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BARD'S GOLD on STEAM:  £5.99

Developer:  Pixel Lantern by Erdem Sen   Based in Essen, Germany   Founding date:  01.07.2015    Website:  www.bardsgold.com

Description: Bard's Gold is a 2D Retro slow-paced platformer with light RPG elements, where the player has to find the key within the level and get to the door in order to progress through the game.  

Lore:  While I was adventuring, I got my saddle containing the legendary Bard's Gold stolen by a filthy goblin. It has been my Family Treasure for generations...  I had to get it back at all costs! Giving chase to the burglar, I went through a portal that sent me to this strange world...  I must escape and return the Bard's Gold to where it belongs! 

Key Features: Old school platforming experience ─ No tutorials or explanations how things should be done. Everything including the basic game mechanics must be figured out by yourself as you go. Rogue-lite ─ Different layouts for each level is randomly chosen every playthrough. While getting the chance to memorize levels and get better at them, the "random level" system will keep your interest. With the gems you collect you will be able to upgrade your character on the Game Over screen. These upgrades are permanent and will help you on future playthroughs.

Bard's Gold is hard as hell and is available now on Steam

Essen, Germany - Pixel Lantern announced today that its highly challenging platforming game Bard's Gold is available for daring players. The game has just gone live on Steam after being greenlit by the game's ever-growing community.

Bard's Gold takes inspiration from early 90's platforming classics such as Rainbow Island, Rick Dangerous and Erik, which at the time were popular on the Amiga and consoles. Bard's Gold is slower paced than most current day platformers, but is extemely challenging. Players need to avoid enemies, traps and projectiles in order to progress. Being hit by any of them means instant death. There are no checkpoints and reaching the end of a level feels like a true victory. Difficult puzzles and towering bosses will have to be overcome to reach the evil goblin that stole the family treasure.

When players die not all is lost. By collecting gems and jewels, players can level up their character, which will help immensely in conquering the 2D dungeons. By finding skill books new powers and abilities are added. There is a "Roguelike-light" element to the game as players will be presented by a random selection of predesigned maps each time they retry a stage. With so many environments to explore and secrets to find, the game never grows old.

"We are delighted with Bard's Gold launch on Steam," said Erdem Sen, founder and game designer at Pixel Lantern. "We strongly believe that the gaming community is ready for truly challenging gameplay experiences. Games such as Dark Souls have proven that a lot of players are yearning for old-school difficulty levels. We have just upped the bar as we think that Bard's Gold is Steam's most difficult game yet."

Pixel Lantern is planning major updates after the game's release and is eager to implement community feedback.

For more information on Bard's Gold please visit the official website.

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Review by GGO:
This game is described as one of the hardest games ever for the PC using the media STEAM, and it surely isn't easy.  

BARD'S GOLD is like the games you used to get in magazines, you may remember typing the code in from the mag's pages and is about equal in playability to the average FaceBook game. The difference being that BARD'S GOLD costs £6.00 (less 1p) and FaceBook games are free to play. I realise that time, skill, thought and effort have gone into the publishing of BARD'S GOLD, but this really is the type of game someone learning to program would create for their college exam or homework. 

I cannot understand why anyone would fit their PC with a £500 graphics card, a £300 sound card and a super-fast motherboard and then use it to play games with dodgy old 1980s graphics?  Of course there are some retro-style entertainments that are worthy of revisiting and BARD'S GOLD is revisiting the once famous platform game system and doing a reasonable job of it.

   

BARD'S GOLD has a good piece of jolly music that continually plays throughout the onscreen action. If truth be told, and I do try to tell the truth, although I am not a fan of retro style gaming (no, really, I'm not!) I will admit that this game does have some mildly amusing and lightly entertaining moments. Much of the gameplay is down to timing - how quick and good you are at double, even treble, jumping and moving right or left at the same time. 

It all works by using the keyboard arrow keys for movement and crouching and A and S for actions and jumping, not the regular WASD [Ctrl] and [Space] controls normally expected by regular computer games players. Your little animated hero chap has 3 lives, can shoot magic bolts, pick up gems, kill monsters and he dies if he gets hit by the falling fireballs that begin once the clock-timer drops to zero. What you can see of the tunnels and rooms is expected and acceptable but the screens are mostly quite dark which often makes it difficult to either appreciate the work that has gone into them or the path you need to take. There are small brick shelves and footholds that allow you to jump up and continue on your journey but the darkness just makes it more frustrating rather than adding anything like a fun edge to the play.

I can see the appeal of some old school games and platform games were always one of the better types, BARD'S GOLD being a good exponent of this style; however if you really need to play retro style games, it is probably a better to go the whole hog and look at places like the superb online store IJTDirect, charity shops or possibly eBay, somewhere things can be found cheap, and buy an inexpensive refurbished PC running XP or Win 95. If you're going retro then don't go halfway!

 

 

 

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