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Conan Slices Up Enemies in New 16-Bit Hack-n-Slash Online Game

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August 18, 2011

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Bathing in 16-bit bloodshed could be cool… but this game is not.

As seems to be the requirement for any film released this year targeted at anyone age 13 or older, Lionsgate’s Conan the Barbarian reboot has received the 16-bit treatment in an all-new (and all too short) hack-n-slash, side-scrolling action game hosted by Break.com. Much like Marvel’s Thor: Bring the Thunder and Captain America: Shield of Justice, the graphics and gameplay of Conan the Barbarian: The Game are simple– you have both a short range (sword) and long range (throwing axe) attack, you can move side to side (jump and crouch) and you main objective is to plow through as many enemies as possible.

Unlike Marvel’s online game, Conan lacks any sense of fun and variety. Boss battles are deceptively easy and the lesser enemies and levels are noticeably repetitive. Spiked pitfalls can be a real pain when the game forces you to drop down without seeing where you’ll fall, but they’re also likely to be the only real threat throughout the entire game. Some might pick up on a bit of a Castlevania vibe which seems like an appropriate inspiration for this game, but the game designers simply seemed interested in a base coat of Castlevania sheen.

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