Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Barbarian II: The Dungeon of Drax'

Rating:5 User: The Dean of Games

1988 Palace Software (UK)
by Paul Atkinson

I loved the first Barbarian, I always found it very beautiful and original within the beat em up genre, but I was absolutely astonished with the sequel.
It's again another beat em-up, you basically make the same moves and blows you did in the first game, but only this time it is possible to move from screen to screen, like in 'Fist II' which makes it a more immersing game. But what stands out here is quality of the graphics and the backgrounds, which I think are some the best in this sort of games. Level 1 is average but once you get to level 2 you will know what I mean. Just look at some of the monsters you get: dinosaurs, giant demons, big felines and lots of weird middle age fantastic creatures. The great animated sequence when entering a dark tunnel/cave is also very goog. Also the humour scattered around in the mix is a must, just take a look at the final scene and tell me I'm wrong.
Highly recommend for anyone who (still) enjoys Spectrum beat em-ups games or any fan of middle age themes.

4,5 points