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 (744 reviews)
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
17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2014
Bardbarian is one of these games I went into "just to try", and find myself returning to now quite regularly. It has quite an original concept, being a tower defense with more than a twist. There is a central point to defend, and there are enemies coming in to attack, ever more, ever more strong. So far, so good.
But. The towers to defend your stronghold are not static, but are attached as party-members to the Bard you can steer around the battlefield, destroying enemies "on the fly" as it were. You do not attack yourself, but one can enhance the attacks of your party-members by playing short guitar-riffs, played free by collecting notes. Extra attack, speed, defence and a short freeze of the enemies come in handy as the waves of enemies get stronger. As usual, units and your Bard himself can be upgraded, for this one needs the coins the enemies drop in abundance.
In order to succeed, fast reactions and speedy thinking are necesarry. I found it difficult at first to keep an overview of the battlefield, as several issues need attention: where are the enemies coming in at thier strongest, which buffs are needed, did any of my units die so I have to summon a new one, is my stronghold still going strong, .... But after a while I got used to it and enjoyed running all over the place, with my little but brave party. Playing it with an Xbox 360-controller certainly helps and feels most natural.

Enemies get quite strong before halfway in the game, and so sustaining the 20 waves is no easy task. Every 5 levels there is a boss, but for the most part enemies do not change that much during the game. Still, with an extra "free run" mode (try to get as far as you can dodging the enemies) and with a "survival mode", one can come back to this game again and again. As can be expected nowadays, there are Steam trading cards and some inviting achievements, which really help to appreciate the game to the full. No classic, but still very enjoyable. Don't hesitate to buy this, especially when it's on sale or in a bundle.

Gameplay: 20/30
Graphics: 12/20
Sound: 9/10 (the combination of the sound-track and the guitar riffs works admirably well)
Longelivety: 14/20 (thanks to the extra modes, and to an extra difficulty level)
Technical & stability: 9/10
Personal rating: 7/10

Overall: 71/100
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Barbarians were known for their ruthlessness and brute strength in battle, but did you know they were also known for their tasty riffs and ability to shred? In Bardbarian you’re charged with protecting a village rather than destroying one. You don’t do it by clobbering your foes with axes and hammers. No, you use the power of music to save them!As you might have surmised from the game’s title, you play a bard in Bardbarian. Well, to be more accurate, you play a barbarian who decides to trade in his weapons in order to take up shredding on a different kind of axe; in this case, a musical one. It just so happens the day he makes this important, life-changing decision, his village is attacked by a bevy of orcs and other baddies. With axe in hand, he uses the power of song to inspire his fellow townspeople to rise up against the invaders.The premise of Bardbarian is fairly simple, and therein lies the fun. All of the action takes place in the village and your main goal is to protect its crystal. Waves of enemies will stream in from the forest to the right, so it’s your job to have Brad round up townspeople to defend their homes. Brad can call upon archers, healers, brawlers, dwarves, storm knights and other kinds of units.These guys can provide ranged damage, melee/projectile damage and healing for Brad and his party. The right combination of units can help you plow enemies en masse with ease, so pay careful attention to your party makeup with relation to the enemies on the field at any given time.Your party’s makeup matters a lot because spellcasters and ranged damage dealers will flank Brad while tough melee units will act as tanks and lead the party. Different classes have different aggro ranges, so you’ll either have to move Brad in very close to have units like Brawlers activate their attacks or kite enemies at a distance so that Archers can loose their arrows. As the game gets more difficult, more enemies appear onscreen at the same time, so you’ll have to be very judicious about your movements to make sure you’re inflicting optimum damage while also avoiding enemy projectiles.Gathering units expends Notes, which Brad generates by jamming out when he’s standing still. You merely need to tap on a portrait of a unit to spend Notes and have Brad play a sick solo to summon them from their homes. Once you’ve gathered your units and are ready to defend the town, killing baddies is as easy as dragging Brad around and getting his party within range of the enemies. They’ll fire off their shots, destroy enemies and continue following Brad around.Fallen enemies drop gold coins, which can then be used in the Item Shop. You’ll be able to purchase upgrades for Brad’s buffs, increase the size of his party, hire different units and even make upgrades to the town. The game can be very difficult, but it is also very fun and rewarding. You’ll have to tackle stages over and over to amass enough gold to upgrade everything to a level that gives you a fighting chance against bosses, but that’s part of Bardbarian’s fun.Bardbarian’s action is made all the more enjoyable thanks to the hand-drawn, cartoony graphics. The style is reminiscent of the multiplayer game, Castle Crashers, and adds the right amount of goofiness to the proceedings. If there is one thing that really holds Bardbarian back from being a truly perfect game, it’s the fact that it’s so challenging. While the difficulty may be fun for fans of the genre it kind of hampers the story a bit and may cause other gamers to lose interest.Bardbarian is a heavy blast of cartoon violence that slowly but surely develops into a concentrated and exciting action game, that's not quite like anything you've played before.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
everything about this game is perfect for it
great music
lovely artwork
nice multiple gameplay modes
easy controls
a refreshing take on tower defense genre

some might complain about the grind but I think that is only there to keep it challenging and interesting to replay it
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Immensely more fun than I had anticipated.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
I was playing then magically transported to the realm "it's 3 am and my head smacked my keyboard". Un healthly addicting, and you can play it for 10 minutes or 10 hours. Perfect for when "she" says, I'll be out in 10 minutes...we'll see, we'll see......

Recommend a controller, not needed though. Best 5 bucks I spent in the last month
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
Decently fun horde-based bard-oriented carnage. Don't go looking for ultra depth but it's good fun while it lasts and offers enough variety. Fairly good challenge but relatively easy to 100% so for those who lack time (like me) that's always a plus. Recommended if you don't have much to play (which won't happen, I know) or if you want to pass time at work or something. Oh, it has loads of cameos of other indie game characters!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
First I thought this was going to be one of those bundle filler games that are good for nothing (except filling bundles ofc). I was surprised to find a pretty damn good game. Try it out, you probably won´t be disappointed!

Good gameplay
Simple but enjoyable mechanics
Plenty of replayability (if that is your thing)
Not too long, not too short
Awesome price
Good music

Simple (you really don´t need a brain here)
Not too long, not too short
Needs more music :(
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
Hope this will help other gamers and rogue-like/light enthusiasts, have fun! ^.^

Bardbarian is like binding of isaac mostly but without randomly generated rooms, items beeing gained by collecting money from mobs;

Cons (most are small inconveniencies):
- not the best looking game for those who care for such things;
- not a very challenging game;
- can be a bit grindy;
- once last class aquired other classes are more or less useless (but if you want it to be challenging you can pick other classes);

- not a very challenging game;
- has a good variety of classes and upgrades;
- has 4 modes, survival, escape, normal and Day 2(infinite waves);
- music is not bad despite repeating;
- an ok number of monsters (with diferent atacks);
- controls seemed responsive for me;
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
I played this game for hours , I think the curve (values for balancing) isn't right.. this feels like mobile game. Yeah I notice that bardbarian have mobile version (probably mobile version come first), i expect the dev already aware about this before launching it on steam, this game is good, but very very repetitive

- good music
- nice graphic

- the game economic, it feels like MOBILE game :( please don't put us as free user when we actually pay in steam

I can't review becaues my time is limited, but that's my impression after 4-6 hours of playing
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
I took a chance on this game cuz it was on sale on Humble Bundle, I looked at it and fell in love with the art style, and then i Played it and liked it even more, i havent played a tower defense like this game, and im a fan of the genre, if you enjoy grinding for upgrades and those type of games this is a game for you, if youre a casual gamer its also a nice game, I reccommend this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
A neat PvZ style tower defense game featuring many guitar solos and co-starring Super Meat Boy. Also serves as a prime example of a mobile port that makes the effort to transition over to PC instead of just dumping a game with mouse based touch conrols on here.

Want to see some gameplay? Check out my Bundle Buys video on the title!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
you love rock/metal? or just good jam while playing? you like td games? well just play it. it really gets you and you will want to play more more and more.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
Bardbarian is a delightfully charming tower defense game. As Brad, the guitar playing barbarian, you lead your merry gang of friends (towers) around with you, defending your towns crystal from exploding. There are a large assortment of upgrades (both to your friends, yourself and your city) and the simple yet challenging game play makes for quite a bit of variation in your individual defending style.

It's like Caterpillar meets Brütal Legends meets Dungeon Defenders. Solid 4/5.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
Do I recommend this game? Yes. With all my heart.

A Cute little game, which has you running around as the Bardbarian, Yes, A Bard/Barbarian. A Kick-♥♥♥ entertainer, who's job is to play music through his battleaxe shaped guitar, and summon different warriors with the notes collected. The nights start out easy, a small amount of weak enemies, but that changes fast. This game, for a small price tag, will bring more entertainment than some of the larger titles. Make sure you invest in the raccoon!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
a fun and lighthearted game that is easy to pick up and makes for a great feeling of success through conquest and upgrades.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
"Bardbarian" is a kind-of tower defense game with the towers being minions that you can spawn around you.

The further you get in the game, especially on Insane mode, it becomes a bullet hell shmup with different strategy approaches using a combination of 3 out of 15 minions like archers, mages, healers etc. It's your choice if you want a tanky front of paladins, followed by a group of mages to bomb your enemies and healer to support you and your team, or an army of knife-throwing ninjas and a single necromancer behind you, giving you a zombie meat shield up front (I chose that for Insane mode) or something completely different.

In addition, you get an awesome catchy Metal theme, cute graphics, lots of upgrades to purchase and the additional game modes Endless and Escape. All in all an awesome deal of many fun hours for a cheap price (especially when reduced).

I highly recommend this game to anyone that isn't disgusted by tower defense games and (not too hard) bullet hell shmups.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
Totally worth the 1+euro for this game.
Probably one of the easiest games to get all the achivements in, if you're in to that.
Wouldn't recommend the game at it's full price.
It's one of those game that you play through, get the achivements and then probably never play again.

If you buy the game, play a new game once installed and then just exit to menu and start a new game again, so you pick insane mode right away. It's not really any harder than normal at all + you get loads of more cash.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
I didn't make the connection while playing, but I can now easily see where someone would classify Bardbarian as a 'tower defense' game where you move the towers around a big map.

Though, by that same definition, Robotron and Smash TV might also be called 'tower defense'. **mind blown**

Fun, quick and humorous. I've enjoyed this delightful little overhead shooter for a while on Android, but was frustrated by having my finger in the way of the action -- plays much better with a gamepad or mouse/keyboard. Glad to see the developer brought it to the desktop.

On the down side, it's not particularly deep, and it's eventually as repetitive as one might expect. But hey: video games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Imagine Plants Vs. Zombies if the plants had legs and you'd get a fairly close representation of this game.
- Solid controls
- Nice art
- Fun gameplay
- You really feel a sense of progression as you replay the levels with stronger guys.
- Multiple difficulty levels and game modes.
- Lots of replayability (to a point)

- It can feel really grindy. The best way to get money is to start from Wave 1, but by the time you're comfortably passing wave 6 or 7 the earlier levels just stop being interesting.
- The song is nice for the first 2 hours. Then you're over it.
- Using the controller, there will sometimes be a bug where you can't use any of your powerups (special songs). This is basically game-breaking on insane mode.
- The extra game modes (survival, distance) are a little lame. It's neat they're there, but they're not very interesting.
- A few weird art decisions/errors. Some of the boss animations bug out upon defeat, and there's a few characters with poor/weird art choices (the zombies are in the style of Paper Mario, for example).

It's awesome fun. Pick it up on sale and you won't be dissapointed.
12 hours to 100% completion. Probably around 3 to play through the inital game once.
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