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

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 105 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Mono
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Tourma
( 1.5 hrs on record )
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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Peanuts
( 8.5 hrs on record )
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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Audish
( 3.0 hrs on record )
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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Videogamevegas
( 0.7 hrs on record )
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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Pardinuz
( 5.4 hrs on record )
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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UBIJSTVO
( 2.0 hrs on record )
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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Keevlaary The Handsome Catfish
( 6.3 hrs on record )
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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Pank the Tank🐸
( 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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Burn
( 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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Shaft
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 5, 2015
Being a huge fan of Conan stories, "Tiny Barbarian" is a game I really wanted to like.

What immediately captured me was the art style, the soundtrack and the varied level design. And then it all fell apart...

As soon as the first enemies came, I slowly but surely came to detest the game. The combat mechanics always felt somewhat off, like I was never in total control. I would jump over that thrown spear and slash that guard, but then the next time I'd get hit, and I wouldn't know exactly why. Often times I felt the hitboxes were unfair. The bit that did it for me were the infinitely spawning enemies. Where the already extremely dissatisfying combat became even more so, and I gave up.

I really like the theme, so maybe I'll give a go sometime in the future, but for now I'll stay away from it.
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Shalashaska
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 18, 2015
It's theme song will hunt you in your dreams! Really hard game, the tension is real!
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Glimmergaunt
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7, 2015
Pros:
  • Fantasy-homage easter eggs
  • Solid attack combo system
  • Difficulty is more often than not a result of good design
  • Varied enemies
  • Last boss of the first campaign is Thulsa-Doom
  • Thulsa-Doom shoots snake arrows from a magic bow
Cons:
  • Very poor mount controls. Though mount sections are few, the controls are frustratingly bad and deaths become cheap
  • Lazy/generic tone shift in the second campaign. Colorful snake temples are put aside for caverns and ruins
  • Iffy camera can ruin many of the more difficult platforming sequences.

    Definitely one of the best platformers I've ever played. Issues are far outweighed by solid gameplay and Conan references.

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schmidt.j1
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5, 2015
Man I dig this little game for all its simplicities and charm. And ill be damned if I don't get that acheivement as the game starts. I've always loved my 2D side-scrolling platformers and this belongs right along with them. If you like this check out Vagante, which is another i find myself coming back to. I just wish this game was updated more often is truly my only complaint.
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Snickerabbit?
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20, 2015
Alright then...

Right off the bat, you may believe that this game is just another pixel art indie game with no sense of style or substance. Well unfortunately, after spending about 2 hours playing this game, I can safely say that this game is 100% accurate to the barbarian lifestyle and a DAMN fine Run-And-Slash platformer.

The overall presentation is immediately charming, with the first chapter starting off with a well implemented homage to Conan. From there, the game plays like a combination of golden axe and a low-fi rayman origins. You run, jump, attack, climb ledges (by the way, go into options, into config, turn on "AUTO GRAB" and thank me later), ride huge cats, get killed by rolling snakes. Y'know, the basics of any barbarian lifestyle.

The game itself can be described as taking inspiration from classic arcade games like the aformentioned golden axe whilst implementing its own unique style to make it interesting. However, this game can be rather unwieldly at times, with one poor jump sending into instant death (VERY common in chapter 2), or setting you so far back in progression that you'd might as well kill yourself to start the screen again.

The main aspects of this game that hooked me were the cute graphics, superb music and the simplicity of the controls when they weren't freaking out and getting me killed by gorillas and snake wizards.

If I were forced to grade this game, I'd give it a 6.5/10. Nothing groundbreaking and the controls freak a little occasionally, but it succeeds in producing a satisfying experience with charming visuals and decent challenge that won't deter Noobs and Vets alike.

P.S. The Manual (Check the library page) comes with a comic and an enemy and control breakdown. Nostalgia achieved.
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Manta
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15, 2015
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Samaranth
( 31.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26, 2015
This game is very fun, exept the promised two missing episodes never came. I'm still waiting for them.
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kvural
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13, 2015
Tiny Barbarian DX is a very good game, but not quite a great one. Admittedly, only two episodes have been made available at the time of writing, but having played them to near completion I think I have a pretty good feel for how the rest of it is going to go as well.

As a gaming experience, Tiny Barbarian doesn't put a foot wrong. The controls are simple to learn, a combo move keeps things interesting, and if you really want to you can flex your muscles in the middle of a life-or-death fight. The monsters are distinctive and challenging. The graphics and music design are pure retro 8-bit goodness (barring a couple of small anachronisms, like the floating Z's of the sleeping Barbarian). The checkpoints provide a way around the outdated lives system without taking away the sense of challenge or urgency, at least if you're aiming for a fast run or a no-death run.

The thing is, there's a difference between a great game and a game that doesn't make any mistakes. For all the skill and care that went into the game and its presentation, the whole experience still feels inescapably...familiar. You aren't really going to see anything here that you wouldn't have in some other 8-bit platformer, or platformer in general. There's no real experimentation, no high concept, nothing more than a token attempt at narrative, and the Conan-inspired aesthetic is there as window dressing rather than as a means of informing gameplay. These things may change with subsequent episodes, but personally I don't really see the developer deviating from a structure which has served the project well so far.

None of this is to say that Tiny Barbarian is a bad game - and I do recommend this game, because as an exercise in legitimate challenge it really is worth your time. It just feels light, even unnecessary - a throwback in an era which has already moved on. Braid has more interesting gameplay; Redder has more atmosphere; Fez looks better; Super Meat Boy is more exciting. This wouldn't be a fair comparison if Tiny Barbarian really were a retro game, but it isn't - it's an imitation of retro games, and ultimately it doesn't feel like anything more than an imitation.
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Samumu
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25, 2015
I love this game. Great retro platformer.
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Friar Rando
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13, 2015
A simple but very fun mix of sidescrolling bet 'em up with 2d platforming. Mechanically the game is straightforward and uncomplicated but still providing a challenge. What really elevates it however is the style. The game's art, from the gorgeous backdrops to the character design, is heavily inspired by classic pulp fantasy that wouldn't look out of place on the cover of a Conan novel. Perfectly complimenting the art is the high energy chiptune soundtrack which made me feel like a montage was about to break out at any moment.

It's simple, stylish, fun.
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greenman
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8, 2015
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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
14 of 19 people (74%) 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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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
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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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
64 of 81 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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51 of 62 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
Options -> Control Config -> Auto Grab ON

Enjoy!
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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2014
Careful: This game is currently 50% finished (even though it is NOT marked as early access) and progress seems to have halted. The content that is finished is at full release quality and well done. The developer funded the game through a kickstarter. He said he asked for the most realistic amount of money and the game "will be finished, it will be finished on time". Estimated full game delivery date was Jan 2013. The update with Episode (level) 2 took one year. Episode 3 seems to be nowhere in site.

I would rate this game as neutral if there was an option for that.


Update #1, Feb 18, 2015: 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.

Update #2, Mar 25, 2016: Another year has passed and the game still only has level 1 and 2, no level 3 or 4 yet. If you buy make sure you're okay with the possibility that he might not release the other half of the game.

Original Review Mar 19, 2014:
Awesome game, currently only has 1 level with the other 3 promised levels MIA. Hang tight on getting this to make sure he releases episodes 2-4 within the game first. As it stands you pay full price and get a game that is not in early access but is missing 75% of the game content.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2015
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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