsome barbarians eat whatever they want!

Battle wizards and their beastly minions! Punch rocks until they turn into diamonds! Hack away at vicious armored soldiers intent on slaying you and taking away your totally sweet loincloth! Discover wondrous and deadly ancient mechanisms! Tame ferocious beasts! Flex your guns and pecs indiscriminately! Dangle from chains 1-handed like a true badass! Handle explosives with little to no care whatsoever! Dodge snake-based traps, the most fiendish kind of traps known to man! Experience love, lust, and loss! Followed by triumph! Possibly followed by even more lust, the most important emotion!

All this excitement (And more! So much more! Eventually!) is packed into an experience just under 2 hours long, with 3 more adventures (episodes) to follow once they're finished and released by the developer. All future episodes will be available to you for free by buying this game (Episode 1), with the second coming very soon as of the time of this review (and I use the term "review" loosely!).

If you can't wait that long because you're an impatient ♥♥♥♥♥ or have Restless Gamer-Finger Syndrome, this game includes an endless Horde Mode that strands you atop of a pyramid and pits you against an endless army of goblins, skeleton archers, and trolls! (Or possibly very large hairy barbarians, I can't tell, but they bleed all the same!) You might rage at the constant potshots the archers take, I find myself losing most of my health to them, but YMMV.

Enemy variety is alright, we'll probably see different enemies in the upcoming episodes. I'm more annoyed that there aren't that many enemies hanging out in the main game's levels. However, the ones that are there are strategically placed for a challenge, and Horde Mode has all the mobbing you could want.

Enough combat moves are available to keep you alive, but face it, all you really need is that badass Elbow Drop! Snake getting grabby? Elbow Drop! Need to deflect a barrage of arrows? Elbow Drop! Vulture trying to eat you? ELBOW DROP IT OUT OF THE SKYYYY!!!

The other moves are your basic slash attack, a useful 3-hit combo that sends enemies flying, an overhead swing useful for crowd control and deflecting arrows, and a midair spinning attack that multihits (I find it hard to pull off, the timing is weird). Check the Steam Community Discussion page for more info on the attacks. The main game is easy enough to play through with just the basic attack and occasional 3-hit combo, the extra moves are more for Horde Mode survival.

What else, what else... oh right, buy this game! The music fits the bill, the levels are well designed so they aren't monotonous, secrets aren't terribly hard to find thanks to the level design "hinting" at them, boss fights are entertaining, there are nekkid ladies, and that's about it. It's a simple and fun game that I'm sure is far from simple and fun to make, so throw your money at the developer so he can crank out those other Episodes.
Posted: June 8
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
it's pretty good. Lot of flaws in this one but it's not bad at least. I would still prefer Shovel Knight over this one, and I'm really not sure who thought it was a good idea to make a simple platformer like this episodic.

That said it looks good and has fairly good music. Doesn't stand out very much but it's catchy and good enough for the game. Strange thing about it though is the sound effects are awful. There's barely any to begin with and they're very simple and generic. It doesn't feel satisfying at all to combo/hit an enemy.

Level design is mostly not bad but there are A LOT and I mean A LOT of parts where it's like you climb up something and do some platforming, but if you miss the platform you fall down and have to start a whole section over again. It's really frusterating and obnoxious.

Bosses are kinda meh. Nothing to brag about and for the most part a little too annoying and trial and error. Not to the point I hate it but some of them just don't seemed design well. (aka the Donkey Kong boss when he throws barrels straight at you at the exact time you need to jump on a vine) The bosses are all pretty much "wait for boss to stop attacking, and go in on boss at certain time"

overall it's good enough to at least try when its on sale. I got it for a buck in an indie bundle and I'd say it's really worth it for that price since it also has cards which will give me some money back. There's only two "episodes" out right now and they're only an hour long.

If you like Platformers and have gone through most of your options you should try this flawed yet good enough game

oh also for the love of god turn on auto-grab
Posted: September 2
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55 of 71 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Tiny Barbarian is an indie gem. The gameplay is hard enough to be challenging and engaging enough to keep you playing until the end!

The music is top notch and the art direction really help make this game stand out.

I have put a good 7-10 hours into this game before it made it onto Steam.

I would recommend this game to anyone/everyone.
Posted: December 3, 2013
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