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Barbarous: Family Secrets Review

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Barbarous: Family Secrets

Another awesome time management game! I love this type of management game in which you complete orders. It can be played on the easy difficulty and still unlock all the achievements. No missable achievements and completion takes around 11 hours.

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Approximate amount of time to 100%: 11 hours
Estimated achievement difficulty: 3/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: You don’t need a guide
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: No
Grinding Achievements: A few are a little bit grindy, but not really
DLC-Only achievements: No
Speedrun achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
RNG-achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No, you can play on easy and still unlock all the achievements
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No

Yay, a new Barbarous game in this series of time management games! This is the third game in this particular series. You don’t need to have to play the previous games to understand the story, but it will help with understanding the minor details.

If you have read more of my reviews on the GameHouse games, you know that I love this type of time management game. Fulfilling orders for customers and checking them out, is just so addictive. I recently replayed an older title from this publisher and I’m happy they now have mini-games that are easier to do with a mouse than some of those mini-games in the older titles.

In Barbarous: Family Secrets you run a few different restaurants/shops where people come to buy food or items, or even come sit at a table to eat and drink the stuff they ordered. Doing the same action multiple times in a row gives higher bonuses. So you might want to pick up the items for 2/3 customers before serving it to them so you get a bonus for serving people in a row. Or checking out as many customers at once at the checkout.

The achievements are easier to collect and takes around 11 hours to get them all. None of the achievements are missable. Most of them you’ll unlock for completing the game, watch every cutscene before and after the levels (or go to the menu where you can see which ones you missed and watch them from there), complete every bonus object in every level, and find the rat in every level. There are specific ones for doing Y X amount of times. Those can feel a bit grindy. what helped me is finding a level where you do Y at the beginning of the level and after have done it and wait a few seconds, restart the level. for example at the beginning of level 4 one of the first 3 customers will ask for corn and another of the first 3 will ask for a beer. Those both have separate achievements, so after finishing everything except those kinds of achievements, by just repeating those first 3 customers, it goes rather quickly.

I give Barbarous: Family Secrets 4 out of 5 stars.

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This review for Barbarous: Family Secrets was written on XX, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 70 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.

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