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.
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Very Positive (1,148 reviews) - 90% of the 1,148 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 1, 2014

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About This Game

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.

  • 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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
I didn't really know what to expect out of this game. Thankfully, it's not so hard to pick up. It throws you right into the game without any notable intro/knowledge but don't worry, figuring everything out is a matter of few minutes. It doesn't take long and you will be addicted to Bardbarian.


Bardbarian takes the Tower Defense genre to a whole new level, where you can actually influence the outcome of a battle, whether you just move differently or have other units spawned. Every level usually somehow differs each time you play it. However, if you play a certain level few times, you can actually remember when and where a specific enemy spawns. That being said, it is not a big deal since you'd have to spend too many hours in this game to actually remember the pattern of spawning. Besides the regular adventure/story mode, there are two more game modes: survival and escape. Both of them bring a fresh air if you're just burnt out of the main mode and I must say that surprisingly enough, I've enjoyed these. Plus you can unlock some of otherwise not approachable units and you can come up with some other interesting strategies. So far I'm using ordinary units more but might give those specials try if I ever struggle with some specific level. And yeah, you'll find yourself struggling with a level more often than you're willing to admit but don't worry, it gets better with almost every upgrade. Far better when you find yourself some comfortable unit combinations. One more noticable thing: sound. The way this game works with soundtrack and sound effects is just beautiful.

- visual side
- controls/gameplay
- trading cards
- sound effects and soundtrack
- grinding
- replay value
- achievements + trading cards
- crossover features with other indie games

- lacks events/seasons updates (last update was on Halloween, still in the game to this game which kinda doesn't make sense)


I love this game. It sets the standard for Tower Defense games too high and it'll honestly be a hard quest for other games to overcome the great experience I've had playing Bardbarian. I'd highly recommend it to every casual gamer out there, heck, even to those hardcore gamers, you can spend some quality time playing this game as well.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Stuck on a wave? Buy some friends! Bacon can be the difference between life and death.

Bardbarian is a casual RPG "tower defence" game. You play as Brad the Bardbarian and your aim is to protect the town crystal, which is conveniently placed at the end of the town, with a huge field of open grass separating it from the forest. This game is different to other games in the RPG tower defense genre, however, because instead of the main protagonist, Brad, fighting, he summons troops using notes that he has played on his lute to fight for him. The troops can range from wizards and mages to knights to even mechanics, so you can make some pretty interesting crew combinations.

The main idea of the game is very similar to that of "Earn to die". You obtain money as you play and you can use it later to upgrade things in three different categories. Your troops, your town, or yourself. This can lead to some extremely repetitive grinds for gold, but other than that the gameplay is excellent. There are 2 different types of difficulties: Casual, and Insane. Casual would be for people who haven't played much of the genre before, but for me, insane was just the right amount of difficulty to make it fun. Having to dodge while still being in range to shoot makes this like no other tower defence.

All in all, I'd say that everyone should give this game at least a shot. It's very enjoyable and the price is pretty fair for the content you get.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
this game is really fun! could be better with there and there but it is indeed a great game
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Bad. Grindy. Like a phone game or old Newgrounds flash game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Found this game again on my library!! it's been over 2 years that i last played it, i bought it and played straight 8 hours, really addictive, great gameplay, easy to udnerstand and simple! :) the only downside is, it's really short :( specially if you play it in 1 sitting ehehe :p can't wait for "bardbarian 2" if there will be one
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