Bard's Gold is a challenging platformer that let's you explore eerie worlds in a quest for a Goblin that stole your gold. Help the Bard to overcome the dungeon’s many dangerous perils and use your new-found treasures to improve your character and to buy new weapons and gear!
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Positive (49 reviews) - 87% of the 49 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 14, 2015

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“All-in-all, albeit it’s much slower paced than platform games of the modern era, Bard’s Gold is an absolute gem.”
9/10 – 3rd-Strike

“You need a copy of Bard’s Gold, period.”
95/100 – Fanboydestroy

“It also doesn't hurt that Bard's Gold controls extremely well too, with pixel-perfect leaps and strikes all made possible by the game's ultra-responsive feedback.”
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About This Game

Bard's Gold is a challenging platformer that let's you explore eerie worlds in a quest for a Goblin that stole your gold. Help the Bard to overcome the dungeon’s many dangerous perils and use your new-found treasures to improve your character and to buy new weapons and gear!


This game takes inspiration from early 90's platforming classics such as Rainbow Island, Rick Dangerous, Alex Kidd 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. Difficult puzzles and towering bosses will have to be overcome to reach the filthy goblin that stole the family treasure.

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.

  • Extremely challenging, yet rewarding gameplay

  • Beautifully designed retro-inspired graphics

  • Gain powerful new abilities by finding skill books

  • Death will make you stronger

  • Solve intricate puzzles and defeat towering bosses

  • Full controller support

  • Steam achievements, leaderboards and trading cards

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!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9c-compatible graphics card with at least 256MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7+
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL capable with 256mb
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL capable with 256mb
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
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Positive (49 reviews)
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Ozzy
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Challenging fun for old school platform lovers.
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SirianRoux
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Not a bad game but... it's not a rogue-like. And it is too easy (if you compare to Spelunky, Rogue Legacy, etc.). For example, bosses paternes are very easy to learn... You just need to be a little bit safe and be careful about some traps to win this game. To expensive without discount. And if you want a REAL rogue-like plaformer, SPELUNKY is far better !
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Clement
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Hello! Bard's Gold is a challenging Rogue-lite Platformer which is a little slower paced and more deliberate, relative to other games in the genre. You play as the Bard, looking for his gold, as in the title, and have to maneuver through 4 different worlds, avoiding traps and defeating bosses, in order to attain said goal.

In the regular game mode, there is "one-hit instant death", which may turn off some of you but in fact is not as big of as issue as you may think. The game makes you learn about the traps and enemies, thus over time your awareness of what the game throws at you will increase, thus decreasing the problem that instant death presents.

In each run, you have a limited number of lives, and when you do run out of lives, then its game over. However, any gems that you collect over the course of the run remains, and you can put these towards upgrades, ensuring that your next run will go a little more smoothly.

Overall, I would recommend this game if you are looking for a challenging (but not unfair) platformer with progression mechanics built into it.

For those that are interested, here is a link to some gameplay footage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NsRgXFa5Eo&list=PLJERKFsvP1WWdOSlXsJWxx2jpyeolpDcM&index=1
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dstreet319
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Bard's Gold is a very good platformer that draws inspiration Spelunky. You collect treasure throughout the levels which are mostly randomly generated with secrets hidden within the levels such as more treasure, items, and rooms that can be very rewarding. Some items make your character more powerfully, move faster, or better weapons. Enemies have different ways for attacking you causing you to change your strategy all the time and even moving further through game it keeps getting harder to add more replay value. Boss fights are honestly not that well made and just feel like much more powerful versions of the regular enemies just given more health and different looks. You unlock skills just like in Rogue Legacy where evertime you die all the treasure you found throughout the playthrough can be used to unlock skills to make you more powerful in the next playthroughs.

Conclusion: Bard's Gold is a solid indie game that you should check out if you like games like Spelunky and Rogue Legacy. Even a nice game to play while listening to a podcast or watching YouTube videos honestly lol.

Rating: 9/10
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Filip
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
The sessions are disturbingly long and repetitive. Exploring the levels and the secrets for the first time is fun though.

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doot king
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
PROS
-Controls are so good that it feels stiff while playing, also you can't configure to other buttons so thats a plus.
-This game amuses me so much that it makes me wonder if the devs ever saw an nes controller, A is jump, B is to shoot(in most games), keypads are on the right side. This is the most confortable for games like these (Rogue Legacy does the controls so much better and you can configure to other buttons to match your preference), but this game is limited.
-Graphics are so good that I can't distinguish what I am able to jump on
-Music does not fit the theme of the game, nice
-Gameplay seems dull
-No description for items so I have no idea what I am supposed to do
-I would rather play Rogue Legacy
CONS
-Pros are actually cons
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officer of the law
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Feels like a weird Genesis platformer.
Roguelite.
Nothing to see here.
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No_Choices_Left
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
If you want a game that makes your palms sweat like when playing NES games because you had to actually get good at the game to win, then get this game. It brings back the good old days of cussing at the game console because you so made that jump and that was bs that you died from that trap. Ah the joys of growing up to frustratingly simple but challenging games...
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LadyOberon [#GamersRule]
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
This is a really fantastic platformer! I love that it's a bit darker, like a dank dungeon, and the wide variety of items and weapons are really fun to experiment with.

The pixel-graphics are well-done, and the soundtrack enhances the tone and feel of this game. There are secret levels to uncover and Steam achievements that are perfectly attainable, most occurring naturally with game progression.

I would definitely recommend this to any gamer looking for a classic platforming experience. The controls are smooth, and gameplay is pretty straightforward, albeit with a few surprises. Hidden items and doors to secret levels make this a truly classic platforming scavenger hunt.


*This review is featured on the curator page of Good Games Giveaways & Reviews.
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Warwick J.
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 14
Bard’s Gold is a simple game to describe and a much more challenging one to play. It, as the Steam Description below aptly points out is ‘a challenging platformer’ with some parts rogue-like where the player has to successfully complete levels in order to advance through the game to ultimately hunt down the goblin that stole your gold. It’s a concept that works well for the game.

Although I can see where the developer, Erdem Sen, takes his inspiration from a number of the older console and Amiga classics I definitely see parallels to games already on Steam including Rogue Legacy. By that in both Rogue Legacy and Bard’s Gold the player can actually develop his character into a more powerful one through dying and pouring gold acquired throughout the previous life into power ups that only become available to be bought after dying and before

The biggest frustration that I had with the game is that of insta-death. The moment that you touch something you lose one of your three lives (you have three lives before the game is over and you get to go to that previously spoken about shop to power up and start over). I felt that a more than occasional death was unfair and that it was either unavoidable or it was ‘this’ close to not being a death that it simply frustrated and began to anger me. Yes, I accept that the game is attempting to be one of the most challenging games, if not the hardest, in the genre but there comes a point where hard reaches resentment and it’s a game that despite its obvious quality I could see myself resenting even as I become better at it.

There are a lot of different enemy creatures in the game and Sen has done a great job in giving them their own unique identifiers, characteristics and AI. It provides a deeper level of variety to the game. The graphics are in cute pixel art form which works for the most part, however, some of the traps may feel ‘blind’ to you because of the art design and the sound track is one of the best in a in a relatively inexpensive indie platformer that I’ve heard.

Bard’s Gold is a game that separates the strong platformers from the weak, the men from the boys and the women from the girls. IF you love challenging platform rogue-likes then you will find plenty of content here to do enjoy. However, be warned that if you are the type who gets frustrated at games easily and fairly quickly then you may very well lose your patience with the game before you ever allow it to realize its potential. There is much to like about Bard’s Gold but it will be one of those games that you either love to love or love to hate. I don’t foresee there being much middle ground.

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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Challenging fun for old school platform lovers.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
It might look unusual. Maybe because it is unusual. But 'unusual' usually makes me curious!

The game is a platformer and plays solidly with an Xbox 360 controller. You start easily but then the difficulty kicks in and represents a real challenge. What I totally dig is the amount of secrets you find, you optimize your playstyle, adapt, overcome - run by run. The permanent upgrades at the end, motivate me to keep on playing.The game's setting and pace are very interesting and finishing a stage with all your loot and upgrades feels like a small, personal victory every time. I also like the mellow music. This game is truly a hidden gem - just like those hidden gems in the game. If I am not mistaken, it's the first game from that developer and I'm curious to see where he will take his ideas with his next games.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
Note: I was given early access to the game.

Bard's Gold is a slow-paced platformer with a high difficulty. It stars Bard (the player) attempting to get his family heirloom back from a nasty goblin who stole it. Bard must travel through four worlds, each containing seven levels in an attempt to obtain his treasure. The game is fairly hard and punishes you for making a mistake, but it's not the kind of punishment that would make you overly upset. Patience and level memorisation is required in completing this game.

The game currently features four worlds with seven levels in each. The first six levels are levels full of secrets, traps, and enemies. Thankfully, not everyone wants you dead, as some of these levels have shops that sell various goods to help you on your quest, such as better weapons such as a chakram, the ability to run faster, weapons dealing more damage, extra lives, and more. These are very handy powerups, but not necessary to complete the game (though it makes it much easier to accomplish!).
All of these levels have secrets in them. Most of them reward you with currency, but some reward you with something better, in particular, a map piece. The first six levels have one map piece in them. Collect them all, and you are rewarded with something great. If you have difficulty finding secrets, buying the glasses from the shop will help you greatly.

The game features a currency called Gems. Gems are found by shooting daggers at pots, opening chests, secrets, and killing enemies. Gems can be spent on powerups in the Shop. If you lose all your lives and die, you are given the ability to spend your gems on upgrading your character. By obtaining various Skill Books, you can upgrade your character on things like more starting lives, longer weapon range, more level time, and more. If you're having difficulty finding some, remember that each boss drops one when defeated.

Bard's Gold features lots of enemies with different AI. There's a Blue Goo with a simple AI path that makes him go back and forward. There's the Green Goo that follows the same path, but immediately rushes into the direction it was attacked from. There's the bat that moves horizontally, and there's a variation that bounces off walls. There's also the evil Harry Potter tome books that fly around vertically. These are just some of the enemies the game features. They really make game interesting.

Overall, I would consider Bard's Gold to be a very fun game. The soundtrack is simple yet great, the controls are great, the difficulty is high, and the joy you experience finding something interesting or completing a difficult level is a great feeling. The developer is a great guy and is always open to constructive feedback. It is clear he has spent a lot of time crafting this game to the best of his ability. It's unfortunate that this wonderful gem is suffering from obscurity. If you enjoyed the game, do spread word of it. It deserves some recognition.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
This is a really fantastic platformer! I love that it's a bit darker, like a dank dungeon, and the wide variety of items and weapons are really fun to experiment with.

The pixel-graphics are well-done, and the soundtrack enhances the tone and feel of this game. There are secret levels to uncover and Steam achievements that are perfectly attainable, most occurring naturally with game progression.

I would definitely recommend this to any gamer looking for a classic platforming experience. The controls are smooth, and gameplay is pretty straightforward, albeit with a few surprises. Hidden items and doors to secret levels make this a truly classic platforming scavenger hunt.


*This review is featured on the curator page of Good Games Giveaways & Reviews.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 14, 2015
Disclosure: I was given a review copy of this game

Before I begin my review, if you'd like to see my Quick Play of the game, you can find it below, otherwise, just click "read more" to see my review.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AjKii_u77I

Bard's Gold is similar to Rogue Legacy but is *extremely brutal*. Like one hit death, brutal. Thankfully, the simple controls: cardinal directions and two buttons, jump and attack, are laser honed. If I ever died, it was by my own fault. The controls are tight and respond as you would hope. Plus there is never a moment that the game doesn't broadcast or signal danger. You'll immediately learn to fear everything in the game. "Is that a book shelf?" You might ask yourself. "It's probably going to kill me." And you'd be correct in your assumption that it was going to kill you. Because it will kill you.

The levels are premade, but they are dispersed randomly as you progress. So world 1-2, might not be the same 1-2 in a later playthrough. I enjoy this level of randomness because you can learn levels and figure out their traps in a variety of ways.

There are two difficulty modes, Normal and Retro. Retro gives more HP to the enemies and supplies you with only one life. And since it's one hit kill, it's game over after one hit. Rewards are justified for the higher difficulty.

In terms of game design and mechanics, Bard's Gold offers a simple premise that is fun to play and is well executed. The pixel visuals have a few modern flairs like normal mapping for a nice touch of dynamic lighting juxtaposed against retro visuals.

(I am a big fan of normal mapped pixel art)

The sound plays a big role in the game so make sure to adjust the audio accordingly. The music is okay, but I would advise to lower the bgm so that the sound effects are more pronounced, which will save your life.

Overall Bard's Gold is a welcome addition to tough action platformers.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
My recommendation is somewhat reserved. While the game is enjoyable and has a few flaws. The biggest is how dying appears to remove all your powerups. Only after playing for a while do you realize certain items block this, and you don't actually lose everything. Still, even with a bubble around you there are still plenty of instant deaths it seems.

The game is rather short once you get the hang of it. There is no reason to use a weapon other than the knife, and the game is completeable with very few of the "death" upgrades. The bosses are zero challenge if you arrive at them with a 3-knife fully powered up.

I like the secrets, including assembling the map. There does feel like something is a bit off though; on the first level if you find all the secrets you get a bonus heart. This doesn't appear to repeat on any other level of the game.

The hit-boxes of the monsters (for character contact) are unforuntately quite generous. Quite often I died without any visible pixels actually touching each other.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Hello! Bard's Gold is a challenging Rogue-lite Platformer which is a little slower paced and more deliberate, relative to other games in the genre. You play as the Bard, looking for his gold, as in the title, and have to maneuver through 4 different worlds, avoiding traps and defeating bosses, in order to attain said goal.

In the regular game mode, there is "one-hit instant death", which may turn off some of you but in fact is not as big of as issue as you may think. The game makes you learn about the traps and enemies, thus over time your awareness of what the game throws at you will increase, thus decreasing the problem that instant death presents.

In each run, you have a limited number of lives, and when you do run out of lives, then its game over. However, any gems that you collect over the course of the run remains, and you can put these towards upgrades, ensuring that your next run will go a little more smoothly.

Overall, I would recommend this game if you are looking for a challenging (but not unfair) platformer with progression mechanics built into it.

For those that are interested, here is a link to some gameplay footage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NsRgXFa5Eo&list=PLJERKFsvP1WWdOSlXsJWxx2jpyeolpDcM&index=1
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Bard's Gold is a very good platformer that draws inspiration Spelunky. You collect treasure throughout the levels which are mostly randomly generated with secrets hidden within the levels such as more treasure, items, and rooms that can be very rewarding. Some items make your character more powerfully, move faster, or better weapons. Enemies have different ways for attacking you causing you to change your strategy all the time and even moving further through game it keeps getting harder to add more replay value. Boss fights are honestly not that well made and just feel like much more powerful versions of the regular enemies just given more health and different looks. You unlock skills just like in Rogue Legacy where evertime you die all the treasure you found throughout the playthrough can be used to unlock skills to make you more powerful in the next playthroughs.

Conclusion: Bard's Gold is a solid indie game that you should check out if you like games like Spelunky and Rogue Legacy. Even a nice game to play while listening to a podcast or watching YouTube videos honestly lol.

Rating: 9/10
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
more than 3 hours of gameplay,
i'm only on the edge of clearing the 1st world,
i'm confident to achieve,
everytime i die my frustration peaks, but i calm down when gems flow to my skills and restart immediately,
it will help i know,
i'll beat it,
someday...

10/10


3 saati aşkın süredir oynuyorum,
1. dünyayı bitirmenin eşiğindeyim,
başaracağımdan eminim,
her öldüğümde tavan yapan hayal kırıklığı, elmasların yetenek puanlarıma aktığını gördüğümde duruluyor ve yeniden başlıyorum,
işe yarayacak biliyorum,
onu yeneceğim,
birgün, mutlaka...

10/10
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
I can't in good conscience give this a bad review. It is very well done, polished and generally fun. I agree with virtually everything the other positive reviews say.

But it is easily the most annoying game I have played in recent memory.

EDIT: The last couple of patches have helped with several of the annoyances.

Ledges are *just* high enough that you can't shoot over them, so you have to double jump and shoot on the way down to hit something on a ledge.

The arrows shooting from the edges of the screen are completely unavoidable in many cases, sometimes even by design, unless you know where they are.

The floating books are usually just out of reach and a pain to hit.

Don't get me started about the Tower of Patience.

Take a look at my library. I have played and beat many "hard" games including Mr. Bree, Super Meat Boy, Bloody Trapland, etc.

What you won't see there is many permadeath games. Even though this has lives, it's still game over when they are gone. This, coupled with the difficulty is just too much for me. I don't mind trying a level or boss 30 times. I do mind having to do the previous 6 levels over and over to do it.

So, given that I don't care for permadeath games, take my opinion for what it's worth. If you don't mind permadeath + lots of redoing of levels, it really is a fun game overall.

Edit: I wanted to clarify that when all your lives are gone, it's not exatly "Game Over". You can spend what you earned to increase a skill permanently (slowly...), but you then have to restart from the first level of that area.
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