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?
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Release Date: Dec 3, 2013

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May 9

Episode 3 Coming Soon, Nicalis news!

Hello again, Tiny Barbarian Friends! Just a long-awaited update to let you know that Episode 3 is extremely close to release, and we'll have an announcement on the specifics (like, you know, a date) really soon. I know it's lame to announce that there will be an announcement, so here's a few screens:

Additionally, you may even have already heard this one, but Nicalis will be publishing the final release of the game when episode 4 is ready to go. That won't change your ownership of the game any, and in fact it may improve it--they've been working with me on cleaning up the code a bit, and the final release will likely have reduced system requirements and run a bit leaner as well.

Thanks again for your support and patience!

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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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • Storage: 80 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: .Net FrameWork 4.5.1
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Dual-core processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: PixelShader & Vertex Shader 1.1
    • Storage: 105 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Mono
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65 of 82 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.4 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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50 of 61 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
Options -> Control Config -> Auto Grab ON

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41 of 47 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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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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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
The game opens with you fighting off a horde of monsters on top of a mountain until you are overwhelmed, and then introduces you to the main menu. I really enjoy the Conan theme and all the other sorts of high fantasy barbarian themes in this game. It's outrageously “old style”, not just in its graphics but in its design and gameplay too. Extremely simple yet fairly challenging, it brings back fond memories of playing those old classic games, but if you haven't played those and/or are immune to the nostalgia effect, then there isn't much on offer for you here. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=579082749 http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=579080477

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18 of 29 people (62%) found this review helpful
2.8 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
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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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
3.0 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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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
About 2/5 levels have been finished. There is very little content but it is really good despite how little there is. Regardless, it is not worth buying until this game gets properly finished (highly doubtful).

This is for all intents and purposes an early access game even if it doesn't say it. So you know the drill.
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4.9 hrs
Posted: August 3
So a few years back I came along a demo of this very game, which I absolutly loved. I spent an hour to finish that and then went through it again with my much younger brother. So to then find over a year later that there was going to be a much larger game got me very excited. Well that was when the game came out and I can't lie, I haven't really played it since then. You see, back then when I baught this game I also started working full time and so the alure of AAA games at the time seemed better than a little indie game. But, I missed games with good pixel art, and saw this in my library, so here I am!

I've gone ahead and finsihed the first episode, which is great btw. It had me frustrated many times, mostly due to some of the hitboxs and timing of hits being a bit off. For example hitting a projectile had me attacking a bit in advanced rather than when is was at me, the former also resulting in a loss of health :( Due to this and other annoying factors the last boss fight was a huge pain in the ♥♥♥! Seriously though, I don't want to spoil it for you guys, but the game is hard enough as it is with out bad boss design. Okay, okay, not bad, but it could be better. However when you do beat that boss as well as the other hurdels the game throws at you, you get a certain level of accomplishment that more than makes up for the bad.

Its always so easy to mention the bad though, so I'd like to touch on the good too. Music, the chip tune music is great, catchy and changes when it starts to get repetitive. Pixel art, supurb! I'm actually a pixel artist myself so I can really appreciate how long it must takes to make something like this, spicifically with all the limitations this guys put on himself. And overall gameplay is also good, even the mount felt good to use, even though I found the sliding a tad annoying, I know why its there, but still annoyying.

Overall a good game, I look forward to episode 2! Which I'll get to once I recover from the last episode.
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3.2 hrs
Posted: July 18
I mean I'm not totally binning it, it's just for a barbarian game with a bunch of combos and elbow drops mostly what I'm doing is obnoxious platforming.
A lot of good energy , solid and engaging look and animation but a bunch of little things feel off; I-frames feel like a roulette , mantling is begrudging (kudos to the team making auto grab a feature though) , no blood spurt or animation to let you know you've killed an enemy mid combo so you can move on to the next one.

Oh and a game with hack and slash elements but all enemys damaging you upon contact feels goofy and tedious. Like trying to juggle enemys and then you get hurt because you touched them etc.

Just a lot of moments where it feels you got nailed and you didn't really see what you did wrong this time compared to the time before where you didn't.

If you exit mid chapter and then continue checkpoints are not the same as the ones you start from after dying. There's less of them.
Which seems really pointless? Is that a challenge feature? Really?

Look if you like a lot of classic platforming* and are okay with things feeling just a tad janky at times, it's a personable game that is some how is hard to hate.

Needs more fighting.

*medusa heads"
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6.1 hrs
Posted: June 29
A wonderfully made and extremely challenging game. Great music. Great level design. It's just really fantastic. It took me just over 6 hours to get through the two chapters that are currently available, but maybe I'm just awful (a highly likely possibility). It should be noted that there are only two chapters currently in the game, but more are coming, and what is there is well worth the asking price.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: May 28
An 8bit style game heavily influenced by Conan, the controls are simple and tight with solid music and visuals. If you want to walk to the right and hit things with a sword, this game might play better than many of the games you remember from the era it's modeled off of.

Highly recomended.
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8.5 hrs
Posted: April 22
Great 2d game. Very challenging. The music is epic. Worth the money. Great 2D pixel art. Beautiful vistals. Tough bosses. What more could you ask for?
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3.0 hrs
Posted: February 11
I'll give Tiny Barbarian credit for one thing, it has one of the best openings of any platformer around. Right when you start, the game pans up to a desperate mountaintop siege, you versus an endless horde of slavering monsters. The game proper starts when you inevitably die, but it's a great sort of free-form tutorial and a lot of fun on its own. It might also be the one truly unique part of the game, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable on the whole.

Tiny Barbarian is a retro platformer that poses you as a Conan-looking fellow about the size of a Broforce character (flexing and all!) against many stages of monsters and traps. In your quest to vanquish evil and rescue your comely companion, you'll master a host of sword slashes and combos that can juggle your opponents in hilarious fashion. You can also hang from and climb vines and chains, and vault up ledges you can't quite clear. The controls are tight and the challenges the stages present give you some creative workouts with them.

As a platformer, it hits all the right notes without being too terribly hard. You get a life bar of about seven hits before you go down, and death just puts you back at the start of the immediate area. There are two chapters to tackle, the first being a straightforward romp through deserts and caves to take on an evil warlord, and the second being a fantastic journey through jungles and on the backs of bees to save your beau. There's a jump in difficulty between the two that I didn't find particularly welcoming, but nothing that really turned me off of the game.

That's pretty much the whole package, about two hours of quality retro platforming. Don't expect any big unlocks or secrets, just jumping and hacking away. It occupies a nice space between the likes of Volgarr and Shovel Knight, more accessible than the former and simpler than the latter. Supposedly there are two more episodes coming, but they've been coming for years now so I wouldn't buy with that expectation in mind. Tiny Barbarian is still worth a look though if you want a platformer that's simple hack 'n' slash fun.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: January 18
Tiny Barbarian DX takes what was great about old gaming classics and gives us a great new adventure! Graphics, sound, and gameplay all top notch!!!

No respawn enemies a plus!!!
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5.4 hrs
Posted: January 10
Solid action platfromer.
Excellent level design and combat.
Outstanding ♥♥♥-kicking soundtrack. (the main reason I wanted to try the game out)
Just the right amount of challenge.
Fully recommend even without the promised upcoming adventures.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: January 6
I suppose devs just abandoned the development of this game.
2+ years on steam and still 2 out of 5 levels done.

These two are very enjoyable and I am waiting for more fun.
But I can't recommend it at this moment because of developer's lazyness.
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6.5 hrs
Posted: December 31, 2015
Let me just say that the rage that I felt while playing this game was much greater than when I played Volgarr. Especially because, of the eagles dear god the eagles. They come and then they hit you with their tricky talons and you would think with the amount you have killed they should be extinct but alas they are not.
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