Barbarian Brawl is a fast-paced, third-person multiplayer brawler, where hoards of angry, dangerous and hungry Barbarians are out to fight, kill and eat ham... Possibly not in that order.
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Mixed (34 reviews) - 52% of the 34 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 12, 2015

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About This Game

Barbarians. Violence. Ham.

Isn't that all you need to know?

...Oh, okay then.

What is Barbarian Brawl?

Barbarian Brawl is a 3rd person multiplayer action brawler, where you battle in groups of up to 20-players in a deadly, trap-ridden battle arena, which also resembles a Barbarian village, because nothing says welcome home like a swinging guillotine or hidden bear trap.

It has a story?

Sort of. In a small camp high in the mountains of a fictional universe that hasn't been named (any ideas?), lives a little known tribe of Barbarians who mostly fight each other and eat lots of ham. LOTS of ham. Ham is really good you see, and it gives the Barbarians more energy to fight... and so the cycle continues.


Choose one of the six unique Barbarians, each with their own key strengths, weaknesses and awesome names.

  • Baarbaar
  • Klondike
  • Mr Rotten
  • Buttercup
  • BrynHildr
  • Crazy Eyes

Game modes

  • Free-for-All
Free-for-All is all about bashing in skulls and dismembering limbs. You know the deal. In this mode, the ham you collect can be eaten to increase your health.

  • Team Death Match
TDM is all about ham! The goal is to collect as much delicious ham as possible before other Barbarians beat you to it. Be sure to keep an eye out for the legendary golden ham that will spawn randomly on the map. [note: the golden ham cannot be eaten!]


For the bloodthirsty Barbarians out there we have assembled a huge range of weapons for you to swing at each other.

  • Sword – A weapon of only the noblest Barbarians.
  • Scythe – A tool for farmers? Not when wielded by bloodthirsty Barbarians.
  • Club – Surprisingly efficient at bashing skulls!
  • Axe – Limbs, necks, torsos. Severs just about anything.
  • Halberd – Keep your enemies at a distance.
  • Knife – The pointy end goes in the other guy.
  • Hammer – Stop! Hammer time (sorry, we couldn't help ourselves).


Watch Out! Traps add a new layer of difficulty, so mind where you step!

  • Bear Trap – Designed to catch dinner, but catches Barbarians just as well.
  • Guillotine – One small giant … oh yep you’re fish food.
  • Spike Trap –You won’t be walking away from this one.
  • Spinning Trap – Whilst easy to spot you will be surprised how difficult it is to navigate safely.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista 64 bit
    • Processor: 64-bit Dual Core CPU running at 2.0 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card supporting Shader Model 3.0 and 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: 64-bit Dual Core CPU running at 3.0 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card supporting Shader Model 3.0 and 1 GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2015
considering no one plays, the fighting mechanics are awful, and theres only one map, the price isnt at all worth it.

the most people i found on a server was 2 (which is quite astonishing actually). we quickly learned bots dont spawn when theres more than two humans in a game. so that got boring really fast.

PS. the devs said they are going to add more maps after they perfect the main arena map, although theres still not enough content right now to justify a purchase.

might be a lot better in the future, but this is a review of the game in the state its in now
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2015
Warning: Humor, blood, and ham... yes ham ahead

Like MOBA's but hate the complex strategy's and BM'ing from trolls? Enter Barbarian Brawl! Beat the snot out of your opponents while avoiding multiple types of traps. Up to 20 person battles where the first to 50 kills wins! Music and blood are exactly on par for this game. Multiple characters to unlock and weapons to purchase. The game is new so check out both EU and US servers to see if there are people playing. The devs are very responsive to feedback so don't be afraid to visit the community hub.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
Such a shame: this game could have been so much more.
One Map?
No players?
What happened?

It actually looks like a group of humans, not BOTS could have really got into it. No humans will play if its just ONE map - was there any marketing?? all-time peak was 10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Its a 100% non working game with no servers to play thru.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2015
OMG this game had so much potential: nice cartoonish design, dynamic PvP battles and Vikings of course!!! I liked the concept so I bought it for me and my bf straight away. Big mistake...

Indeed, you'll be fed up after 2 or 4 hours of gameplay because of 3 main reasons:
- ONLY ONE MAP (and a small one !!!!)
For the price, 10 maps would have been the minimum required.
Servors are empty, really empty!!! We met a guy once few days after the game release and that was it.
Of course, who wants to play on the same map over and over again ??!!

AVOID THIS GAME! Great potential but not finished at all!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2015
No players whatsoever
Only one map
The "fighting" is horrible
Everything about this game was cheaply made and thrown into the dumpster

don't waste your pennies
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2015
If you love playing games like TF2 and if you are waiting for Battlecry this is the game for you. Graphics is not that good and there is still some glitches. But, its not an unfinished game and its not a bad game. Server performance is solid. I did not get any lag or DC during my total play time. Gameplay is not unfair In a word it's a good game but will be a great game with the help of players and a lil bit polishing from Dev.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
Barbarian Brawl is a simple yet enjoyable brawler set in a single (for now), large, and graphically appealing map. The game provides a variety of objects that can help or harm your barbaric lifestyle. The map is riddled with traps and contraptions that are looking to cull the uninitiated. Throughout a match, various orbs and magical mists appear to help the barbarian in becoming a survivor and attaining god-like status. It's a great and fun way to challenge your friends and have fun at the expense of their flying dead bodies. The developers at Thrillion have also included achievements and trading cards for those interested.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2015
Barbarian Brawl, what is it? Well the name pretty much states it you as the player get to choose from a list of 6 barbarians, but you really only start out with one, each barbarian has their pros & cons but i'm not going to get into that... Once you have selected your barbarian you then can either use quick battle or server browser, but since the servers are completely empty, you are gonna want to select quick battle. Then after a couple seconds you load into a map, noted there is only one map you can chose, which gets rather boring after a little while... now that you have spawned in, you really have to spend some time messing around, cuz sadly there is no tutorial, which in my opinion is the main source of why the servers are empty cuz you don't have a clue what to do. So after spending some time messing around i understood some things, bet i still felt that i was still missing some stuff, what i did understand was the health, the score, chat box, who killed who thing, but there was some other stuff i am still puzzled about... That was a summary of what i though of the game, i will go more into the pros/cons of the game below.

- the death physics is cool, & really funny
- can be a fun game if the servers were more populated
- good soundtrack
- game isn't demanding specs wise
- has a cool cartoonish look to it

-There is no tutorial which is a huge turnoff for the game, because you don't know what to do, so you can't fully enjoy it, & instead you become frustrated & lose interest, making a tutorial can really help save this game.

-The servers are empty, i saw only one other player get on, which was probably due to no tutorial

-since there is only one map it can get a bit boring, also the map needs some tuning, some parts of it will be stacked with traps, while other areas are completely empty, so the skilled ones are likely to not step within a couple feet of the trap-covered areas, since they would have the skill advantage, while the noobs would be more likely to hang out in the trap area, since it would be easier to get kills.

- more gamemodes, there is only deathmatch, which like i said gets boring after a little while.

- more warriors/weapons, with any mutiplayer only game, you need to keep coming out with new content/tweaking things in order to keep people interested.

Conclusion: I really don't want to give this game a thumbs down, because this game is fixable, compared to some games on steam, that devs leave out to dry, but since there is only a thumbs-up or thumbs-down option on Steam, i have no choice to give it thumbs-down, because i don't want to tell people to pay $9.99 for a game that is currently empty, & has some problems with it. I do wish though that steam would a third choice for recommendation in the review, like "Too Early to Say", or simpy "Unsure at the Moment", anyway the review will change for the game over the course of the next couple months as Thrillion makes some adjustments/tweaks for the game.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2015
it is really good hack and slash game to play it just needs more players, so join us and buy copies for you and your friends
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0.8 hrs
Posted: May 10
Totally abandoned virtually after release.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: May 1, 2015
Trap simulator 2015.
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13.0 hrs
Posted: April 3, 2015
EDIT: Game had been abandoned nearly since launch but it is now LITERALLY unplayable as servers are down and there is no option for individual players to create listen or dedicated servers. This game should probably be removed from sale.

Review At A Glance

* Chaotic, fast paced gameplay
* Bash your friends over the head with grievous, nasty medieval weapons!
* Beautiful, cartoony graphics and smooth animation
* Satisfying combat and gore
* Great sense of humor
* Just pure fun!

*Single map
*Multiplayer only, not many players at the time
*Bots are pretty buggy

Barbarian Brawl is a fast paced third person perspective multiplayer brawler with a great sense of humor. It is the prototypical party game; ideal to dish out some virtual damage on friends and family. Controls are responsive and intuitive, and gameplay has enough intricacies to keep it interesting for countless hours. Sadly, game servers are routinely empty, so it is nearly impossible to drop into an on-going game. Bots are buggy at best, commonly getting stuck in different spots of the map. At this time, if you want to go for a fun ride, you'll have to invite and bring your friends. I recommend this game only if you have friends that have a copy or if you are willing to grab one for a few friends. Otherwise, you are better off waiting for the game to build a community or should hold off until bots are more functional.

In Depth Review, Proceed with caution!:

Barbarians are angry and hungry. They enjoy bashing things into oblivion with a varied assortment of weapons and they need ham, lots of ham. You and your barbarian adversaries spawn in a village rigged with multiple environmental hazards and terrain; ideally designed with hand to hand combat in mind.

A barbarian's goal is to annihilate every other opponent, and to hog all the ham. Destroying other barbarians is the most common source of ham. Don't ask me what ham is made of! To accomplish these goals you will have to be elusive and time your attacks/blocks to match the refractory period/attacks of your enemies while avoiding environmetal hazards.

There are 2 game modes: Free for All and Team DeathMatch. Up to 20 players can play at once. Overall, the gameplay is satisfying. There is no walking or crouching, only running while wielding your blunt or bladed weapon. Spacebar is default for jump, and the control of the character is tight and responsive. The jumping and landing are "sticky," which makes it easy to jump over and off of structures, allowing for maneuverability and better control of your player. While fast paced, its easy to be accurate and its fun to dart in and out of danger to get those hits in. After you destroy your opponent, you can kick around their remains and their weapon.

Controls are straightforward. The left mouse button is default attack button; a click results in a weak, quick attack while holding the button allows the player to do a charged, strong, slower attack. Right mouse button is default block, Q key to Stun and E key to heal. Each time you heal, you use 1 unit of ham. Controllers are supported and mappings customizeable, my XBOX 360 controller ran flawlessly.

Several power-ups that spawn during the course of the game: Berserk orb and a Ninja orb; these increase the power/damage of your hits and the speed of your player, respectively. There is also Ham, which only spawns in a designated portion of the fight map (Gladiator combat arena). Ham gives you points which you can use to buy weapons. A ham counter on top center of your screen marks the time of the next Ham spawn.

Additionally, there is a random pink cloud that spawns in designated portions of the arena. Staying in this cloud will either heal your wounds over time, at a faster pace than they would otherwise, or give you Mega Damage.

On game start, you are asked to choose EU or US servers. Even though either EU or US server games will contribute towards your steam achievements, ham and character unlocks accrued are specific to either EU or US servers. In other words, your character unlocks and ham will not cross over between regions.

Visual polish abounds. The characters and the world have a cartoonish, yet detailed look. There are six characters to choose from, all meticulously desiged with a distinctive look. They have different Max Health, HP regeneration, Damage per second and Speed attributes. There are 11 different weapons, with different damage and speed attributes. Reach attribute is not described but also varies between weapons. The game is beautiful at higher resolutions.

Even though only one map is available, it provides a wide range of terrain and locations. This allows for good variety in combat, terrain can be both foe or ally. Flats, grassy knolls, village huts, fences, bridges, narrow passageways, a round gladiator arena and a small forest are all encountered in the single provided map. These structures can provide both defensive and offensive advantages. Additionally, there is a small, deadly lake.

The environment is riddled with a cornucopia of hazards that spice the gameplay up. There are snapping bear traps, stationary wooden poles with rotating blades, guillotines and spike traps. These are always located in the same location of the map, so getting to know their location can again provide an advantage, as you can lure unsuspecting opponents into some of these traps. Its always fun to hear a "Snap!" go out behind you as an enemy attempted to catch you unaware.

The music is epic and does complement the game appropriately. Sound effects are crisp and also fitting. Both accomplish their job without many whistles.


At first start, only one of the 6 possible characters is playable. Playing with different weapons and strategies is rewarded with character unlocks. Each character has a description of the actions necessary to unlock it. Moreover, the more you play, the more ham you will accumulate. Ham is the currency used to buy weapons. The wide range of characters and weapons allows for some experimenting and interesting combinations to mix/match fitting attributes. The gameplay is simple but small details such as powerups, healing clouds, hazards and terrain spice up the game and keep it fresh for a while. Sadly, there is a single map. This map does contain many different types of areas and terrains, yet, a variety of maps would increase replayability immensely.

If there was an active community, replayability would be medium/high. Although it can get repetitive, it is great fun to smash other barbarians, especially if these are friends. As it stands, it is hard to find a populated game server/lobby.

It is fairly easy to get to 100% achievements in this game, a Steam guide is available and instructs how to do this in under 3 hours. Game has a total 6 steam trading cards and provides 3 drops.

Barbarian Brawl is a simple, fun, yet addictive multiplayer brawler. Even though there are bots that technically allow for single player, these are quite buggy and too unreliable to make for an enjoyable single player experience. Currently, game servers are quite barren and it is rare to find other players. The game is truly at its best when you are playing against friends. I recommend this game if you have friends that have a copy or if you are willing to grab one for a few friends. Otherwise, you are better off waiting for the game to build a community or should hold off until bots are more functional.
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Super Nova
4.9 hrs
Posted: March 10, 2015
Suprisingly good gameplay; Takes like 5 seconds to learn the basic controls.

PvP and PvE at its best.

Only downside is; it should spawn a random boss that walks around the game arena as the PvE is like 4 mob/bot types.

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