Enter the world of sorcery, evil beings and all-powerful monsters as you join The Barbarian and Princess Mariana on their perilous journey to the Dungeon of Drax.
The evil Drax has vowed to wreak disaster on the Jewelled Kingdom, only with your help can the Barbarian and The Princess have victory!
You'll need brains and muscle for this tortuous adventure!
Do you have what it takes?
At the finale of Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior, the Barbarian defeated the warriors of Drax and thus freed Princess Mariana from his evil spell. At this point, Drax fled to the dungeons beneath his black castle, vowing to wreak disaster on the Jewelled Kingdom. The Barbarian and Mariana - herself an accomplished swordswoman - are the only two warriors skilled enough to make the perilous journey to Drax's lair. They must stop him before it is too late!
You might fight your way through three energy draining levels - the Wastelands, the Caverns, and the Dungeons - where you will come up against all manner of evil monsters from Mutant Chickens to Gobblers. You will eventually arrive at the Inner Sanctum of Drax.
Each of the first three levels is a maze. As you view each screen, it is possible to walk left, right, or into doors or caves at the back of the screen. The direction you are walking, as viewed on a map, is continually changing and therefore a compass (in which the arrows always points north) has been provided at the bottom of the screen.
It is not advisable to leave a level without first collecting all available magical objects i.e.: Orb, Shield, Jewel, Potion, Axe and Key. You will find it useful to construct a map of each level to find your way through the maze and to find out where the exit is placed. Oh, and by the way keep an eye out for any skulls that might be about, they could be useful!
In each of the first three levels there are two magical objects that you will need to collect in order to survive throughout the quest.
Guards against death from Drax's magic.
Guards against instant death from the Demon's fire.
Disables the Living Idol when reached.
Increases your resistance.
Increases your strength.
Opens portcullis doors.
Energy And Lives
Your energy is displayed as a bar at the top right of the screen. When it runs out, you lose a life. You start the game with five lives (indicated as filled-in ovals below the "Barbarian II" title). More lives can be gained throughout the game by collecting any skulls you may find. These contain the life-force of warriors who have preceded you. When you lose all your lives you restart the current level.
The energy of the current monster you are fighting is displayed as a bar at the top left of the screen. When it runs out the monster is destroyed.
On each of the first three levels, you must fight five or six different types of monster, some of which can be killed with one well-placed blow.