★ TouchArcade is in READ ONLY mode this weekend while we upgrade. Please support us on Patreon.

The game is just amazingly fun to play.
- Touch Arcade - 5/5

In every way imaginable, Bardbarian steps up as the perfect mobile experience.
- Gamezebo - 5/5

The most addictive mobile title Ive reviewed in a very long time.
- CapsuleComputers - 8.5/10

Combining many popular genres pays off for this original and fast-paced game.
- 148Apps - 4/5

Shred lute and collect loot in the critically acclaimed action-rpg Bardbarian!

In BARDBARIAN you play as Brad the Barbarian, who is (once again) awoken to the sounds of his town under siege. Today is no ordinary day though Brad has grown tired of fighting. The XP grind has grown dull, and his heart beats with a musical bloodlust. Crafting a magic lute out of an old war axe, he steps outside...

Use your magical axe-lute to summon followers to fight for you. Navigate your party through the hordes of enemies, dodging and attacking, preventing them from destroying your town's prized decorative crystal. Survive waves to progress, collect loot, and unlock new units.

Upon death you are able to visit the town shop in order to upgrade Brad, the town and your followers, in hopes to make it further next time. Over 75 different upgrades are available, plus a total of 12 unlockable units.

Finished story mode? Play Endless and Survival modes for some fun, fast and competitive gameplay variety, set your best scores, collect achievements and challenge your friends via GameCenter integration.


Unique genre-bending hybrid gameplay
12 units to unlock & loads of loot to upgrade pretty much everything!
Over 8 enemy types to make you regret everything
4 Epic boss battles to crush your spirits
Original, hand drawn artworks
GameCenter Integration with Achievements and Leaderboards
Awesome Rock/Metal soundtrack by Maximum Satan
Endless and Survival modes
There's a dinosaur boss

IMPORTANT: 3GS, iPod Touch 4th Gen, and iPad 1 are not supported

Sanuku's comments:
NZ Release info :

The Game is out in New Zealand. It should be out in US at about 11 PM EST and Europe at around 12 AM UK time. Size of the app is 67.8 MB.

Price in NZ is $1.29 which should translate to USD $0.99

Requirements :

Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Gameplay is a unique hybrid of: arcade, rpg, strategy/tower defense and a shoot-em-up.

You play as Brad, who is tired of being a barbarian and always wanted to make music, so one day, when his town is under attack, decides to play music instead of fighting. While playing music, brad inspires the townsfolk to fight for him instead of hiding.

The moral of the game is doing what makes you happy instead of whats expected of you, the irony is that brad could kill most of these enemies with one swing of his weapon, but chooses not to.

Dodge enemy projectiles while your followers attack for you. Use power-solos for attack, defense and speed buffs. Killing 5 enemies without being hit will give you a stun power-solo which knocks back and stuns your enemies, as well as destroying all enemy projectiles.

- Unique, hybrid, genre-bending gameplay
- Hand-drawn original artwork.
- 12 unlockable characters! Customize your party loadout, over 200 possible combinations.
- Collect loot from your fallen enemies and upgrade Brad, the town, and your units in the shop!
- 4 intense boss battles.
- An awesome rock/metal soundtrack by Maximum Satan
iPhone Screenshots

01-15-2014, 06:12 AM
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 7,852
I remember seeing this, it looked pretty sweet

01-15-2014, 06:14 AM
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 3,644
Agree with you, so sweet.

Pine Entertainment
01-15-2014, 06:19 AM
Joined: May 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 2,114

Game Center/Steam/PSN: Echoen
How to: embed [youtube] vids | Using [AppInfo]
My Youtube channel
01-15-2014, 06:31 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 11,957

01-15-2014, 06:45 AM
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 7,852
Echoen what are your imps?
01-15-2014, 08:52 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 11,957
Game Impressions

01-15-2014, 09:34 AM
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 2,778
Dual-stick shooter crossed with Nimble Quest?

Social Games: Terra Battle, PAD
GameCenter: StriveMind
01-15-2014, 09:45 AM
Joined: May 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 2,114
I keep thinking of Colossatron and Anomaly while watching these vids. It looks like it will get stale fast based on Sanuku's video. The enemies he encountered all did the same thing and were fairly spread apart on the map. But then again, it's just the starting gameplay.

Game Center/Steam/PSN: Echoen
How to: embed [youtube] vids | Using [AppInfo]
My Youtube channel
01-15-2014, 10:04 AM
Joined: Jun 2013
Posts: 180
Looks awesome ill probably be picking this up tonight