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 (157 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 3, 2013

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"Showed at PAX Prime 2013 - We have always preferred our barbarians to be pocket-sized, and this game did not disappoint."

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“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

Windows
Mac OS X
    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
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
I love this game!

Obviously there's tons of tributes to Conan, mainly the 80s Governator movie. One thing by the end boss was really awesome!

Still there's more to it than that. Lots of other fantasy influences, most will recognize the thief and riding beast from Golden Axe. I imagine the sorcerers who appear later in the game are a tip of the helmet to Tar'hai wizards from the "Airtight Garage".

The game is brutal, punishing and at the same time fun and exhilerating. It's perfectly designed levels, tons of playback such as finding all the diamonds, and has the control it demands. Only two levels as I write this - found another incredible Golden Axe tribute part way through, a hidden area.


This game is SOOOO worth the money and I hope they make more levels, but well worth it for one, certainly two. The beginning mini-game "Against the Horde" is feature enough for some casual gaming fun!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Great action platformer, reminiscent of the NES games I grew up with. Beautiful 2D sprite animations, wonderful chiptune music and easy to pick up, difficult to master gameplay. Check out my video review for more impressions: Steam Bin : Episode 001 : Tiny Barbarian DX: http://youtu.be/afTNSycS4vg
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42 of 49 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
Options -> Control Config -> Auto Grab ON

Enjoy!
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58 of 75 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
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.
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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
What do you like doing with your time? Does it involve killing snake, bird and miscellaneous soldiers that probably had a famillies to go home to? Maybe while doing some solid platforming and pillaging their greatest treasures? Yes? Then Tiny Barbarian is the game for you! Damn right those children are going to have a terrible Christmas, you just murdered their parents! All in a day's work for a barbarian.

I've beat this game at least 5 times before it made its way onto Steam, and everytime I do I feel a little more barbaric. Can you say the same? Of course you can't, YOU HAVEN'T BOUGHT THIS GAME YET! Why not? Is it because of the murdering potential parents thing? Don't worry about that, you're probably doing those kids a favor. Now they can grow up to be masked vigilantes that call you their nemesis. Sounds like a win win to me. You get awesome masked vigilantes in the world and a new foe to vanquish, BEING A BARBARIAN IS AWESOME.

Let's recap here, you platform in this game, you murder everything in this game and you pillage their greatest treasures. This is the most realistic and advanced barbarian simulation game I have ever played, just a little Tinier.
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
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.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Tiny Barbarian dx is highly playable but short retro hack'em up. More, please!
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2014
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 ♥♥♥♥♥♥ 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 prick 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.
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Remember the old arcade platformers/games, Golden Axe, Rastan Saga.

This brings em back with a knockout soundtrack to boot.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
This game has very responsive and well designed controls, and really if you are a fan of the fantasy barbarian genre it is a must buy decision.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2014
Update: After more than a year Episode 2 is now available for free within the game. Hopefully Episodes 3 & 4 won't also take 1-2 years each. Edit: We're nearing another year since Episode 2 was made available. This feels like one of those games where support may get dropped before the promised content is delivered.

Awesome game. Hang tight on getting it and make sure he releases the episode 3-4 updates within the game first. As it stands you will pay full price and get a game that is not in early access but is missing about 50% of the promised content.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
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
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Awesome game, and Three more episodes coming! To me it felt more like a hybrid of 8 and 16bit, as opposed to just an NES title, as many suggest. Really tight and fluid controls - I never died and screamed at my controller. Kickass music, some humorous scenes. Has Wallchicken. Has Epic boss battles.

Honestly I wasn't impressed at first but it just got better and better. This episode took me about two hours, but I enjoyed it enough to want to go through again and see if I can raise in the leaderboards, maybe even do some Horde Mode. Even at 2 hours, with 3 more episodes it will hopefully add a good amount of time, and I'm actually hyped to wait for another.

If you're an Oldschool Gamer, this is not a let-down.

Only nitpick is the SFX aren't very good, which is clear when you first startup as the beginning scene has no music. Makes the music that much more Epic when you hear it but still...

Totally worth it. Love it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Simple story, simple gameplay mechanics, but fairly hard game. I had some trouble at certain points on certain stages, but overall the game is pretty solid. Nothing too special, but solid. Best thing I can say is that it's sweet and short. 8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
I like everything about this game. Great art. Great Music. Great gameplay. Definitely worth picking up.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
A very short, but VERY solid action platformer with a killer soundtrack. It controls smoothly and is very quick to understand. The only reason I would say to maybe not get it is because of the length; my first playthrough took only an hour. The game promises more episodes are coming, but right now it's a very quick experience. Still really good, though.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
first time i play this game : "dude, it's too easy"
25 minutes later : "f*ck those f*ckin bats !!!"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
PUMPING SOUNDTRACK!!!!!! PIXELS!!!!!! PUNCHING GNOMES IN THE FACE!!!!! BABES!!!!!!! MORE PIXELS!!!!!!
what else is there to say? it is an instant hit with me and i would reccomend it to anyone who wants to sit back for a few hours and listen to some amazing music whilst playing a challenging (but not rage inducing) game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Nifty little homage to old Castlevania/Goldenaxe/Sonic 2 era games (and those are the ones i recognized it cribbing from). Only has two levels right now, but they're both about an hour long, minimum. It's also extremely generous with checkpoints, and dying only sets you at the start of the current room.

That said, the ledge/chain/vine grabbing control is a bit jank to do on a 360 pad.

PS. ♥♥♥♥ Castlevania Birds.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
This game is the proof that a game with simple retro graphics can still be great. You play the part of -what else- a tiny barbarian character, hacking and slashing your way to your goal. Very rewarding gameplay that doesn't make your nose bleed from frustration, meaning that the difficulty is just right. At the time of this review, the game came with one episode available, but the rest will follow as free content. A true tiny gem!
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