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Download Barbarian II - Dungeons of Drax

Barbarian II - Dungeons of Drax
 
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After the huge success of the game Death Sword, Epyx decided to make a sequel. Hang on. How can Barbarian II be a sequel a game called Death Sword? Simple. The first game was originally called Barbarian, it’s only the PC version that got the different name (don’t ask why). PC version of Barbarian 2 was called Axe of Rage, but they left "Barbarian II" in the game since PC players called the game Barbarian instead of Death Sword. 

First off I want to tell you, that you must use DOSBox to play the game and slow it down to some 500 cycles (pressing F11). Next you get to chose the graphic mode (I suggest EGA graphics, they’re the best option) and select weather or not you’re using a joystick. Now the game will be loaded. 

After rescuing the princess in the first part, evil Drax is back. You must stop him again, but this time he won't just let you enter his castle like before. There will be a lot of unfriendly monsters on your way. You get to play either as a princess (with a trusty sword) or as an axe swinging warrior. But I must explain how to move and fight. You should move the numeric part of the keyboard, where by pressing UP you’ll move forward, by pressing DOWN you’ll turn your character around. Holding SPACE and pressing UP will make the character jump forward (you need to jump over rivers and pits) and any other key you press while holding SPACE will perform an attack (either with the weapon or with the boot – yes, you get to kick those monsters). 

You’ll need to fight your way through three levels (the Wastelands, the Caverns and the Dungeons), before you reach the Inner Sanctum of Drax. All three levels are more or less the same; the only real change is the background. There are lot of different and original monsters (someone must had a weird nightmares before designing them). Good thing about them is that there is a different way for defeating each monster. Game background looks good at the start (wastelands got volcanoes, rivers of lava, human heads on the stakes...). Bad thing is that both monsters and backgrounds will soon become repetitive. Every level is a maze with 28 rooms that kills the game. There is also no obvious end of the level. You have to wander around until you get the message that you finished the level. On the way you need to collect two magic thingies from each level (without them you don’t stand a ghost of a chance on the final level). 

All in all, this is a challenging game, where you get to fight many enemies (although they are very repetitive). You also get to explore an outer world (which isn’t really exciting). Main idea is good. Imagine the brave warrior on his own, entering the wastelands and caverns filled with vicious monsters. Unfortunately, there is not enough variety in the game and a maze-design of levels will distract the most of the players. Still the action is there and the technical side of the game (the looks of it and the sound) are somewhat satisfactory. This is a game that would fall in the lower category of average computer games. It will give you a few hours of fun, but then you’ll probably delete it, for being too repetitive.


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Reviewed by: marko river / Screenshots by: Sebatianos / Uploaded by: Sebatianos / share on facebook
 

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