Robert E. Howard created Conan seventy or more years ago, not knowing that his barbarian would lend himself so well to future generations’ need for diversion.

Well, perhaps he hoped that the literary arena would find interest but he would be pleased that the computer age has taken on Conan and done so with panache.

After a short exposition concerning an evil wizard and a combative warrior queen, Conan’s jaunt through dank, musty caves, white-capped mountains, and rubble-strewn cities begins in earnest. As Conan meets squads of enemies, his single sword gets proliferates as he skewers more and more opponents. Weaponry accrues to him as he works his way through a thoroughly convincing world that Howard would readily recognize.

The fighting makes up the strength of this game as Conan’s skills grow and diversify. You will need to change your approach as the enemies learn to parry your moves as you repeat a particular maneuver. The big difference is the level of gore. Conan pulls arrows right out of his body and continues to disembowel and otherwise disfigure the onslaught of warriors sent at him. Very impressive.

You will have some issues with the repetitive audio track, although the music fits the action nicely. The actor, Ron Perlman (Hellboy), voices Conan but sounds a bit too cultured to be a barbarian. Some of the gratuitous flesh will make you wince but overall, Conan is a worthwhile investment, even if the adventure times in on the short side.