No-nonsense action platformer Bard’s Gold hits PS4 & PS Vita this month

An uncompromising old-school adventure from a two-person team

Hi, everyone! My name is Erdem and I am from the microstudio Pixel Lantern, which actually consists of only my wife Jenny and me. With this blog post, I’d like to give you all some information on our new PS4 and PS Vita game, Bard’s Gold.

We’ve been working on it for about 18 months and are thrilled to announce that the game will launch on PS4 and PS Vita on 17th June with super sweet Cross-Buy support.


Do you remember how games felt back in the day? When platform games had this certain magical mood to them? No, I am not referring to pixel graphics or chiptune music. There was something else. A game’s soul that you were discovering while you played it. You played it again and again and got better at it. Finally, you were able to overcome enemies, bosses, and stages you previously thought you could never beat.

This is why we developed Bard’s Gold. We want to bring that magical mood, that soul, and that challenge back. That challenge in which players have to stand on their own and figure out even the basic game mechanics. There won’t be any tutorials in Bard’s Gold. No hand-holding, no watered down easy mode.

That’s right, you are on your own. You have to figure out how to double jump on your own. Darn, I just spoiled the double jump! You know, the extraordinary movement that makes you jump higher by pressing the button once more while in the air. Well, that’s all the help I’m giving you.

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Bard’s Gold is slower-paced than most modern platformers and takes its gameplay inspiration from late ’80s and early ’90s classics such as Rick Dangerous, Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Rainbow Islands, Wonder Boy in Monster World, Erik, and Rodland. It features an original soundtrack that perfectly frames the atmosphere, soothes your soul and fills you with confidence as you overcome levels you once thought were unbeatable.

Speaking of levels, there are more than 100 of them. All have been handcrafted and are picked randomly for each playthrough. And if that is not enough to keep you playing over and over again, the game features a permanent upgrade system to make each and every one of your sessions count.

I hope you enjoy Bard’s Gold and experience the magical mood of past games. Welcome aboard the Nostalgia Train!

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mrobinson91 03 June, 2016 @ 14:19

Looks pretty cool! Hopefully we’ll get a little gameplay video soon. Hopefully it’s not too hard for me!!!

Thanks for the Vita support too!!!!! :)


You can watch PC version of Bard’s Gold here:

hm, as MrRobinson91 said, a gameplay video to sell me on it ^^

idlehands1985 03 June, 2016 @ 15:10

Do we have any ideas on price?


4.99 dolar

HomessaHomem 03 June, 2016 @ 15:28

Nice in my Vita!

harton-_-120 03 June, 2016 @ 15:54

Estoy tan feliz que he recibido un código de PSN de forma gratuita! Si necesita una verificación de código a cabo

Thank you very much for Vita support. Loved Rick Dangerous/Wonderboy/Alex Kidd, Bard’s Gold sounds promissing, will definitely check it out, maybe day 1 buy :D

Looks cool, I was a big Rick Dangerous fan on the Amiga. So this looks right up my street.
Thanks for the Vita support and cross buy. This will get more play time on my Vita than my PS4, which suits me!

twinspectre 04 June, 2016 @ 00:23

“There won’t be any tutorials in Bard’s Gold. No hand-holding, no watered down easy mode.” this is poetry to me, this is what gaming should be like, thank you for making games for the more old school players :D


I didn’t notice the developer was from my homeland! I am really happy to see a gream game is developed by my fellow country man :) Awesome! Day one purchase for Vita

supersmith2500 06 June, 2016 @ 17:31

The game is made by two people? Interesting.

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