You play as Brad the barbarian, who is awoken to the sounds of his town under siege. Today is different though; Brad has grown tired of fighting all the time. The usual grind for XP has grown dull, and he has decided to pursue his dreams of making music instead of shedding blood.
User reviews: Very Positive (601 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 1, 2014

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Thanks to Young Horses, Slick Ent Inc, and Team Meat for allowing us to do these amazing crossover exclusives for our Steam launch.

What is Bardbarian?
Bardbarian is a game! A game we've been lovingly working on for far too long and are ready to unleash on Steam with (hopefully) some love from the Greenlight Community.

What genre is the game?
It is a mixture of Tower Defense, RPG & RTS with some 'Shmup and Snake elements.

What's the Story?
You play as Brad the barbarian, who is awoken to the sounds of his town under siege. Today is different though; Brad has grown tired of fighting all the time. The usual grind for XP has grown dull, and he has decided to pursue his dreams of making music instead of shedding blood. Fashioning a lute out of an old axe, he steps out to save his town in the most bizarre of ways.

What's Gameplay like?
Move Brad around the battlefield and dodge incoming enemy attacks and projectiles. Brad is constantly playing his axe-lute and generating notes, standing still will cause him to "jam" and generate notes even faster. These notes act as your in-game resource; you can spend them to perform solos to summon units to follow and fight for you, as well as solos to boost their performance.

Navigate your party through the hordes of enemies, dodging and attacking, preventing them from destroying your town's prized decorative crystal. Survive waves to progress, collect loot, and unlock new units. Upon death you are able to visit the town shop in order to upgrade Brad, the town and your followers, in hopes to make it further next time.

Features!
  • Beautiful, hand-drawn artwork from start to finish
  • An awesome Rock/Metal original soundtrack by Maximum Satan
  • Bizarre genre-bending hybrid gameplay
  • 12 unique units to unlock
  • Customize your party loadout; Over 200 possible combinations
  • Collect loot from your fallen enemies and upgrade Brad, the town, and your units
  • A difficulty curve that will punish you for making mistakes, and you will
  • Over 8 enemy types to make you regret everything
  • 4 Epic boss battles to crush your spirits
  • Endless and Survival modes with leaderboards for when you're feeling competitive
  • Easter eggs and references galore, can you spot them all?
  • There's a dinosaur boss
  • There's also a Ratcoon, look at those sad little eyes

Steam/Greenlight Exclusive Features
  • Full controller support + KB+M
  • Revamped UI
  • Camera Control
  • Steam Cloud Saves
  • Rebalanced for Desktop
  • 3 Exclusive Indie Crossover Units
  • Steam Achievements/Leaderboards

Future Feature WishList
  • Steam Workshop Integration / Build & Customize your own campaigns & Units
  • More Levels
  • More Enemies
  • More Units
  • Sandbox mode
  • Looking into Local Co-Op

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64 bit editions) with Service Pack 2, Windows 7, or Windows 8 Classic
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbook class devices
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This game is tons of fun! You can easily get lost in it for a good amount of time.

Although It sort of has a grindy feel to it, kill enemies - get coins - die - upgrade - fight more, etc.. It is very fun and can be quite challenging as you get towards the harder enemies before you've upgraded your hero and his units. It is quite rewarding though, as you try to survive and unlock more characters and better stats for your group and battle area.

Good Fun, Do Recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
A very original concept and fun to play. The graphics are fun and have lots of bright colors, the sound is good, and the music is, well, 80's hair-metal guitar riffs that make my ears bleed and not in a good way. The units you can summon are mostly pretty cool (I use blue sword warriors or ninjas, a necromancer, and either a hammer stun thrower or mage) but some are basically useless. The enemies are nothing special and are pretty standard fare for a game like this. It has a few funny little things thrown in, like how you can recruit the town drunk to walk up and down the screen and barf out toxic vomit puddles that slow the enemy. The powerups are all cool and the game is a fair challenge, requiring some grinding and upgrading in order to beat the game. It even has a mode after you beat the game so you can play on longer and gives you new items and upgrades, something you rarely see in games.

7.5/10 good replay value
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Isaac & Meat boy in this game!! ENOUGH SAID!!!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
that music!!!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
10:30 pm - "I'll start this game up for just 5-10 minutes to see what it looks like, before bed"

4:30 am - "Why does my eyes hurt? Oh, it's because I was suppose to have went to bed, ALMOST SIX HOURS AGO!"

Funnest $0.59 I ever spent!
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10.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I'm not sure why everyone calls this tower defense, since it plainly isn't. Maybe none of them know what a shmup is. This is a game where your firing is largely out of your control, but you try to dodge around large numbers of projectiles, while manuevering so that your shooting kills enemies. This is a very fun take on the schmup genre, that I highly reccomend for the price
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20.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Amazing game, stupid, hilarious and addictive, grabbed it cheap but would pay full price. Lots of different units to try out and find a group that fits how you play. Love the final boss!
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15.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
A strange mix of RTS, RPG, and Bullet Hell, I actually really enjoyed this one.
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5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Simple and fun, worth the money!
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3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Personal Rating: 8 of 10

A different twist to Tower Defense with RPG twist. You basically controls a Bard which summons characters to your side to try and stop incoming waves of enemies. I know this was originally a mobile game but the PC port was great with different resolutions, balanced gameplay (upgrades are purchased with in game earned coins), keyboard supported plus 3 addtional units.

The reason I only gave this game an 8 instead of a full 10 was because I think it still lacked of content such as having more heroes, items, skills or perhaps, longer campaign. After completing the campaign, you can still replay them to earn cash or play the unending mode. The unending mode however automatically resume on the level you last died and it can be frustating specially when you cannot fully summon all units at once to resume but the enemies comes in hordes.

I do look forward to Bardbarian II with more witty ideas and content to the game from the developers!
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7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Play it with a controller, make good use of the right stick.
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Its like Metallica on steroids. And monsters.
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Awesome game.
Defend the tower (or the crystal) with you summons. Play some riffs to bring your summons.
You always start from 'wave1' and work your way up. You can pay (in-game currency) to start at another wave (if you reached that wave already).
You can buy powerups, unlocks summons (some of them from other games), upgrade your 'town'.
Easy gameplay, nice cartoon graphics, nice soundtrack.
It's a funny game.
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6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Very fun, worth it.
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7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I picked this game up while it was on sale and I have to say it was the best $1.50 I ever spent.

I have been playing Tower Defense games since before the concept really took off and the uniqueness this one brings to the table was well worth what time/money I spent playing it and I still go back to this one every once in a while!
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8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
It has some sort of spirit which I can relate only to the Realm of the Mad God. Gives all the pleasures of RPG elements without forcing you into reckless grinding. Game play is more about your skill rather than coins spent .

There is a guy puking all over the place. 11/10
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7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Around 7 hours worth of gameplay in this before you get sick of the music. For this game's price, the value is worth it.
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7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Great casual game, simple yet good looking, good music & sound effects, and just the right level of difficulty for fun after a hard day's work.
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Solo, fun to play 10/10
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4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Bardbarian is a somewhat fun game that mixes elements of bullet-hell and tower defense. The gameplay feels interesting, at first, but lacks more than a few hours of gameplay. I beat the game on Insane difficulty in about 3 hours. I have basically everything unlocked and maxed except for a few units (which would require grinding for another hour or so). Even on Insane difficulty, I found myself standing at the front gate killing enemies before they could even get a single shot off. Eventually you'd hit a wave / boss that's a brick wall and would require you to die and upgrade (sometimes a few times) before you could pass it. If the developer could smooth out this progression, it would feel much more exciting to play.

Besides all of the cons I've listed above, the game is some sort of Flash port. I have a gaming PC, and I get about 3 frames per second on the main title in windowed mode. In fullscreen mode, the main screen doesn't even load and the game crashes. I spent the first few hours after purchasing this game trying to solve this problem. The game is littered with other bugs as well.

I would avoid this game, personally, but if you like grindy games, I suppose I could recommend it at $1 or in a bundle somewhere.

2/5 Stars
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