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 (566 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

PC
Mac
    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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Cheap yet fresh! Like a bag of tomatoes that taste surprisingly sweet.

You are the tower, set up your party and walk around as your buddies listen to your jams and kill the never-ending horde, so it goes.

If you're in the mood for a Tower Defense but are tired of Tower Defense, then play this Defense game. Plus it has Isaac and Meat Boy as a crappy unit: 11/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I thought I'd hate this game.

If you're like me, you've been burned by plenty of bad indi-games in the past.

But I'll be damned if this isn't a great spin on the tower defense genre.

I bought it for $1.25. I would easily pay full price for it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
"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
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Bardbiarian is a baby MOBA. No kidding! Its a single player MOBA on 1/2 a MOBA stage. You've got the 3 lanes spawning creeps and the goal is to defend the MOBA doohickey that will make you lose if destroyed. Its not difficult or complex.

On normal difficulty, this game stinks. Its insultingly easy. Bad enough I was going to give a negative review.

Hard difficulty... Well, that's where the game actually gets fun.

Bardbarian has a distinct newgroundsy free flash game feel to it. It also has annoying bugs that should be fixed but haven't. Also they didn't try to make the music loop properly which is way more annoying than you'd think.

Anyway, I found myself enjoying the game. $5 is a bit much for the state the game is in. If its on sale and you've got pocket change burning a hole in your pocket, you can't go too wrong. Just wish they'd f-ing fix the obvious very common bugs though. If they did, I'd say, "yes absolutely. This game is worth throwing $5 at."
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I think Bardarian is a good game. It is really fun. If you don't like 2d game then this game is not for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
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
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
Imagine Plants Vs. Zombies if the plants had legs and you'd get a fairly close representation of this game.
Pros:
- 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)

Cons:
- 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This game is so much fun! It's basically a roving tower defense game where you play as a Bard and you summon companions that follow you around to deal damage or heal the party. Everything Bard does uses music notes that slowly refresh or can be dropped by monsters. The companions, Bard and even the town itself can be upgraded with gold dropped from monsters. Great music, art, humor and gameplay right now you can snag it at 75% off, although I do feel it's totally worth the regular asking price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Good game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Bardbarian is a casual action game with hints of tower defense. I wasn't a huge fan of the game's cartoonish look, but tower defense is my favorite casual genre of game, and I go out of my way to try any game of the genre, whether it claims to add something new or not.

Bardbarian is fun in doses, but it quickly wears out its welcome. It adds something new to the tower defense genre, which is the fact that your "towers" are various characters that you can upgrade and you can influence their actions using music. You also have no stationary units (other than a full upgrade later on in the game where you can have units defend from on top of two buildings), and you are in charge of moving to the enemies and killing them off before they get close to your town center. While this is a new take on the genre, I didn't find that it added much enjoyment gameplay-wise, and in many cases, it turned out to be frustrating. You essentially have three entrances where enemies spawn, and the screen isn't large enough to cover the entire "field", so it's easy to be focusing on defeating enemies on one side of the screen and completely miss enemies coming through on the other side, because they are not visible on screen but only on the mini-map.

One of my favorite things about the tower defense genre is conquering maps and moving onto new challenging maps, and figuring out the best strategies for handling the routes enemies would take. Unfortunately, Bardbarian has one map, and one map only. It's understandable, in a way, because your towers are not stationary, so therefore new maps wouldn't be necessary. However, the game quickly becomes dull and repetitive because your surroundings are never changing. To add insult to injury, this game is one of the biggest grindfests I've ever played. Reading other reviews that state it was developed for phones now that I've played the game makes total sense, because this game sure does play like a phone game. Expect to play the same levels and waves of enemies over and over and over and over in order to save enough gold to buy even some of the most basic upgrades. Also, there are 20 waves of enemies, total, in the game. 20 waves TOTAL, which is equal to about one or two maps in most other tower defense games. The game only saves your level progress at every five levels, so if you don't beat the boss at the ends of levels 5, 10, 15, and 20, don't expect to start back on the level you died on. You have to go all the way back to the beginning of that "section" to try again.

Another issue I find with the game is the fact that your units are so easily killed, even when fully upgraded. Playing through a grindfest of a game to save enough for certain upgrades can be somewhat justified if those upgrades make the player feel as if it was worth it, but upgrading anything--anything, from the Barbarian's own health to his units or the town itself--feels ultimately underwhelming.

The game also sports a survival mode (with one map to choose from) and an escape mode (one map). Both are ways to post high scores, add small value to the game, and potentially make a little extra gold. Survival mode is fun for a few tries, but escape wasn't really my cup of tea.

In summary, I began this review with the intention on giving the game a "recommended, but only on sale for $2.00 or less," but the more I thought about the game to write this, the more I realized I couldn't justify recommending it. In the end, it's up to you to decide, but I implore those fellow tower defense fans out there to find a different game of the genre to try. Bardbarian removes more enjoyment from the genre than it adds, and to be completely honest, it's possible that tagging this game as tower defense does it an injustice, because I went into this game wanting something that I ultimately did not get. Bardbarian can be fun, but it plays like an action casual phone or online Flash game. If you are willing to pay to purchase it with that in mind, you probably won't be disappointed. Otherwise, I'm sorry, but I cannot recommend this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
this game is one of the most awesome indie game i buy on steam 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I recommend this good game, worth the price. Hurry grab it when there is promotion. Just buy it, you won't regret it!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Good fun. Could have been better or more varied. Shows its colours as a mobile port.

The game is quite easy and more of a grindfest, but if play the 'insane' mode then it's actually more skill based and much much more fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Not one of the best TD games, but still a very original idea and fun. The game looks and feels incredibly generic, but while that would ruin most games, this game is designed so that it does not detract from the basics of the game so you can play comfortably. You get cool summoned characters, the enemies are decent, and the town drunk is hilarious, vomiting all over and slowing enemies down when they walk in it. It get really hard really fast and the only way is to grind out upgrades. If it weren't so over-the-top generic, I would give it a much higher score. Had it be the quality of a triple A game or even some higher quality indie games, it would be phenomenal.

Plus a barbarian playing his axe like a guitar instead of swinging it into enemies faces because he swore to never use it like that again is really dumb. 6/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This game is simply perfect
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
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 grind for gold instead.
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