Barbarian - The Ultimate Warrior [Model PSD1058]
The ZX Spectrum Software by Palace Soft.
Not emulated in MAME [Computer] ZX Spectrum Software
Barbarian - The Ultimate Warrior © 1987 Palace Software
The game's inlay cover features glamour model Maria Whittaker and bodybuilder Michael van Wijk who would later become known as Wolf in the UK version of Gladiators.
The cover art is one of the most famous in video game history, due to its controversy as Whittaker was known as a "Page 3 Model" for UK tabloid newspaper The Sun, which featured topless models. Electron User magazine received many letters of complaints from readers and religious groups regarding the cover's image, calling it "offensive and particularly insulting to women" and an "ugly pornographic advertisement". Ultimately, this controversy boosted Barbarian's sales, making it a commercial success.
Whittaker was removed from the cover of re-release versions with the image only bearing van Wijk instead.
This game is known in North America as 'Death Sword'.
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