Taito’s 1987 hacky-slashy coin-op classic, Rastan Saga, was ported to all the usual 8-bit suspects, though only a demo ever appeared for the 16-bit home micros courtesy of Ocean, and that was for the stinky Atari ST so hardly counts.
While Arnie Schwarzenegger’s $100m grossing almost-blockbuster, Conan the Barbarian, had been around since 1982, kids were still clamouring for bronzed, ripply-muscled freedom fighters in loincloths. With a gaming void to fill, naturally a number of similarly themed titles emerged for the Amiga, one of which was Torvak the Warrior; an action platformer developed by Core Design and unleashed in 1990.
With narrative swiped straight out of Conan and aesthetics and mechanics heavily inspired by Rastan and Victor Interactive’s Legendary Axe, it had the brazen gumption to set the dark ages ablaze. Well, did it? Lay down your warhammer for a moment weary dragon vanquisher, pour yourself a hornful of mead, and join me around the campfire to find out.