Review:Bards Gold (Nintendo Switch)

Bard’s Gold is a challenging platformer that lets you explore eerie worlds in a quest for a Goblin that stole your gold.


  • Nice graphics.
  • 108mb download size.
  • Action platformer gameplay.
  • Three game types-normal, retro, and a roguelike.
  • The difficulty is altered by game type.
  • Gems-collect them and use buy permanent upgrades.
  • Simple jump and throw dagger actions oh and double jump.
  • Enemy health bar shows.
  • Every room has a time limit.
  • The game revolves around you entering a room, collecting gems, killing enemies and getting to the door.
  • Many enemy types.
  • A lot of secrets like hidden items and rooms.
  • 4 game worlds to unlock and have a shortcut hub to start at a set world.
  • Checkpoints at every door.
  • Clear hud.
  • Difficult.
  • Quick to action.
  • One hit kills.
  • Skill books-find in-game and reward you with permanent abilities.


  • No tutorial.
  • Enemy projectiles from off-screen.
  • Only one control layout.
  • No inventory system to check what equipment is and does.
  • Difficult.
  • No touchscreen.
  • One hit kills.
  • Hard to see some enemies.
  • Slow progress.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


Bards Gold is a game that looks simple, employs a very simple control method and plays how you want. In practical terms it does play well and is a good time waster, it just feels a bit flat and doesn’t have a hook strong enough to keep you coming back time after time. I played a lot of it during down times or when bored. It is a nice distraction but is not suited for commute sessions or like I say, extended plays. I appreciate it has 3 game modes which do mix it up and makes it play differently but to be honest it’s slow to progress and certain enemies just ruin it with cheap deaths. Bards Gold is a nice game but lacks any staying power.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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