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Bard's Gold

 

 

SCORE: 60

Bard's Gold 

 

Bard's Gold is hard. Bard's Gold is 8-bit NES video game kind of hard. Take one hit in Bard's Gold and you die. Thankfully players can spend their money on upgrading their character and adding more lives. Enemies that were killed on a screen stay dead as long as the player does not run out of lives. What happens when you run out of lives? You have to start all over again at level one.

There are some awesome power ups that are earned while playing Bard's Gold. Sadly too many of them go away after the player dies. Dying is frequent in Bard's Gold. So much so that Bard's Gold can create real world anger and real world problems. There is also an addictive nature to Bard's Gold. Players know they can do better next time. Especially with repetition.

Due to the difficult nature of Bard's Gold it makes sense to try and slowly progress through levels. Which would be easier if there was not a timer present on the levels in Bard's Gold. What happens when the timer runs out? The ceiling rains down fire on the player. Yes everything in Bard's Gold is stacked against the player. Casual gamers are excluded by Bard's Gold.

When your character loses all of his lives in Bard's Gold he turns into a ghost. Death(Grim Reaper) is there to remind him to use all of his loot to an upgrade, or lose it. Death is also in the shops in Bard's Gold. Graphically Bard's Gold is dark, and it is hard to see things. The music in Bard's Gold is nice and can relax gamers who are getting angry thanks to the game play.

There are two things I do not like in Bard's Gold. The first is having to replay the same levels over and over again. That gets old in the first hour. It gets anger inducing frustrating after that. The second thing is those upgrades we get in spins. I wish they did not go away. Bard's Gold would be so much more fun if those could be kept. Since they are so disposable they become nearly meaningless.

If you are a hardcore gamer looking for an indie challenge that falls somewhere between Unepic and 1001 Spikes, then you should check out Bard's Gold. You better make sure you are not grumpy in the real world because of Bard's Gold though.
- Sam

 

Graphics: 50%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 50%
Family Friendly Factor: 50%

System: Personal Computer
Publisher: Erdem Sen
Developer: Erdem Sen
Rating: ‘NR’ - Not Rated
Company provided product
Value/Cost of the review is greater than value/cost of provided product

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