Bard’s Gold is a fun action platformer where you can choose what kind of game you want to play. This allows you to customize your experience based on your skill level, so that everyone can enjoy this retro inspired release. Want to learn more? Then come read our Bard’s Gold review!
As I mentioned above, you can customize your experience depending on the mode you select. First up is Normal Mode where you can play with the maximum number of lives and with checkpoints – this is the easiest difficulty setting. Next, we have Retro Mode where you have fewer lives and checkpoints but can earn more gems. The last one is Roguelike Mode which grants you one life and has absolutely no checkpoints, but gives you the chance to earn way more gems for your efforts – this option is for expert players.
Bard’s Gold has absolutely no hand holding. There are no instructions, and all you can do is have a look at how the controls are mapped out. Other than that, once you hit start, you are 100% on your own. This is actually not bad since it will only take you a couple of minutes to understand the game’s controls. One button allows you to shoot knives, while the other is used for jumping. You can also use a third button for making purchases when in a store, but that’s about it.
As for the game’s story? It seems a goblin stole your treasure and took off down a well, forcing you to give chase across four very different worlds to get it back. During your quest, you’ll encounter deadly bosses to battle. Defeating a boss grants you a spellbook to aid you on your journey, and you’ll also be able to upgrade them.
There is a lot of trial and error involved in this one since you will surely make some mistakes as you learn as much as you can from the game. You’ll just need to have some patience with it as you upgrade your spellbooks to be able to progress further and further.
And if you want to obtain something else to help you in the game, you should visit the Grim Reaper’s store to purchase some power-ups. These last for a short time, and include things such as Magic Glasses that will let you see sparkling dots around the level with hidden goodies that you can shoot down – if you find all the hidden treasures you will be awarded an extra life! There are also hidden map pieces scattered around each level that you can find with the Magic Glasses, so be sure to buy plenty of them so that you’re always ready!
Each level is timed, and you have to complete it before the clock runs out. If you fail to do so, you’ll end up going into sudden death where it starts to rain fireballs and enemies suddenly respawn in greater numbers. So if you can avoid running out of time, please do so. Otherwise, you’ll be overwhelmed by the onslaught of opponents!
Overall the game is a lot of fun. There’s plenty of options for people of all skill levels to enjoy the release, and there’s a lot of content to play. I liked the pixel art graphics and the catchy music. After doing several runs, and even after writing this Bard’s Gold review, I’ve continued going back to the game. It’s priced at a very reasonable $5, and, while it doesn’t have a Platinum trophy, its trophy list will keep you very busy.
This Bard’s Gold review is based on a PS4 copy provided by eastasiasoft.