The battle for Eternia is in your hands!

Side with He-Man and his allies or Skeletor and his minions in this new take on the classic Barbarian sword fighting game.

Battle 8 levels against increasingly difficult foes or play against a friend.

You have the power!

This Pico-8 cart is bursting with the Power of Grayskull, featuring:

  • 16 Characters
  • 16 combat moves
  • 4 stages
  • 8 difficulty levels
  • 3 game modes
  • A kickass soundtrack

How to play:

Arcade mode is a battle against enemies of increasing difficulty to regain control of Eternia

P1 vs CPU is a 1 round fight with customizable difficulties, characters and stage

P1 vs P2 allows you to fight a friend with your favorite characters

While selecting your character in vs modes, use up and down to select stage and difficulty.


Player1: Pad 1 \ arrow keys + Z/N ([O] Button - Attack) + X/M ([X] Button - Defense)

Player2: Pad 2 \ E S D F  + W/Left Shift ([O] Button - Attack)+ Q/A ([X] Button - Defense)

Move list:

UP -Jump, RIGHT - move forward, DOWN – crouch, LEFT -  move backward,
ATTACK - Body Chop, RIGHT+ATTACK - Neck Chop, UP + ATTACK - Overhead Chop, LEFT + ATTACK - Sword spin, DOWN + ATTACK -  Leg Chop,
DEFENSE - Protect Body, UP +  DEFENSE - Protect Head, RIGHT+ DEFENSE  - Headbutt, DOWN + DEFENSE – Leg chop,
ATTACK + DEFENSE - Flying Neck Chop


Original artworks and idea: John Henderson

Music (main theme available for download below) : 

Programming and gfx: Andrea Baldiraghi

Masters of the Universe and all related characters TM by Mattel Inc.

Barbarian TM by Palace Software Ltd. 1987 

Thanks to:

John Henderson -  for granting me permission to develop this version of his original idea

FL - for his barbarian archive and source codes:

Frederic Souchu  - for finding and sharing it

JadeLombax  - for his triangle drawing functions

Zep - for pico-8

And all pico-8 users for their support and contributions on this game
and on Mortal Cards

Development Stats:

Started on may 29 with the first teaser

35% of the time on picodraw for backgrounds

July 9 – complete graphics foundation and picodraw

Aug – 18 game code completed

Aug 23 - Added Music and released online

About three months, working around three hours per day 5 days a week when possible.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Release date Aug 22, 2020
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(32 total ratings)
Made withPICO-8
TagsAnime, Beat 'em up, Comics, Demake, Hack and Slash, PICO-8, Remake, Swords, Violent
Code licenseArtistic License 2.0
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution v4.0 International
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Touchscreen
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count1 - 2


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Fun game, great art, and an incredible feat with PICO-8. I learned a lot reading through the dev log!

Thank you!

very good!

i love it!! great idea, very funny!

Really fun - great job.  I agree with another comment that you could make it harder.

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I love Barbarian and the Master of the Universe, you combine both! Nice pixel art and animation.  Nice to see that you managed some wickness of the original game. p.s.  You should make it harder

So cool!


I love the title screen music i need it!!!

I’ll ask the composer. He can upload it on SoundCloud 

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Ok but can he do it on spotify?


I added a downloadable wav file, check it out.


Is it a remake of Barbarian with He-Man? ALMOST! It is missing the decapitations. But it is a fun game that plays and feels like Barbarian, that is for sure.


It is, to perform the decapitation, press both buttons at the same time and the opponent must have less than 75% health (to reduce spamming it!)

Ah! Ok. Gotcha. Good to know. Thanks.

any chance of downloadable versions?

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They are now available!

Hey theroboz Thank-You for creating He-Man Master of Universe Fighting game it was not pretty bad game but i like i'm a big fan of He-Man so once again theroboz Thank-You

Where did the download for this go?

I'll upload those too as soon as i have the time

Like what I'm seeing, playing in the browser! Would also love to be able to download this and enjoy it on a handheld



TheRoboz: If I took two of the favourite things from your childhood, and smashed them together, what would you say?

Me: I'd say hey! WHAT'S GOING ON?


An amazing game with wonderful music, I love it!


I love this game but where is the soundtrack

This is just lovely!! I really like it :D

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I loved the Barbarian game, and I loved the Masters of the Universe series, so this game is perfect for me!

Just a thing though: is there any chance you could upload a downloadable version of the game? I fear that with my crappy internet connection I'll never be able to enjoy this masterpiece in all its splendor.


I thought it was already possible to download it because there's a download stat in analytics but turns out its just counting the app users. I'll prepare a download version as soon as i have time


Thank you, TheRoboz. I really appreciate it.


Done! See this devlog

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Thanks for uploading the game and notifying me, TheRoboz. I really appreciate it.

Now, time to chop some evildoer's heads off 80's style - all for the sake of the good people of Eternia, of course ;-p

Made a video


thanks for the video, you should have used kicks more when they roll close to you and also do the decap move with both buttons. The fact that when you lost the last fight to he-man you had to restart is actually a bug! Sorry about that... 

Yeah thought about that stuff after doing the video and thought the last fight was a bug but at that moment it was just like "well I think I have played enough for one video". Overall it was a really fun fighting game and it was awesome to see so many masters of the universe characters to play as.


The nostalgic midi music and the chopings heads, amazing!


Chopped everyone's heads off, I have the power

Amazing job! Thanks for sharing!