This is about a 2D (third person) game I remember seeing being played on an Atari ST computer.

In the game the player controls a "Conan" style character (holding a sword, if I remember correctly). In the scene I remember seeing, the character climbed down a ladder on what looked like a cave man style cliff face and attacked some cave-men(?) with the sword.

In the scene that I saw, the player could then choose to climb back up or further down on another ladder, to take on other cave men.

What game might this have been?

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    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Aug 5, 2017 at 17:14

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You may be referring to Barbarian and Barbarian II from game developer Psygnosis.

  • yes, thank you @BrianH. Looking at this image it seems to be it.
    – ravn
    Commented Aug 5, 2017 at 16:26
  • Are you sure that Barbarian was developed by Psygnosis? I always thought it was developed and published by Palace Software.
    – pmarflee
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 14:25
  • Never mind. I was thinking of a different Barbarian game, also released in 1987.
    – pmarflee
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 15:29
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    There were 2 barbarians: a platformer from paygnosis and a fighting game, when head cutting, from palace software
    – Thomas
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 19:22
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    Could also be Rygar
    – Thomas
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 19:26

I think the game described is Rastan, a coin-op from Taito, later converted to several formats by Ocean Software, as is the case at hand.

Rastan description in Wikipedia

Kind regards.

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    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 16:36
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    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 16:37

Although already answered, there was a whole genre of these games in the late 80s. Another was Savage by Probe Software for Firebird. The game is mostly forgettable, but it did have unbelievably good (for the time, and if you liked hokey takes on The Art of Noise) music by Kevin Collier: Savage (Amiga) - Level 1

  • ISTR when I was reviewing for magazines, Savage came with a whole extra disk just for the music.
    – scruss
    Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 17:05

It could have been Targhan, from Silmarils, in a more aventurous style.


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