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is a side-scrolling arcade adventure computer game published by Psygnosis in 1988
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The game was programmed by David H. Lawson and its graphics were made by Garvan Corbett and Jim Ray Bowers. The control method is identical to that of Barbarian
Barbarian is a 1987 computer platform game by Psygnosis. It was first developed for the Atari ST, but eventually ported to other popular platforms of the home computer era...
which was published the previous year.
The game begins when the main character Drak
is teleported into the alien spaceship that is approaching the earth. The objective of the game is to destroy the spaceship by finding certain objects from the ship. When the self destruction is active, Drak has to find an escape shuttle before the spaceship blows up in order to survive.
The game was released for many formats including Amiga
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, Atari ST
The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was released by Atari Corporation in 1985 and commercially available from that summer into the early 1990s. The "ST" officially stands for "Sixteen/Thirty-two", which referred to the Motorola 68000's 16-bit external bus and 32-bit internals...
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, ZX Spectrum
The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd...
and IBM PC
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was reviewed in Computer Gaming World
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as a fun, well-executed action game, albeit not a challenging one. The game was praised for using score not just as an arbitrary value, but also to determine the time left for the hero to escape.
The soundtrack was composed by David Whittaker.