- Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 27 
- Online: 0
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 8-12 Hours [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Missable achievements: 0 [World Select Available]
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No, play on Normal.
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: N/A
- Extra equipment needed: N/A
Bard’s Gold is a simple, retro 2D platformer developed by Pixel Lantern. This game has a few roguelike features, so death is never much of a setback. Use gems collected from previous runs to unlock and upgrade skills as you progress through the game’s four worlds. There is also a timer to worry about, but if you are continuously moving it shouldn’t be an issue. Each world has seven stages that must be beat, and they are all randomly generated from a small pool of unique layouts. Each world also features a boss at the end of the seventh stage. There are three difficulties in Bard’s Gold, but none of the higher difficulties are required for the completion. Simply play on whatever difficulty you like; I recommend Normal for an easier time completing the game.
Step 1: Play the game normally and beat the four worlds
During this step, familiarize yourself with the game and work on collecting gems for upgrades. If you cannot beat a world boss, keep gathering gems to upgrade your skills and give it another shot. Keep in mind miscellaneous achievements, such as buying items from shops, also make your playthroughs easier. Always utilize the shop discount by shooting the shop sign before entering for a 10% discount. It is also a good idea to keep an eye out for secrets, as they reward a lot of gems and you will need 100 of them for an achievement. Once you’ve completed all four worlds, you should only have a few achievements left.
Step 2: Sell your soul to the Reaper and beat a world without dying.
When you have finished the game, you will unlock the Contract of Reaper skill book, which requires you to sell your soul for gems. Play the first world normally until you arrive at a store, and then choose this item for 1,000 gems. Instead of buying it, you will sell your soul and you'll receive 1,000 gems instead, unlocking this achievement. Finally, you will need to beat at least one world (seven stages) without dying. If you need tips for this, please see "Invincible".
If you are missing any achievements after the above steps, everything can be cleaned up post game thanks to World Select. You do not have to worry about missing anything, so enjoy the game however you please.
Bard’s Gold is a short game that combines platforming and roguelike elements into a fun little game that can be completed in just a few sittings. If you are a fan of either genre, I recommend checking out this cheap game the next time you are looking for a short and simple game.
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