Barbarian The Duel - Head chopping classic in dev for the MSX


Last year we astounded the community with the announced release of Barbarian Plus, the ultimate in Amiga remasters of a classic game released in the late 80's as Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior; A game released for the C64 and later ported to other systems such as the Acorn, Amiga, Amstrad, Atari, Apple II, BBC Micro, MS-DOS and even the ZX Spectrum, as a great head chopping game with plenty of rolling heads to keep you busy. So why are we mentioning this game you might ask? Well there's good news for the MSX community as Barbarian The Duel has been announced via the MSXdev'18!


Yes indeed if playing Ten Shu, Colin Vella and Simone Bernacchia's 'Barbarian Plus' or the unfinished Cimmerian on the Master System was not enough to whet your appetite, then look no further than Bitvision Software's 'Barbarian The Duel'. This game according to the creators is based on the famous and successful videogame Barbarian The Ultimate Warrior by Palace Software, released in 1987 on several popular systems (ZX Spectrum, CPC, Commodore 64, Commodore AMIGA, etc.). This project started on 2015 and allows duels “to the death” for 1P vs CPU or 1P vs 2P with 3 different characters: Bravos, Thara & Dim Knight.


Although the game is still in development with all 16 original techniques, and every warrior having 120 different animated frames. The team has said they don't want any prizes in case they are chosen as winners, it's just for fun, and the game will be extended with more enemies, stages, and perhaps a proper ending eventually.... So yes if you're a fan of this game, then take a look at the link below or wait till Barbarian The Duel is feature packed at some point down the line.

Requirements :

  • MSX2/MSX2+/MSXTurboR
  • ROM ASCII16 – 1024MBytes
  • 128KBytes VRAM
  • PSG or FM (SFX Samples optional with OPL4 (Moonsound or clone)

Credits :
  • Fernando Garcia (coding)
  • Sergio “Spota” Santamaría (graphics)
  • Andrés de Pedro (graphics)
  • Óscar Centelles (graphics)
  • Roberto “Guantxip” Álvarez (graphics and ilustrations)
  • José Ángel Morente (music)
  • Alastair Brown (testing)
  • Pablo “Pablibiris” Pallarés (testing)

Links :1) Source 2) Amiga

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