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 (1,094 reviews) - 91% of the 1,094 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 1, 2014

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October 29, 2015

Bardbarian Halloween Update

Halloween has infected Bardbarian's town more than anticipated in this content update. Even the enemy hordes are joining in. Use your lute and loot skills to unlock a new character for your team. Have fun, and hope you enjoy our 2spooky update.

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August 20, 2015

TreeFortress Bundle

Hey everyone! We've made a bundle package that includes Bardbarian and our new game JumpJet Rex! It's currently on sale for $5, please check it out.

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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
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
You are a barbarian that is tired of pillaging and wants to be a bard instead.
So, Bardbarian. The entire backstory is there in the title.

Unfortunately this new devotion to music and abhorrence of inflicting violence could not be timed worse, since an invasion force of monsters is approaching the quiet town you live in.
Why? Nobody knows. There is no plot beyond the setting.

This leaves the town in a pickle though, without the barbarian they will need another way to protect their town.
Despite no longer fighting directly the Bardbarian has decided to help. The local adventurers' guild has plenty of warriors around and all they need to join the defence is some encouragement. Musical encouragement.

So the Bardbarian runs around the battlefield, playing (monotonous but fun) music to gather a resource called Notes. These notes can be spent to recruit warriors from the adventurers' guild who will start following you around the battlefield, attacking any enemies that come close.

This turns the game into a defence game, you navigate your group of adventurers around the battlefield to keep the monsters away from the town square where a magical crystal does... something important, apparently. Wave after wave, until you get a boss fight and move on to the next segment of the game and do it all over again.

After your almost inevitable failure you spend the gold you earned from the enemies the adventurers have vanquished to upgrade... quite a lot of different things. Upgrade your units, unlock new units, upgrade your own stats, research spells and facilities around the village that make your time just a bit easier.
A weird item that you can buy is the Golden Guitar, which doubles all future Gold income. It's a relic of the time where the game had a cash shop on mobile, but fortunately it can be bought with regular currency in this Steam version. You should do that as soon as possible.

All in all the game gets a bit repetitive as it goes on, and some of the later units are so much stronger than the other ones that you don't really feel like you're customizing so much as levelling that one unit until you get past the level you're stuck on.
However, it's a pretty game with a lot of content and a solid soundtrack.
Recommended if you're looking for a fun defence game.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
Decent tower defense. Feels a little too much like a mobile game for my true liking.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
7min of gameplay

5/10 tis cute

This game is like a action rts.
Your main character does not attack but can summon or rally his troops.
He has a little racoon pet that can be upgraded to fetch things like gold or items from the town folk.
You pick 3 out of up to 15 classes to take into battle to summon them and help you fight.
Bard will slowly gain notes over time or they can be dropped from enemies.
These are used to call in a unit or to use 1 of the 3 buff that will increase your party's attack, defense, or speed.
The villagers and fort can also be upgraded so they give you items and add defenders to your fort.
In the main story you play through 4 sets of 5 levels with the 5th always being a boss (there is also a days 2).
In Survival enemies and friendly units will randomly spawn on the board and you try to see how long you can stay alive without any bard powers.
In escape mode you have no bard powers and try to see how far you can get wile avoiding poison pools, enemies, & there shots.

Overall its not a bad take on rts games and the units do vary and will change your play style depending on who you bring.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
Interesting, unique concept,
good visuals,
bad menus,
looked like a little bit slow progression (played just the start - had to start grinding a bit for gold),
very casual game. Feels like mobile.

I can not recomment it for everyone (not sure if I shoud hit the thumbs up or down).
Only for those that look for a very casual game with rogue-like progression (die, then spend your gold for upgrades for the next life).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
This game is entertaing and has a good sense of humor while also having a decent amount of depth to the choices that you make when setting up the group of people that you plan on being able to call.

Some of the challenges are harder than expected while still being fun to try.
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