Recently I was given the chance to experience the indie game Bardbarian
. This game was made by TreeFortress studios and someone who I’ve been getting to know Mike Gaboury. The game is available for Steam, IOS, blackberry, and Android though I played it on PC. Thankfully Mike was nice enough to allow me to have a review copy of this game and so I have got a full review here for you guys today.
In this game you play Brad, Brad is a barbarian of local village. His job is to protect the sacred crystal of the village. Goblins and such creatures attack frequently, and he doesn’t really like his job. So Brad decides to find a way to make things a little bit more interesting. Taking an old battle axe Brad fashions for himself a lute and becomes a bard. It’s not really that his job itself changes but how he does his job. Now being a bard Brad can use his bardic abilities to help him fight evil.
The “world” in this game is not very large, but it doesn’t need to be away this game works it really does not need a very large world in fact a larger world would hinder you much more instead. The world is just the right size and has plenty of fun details to be seen. Mike made sure to add special Easter eggs into the game that increase the ambiance of it. You can find a couple of them as you go pretty easily but the some of them you won’t really notice because you moving so fast as you go in the game. You’ll find things like Jake’s sword from Adventure Time, the Hylrulian shield from the Legend of Zelda and other Easter eggs as you go. World is very well developed for how the game plays and works very well with the game itself, in fact I think it is perfect for it and I would not want anything to be changed about it.
The controls for this game are pretty simple using WASD for movement and various number keys for special moves it’s very simple to jump into this came very quickly, but what makes it even easier is when you already have a controller, specifically an Xbox controller. It set up perfectly set up for the Xbox 360 controller and works extremely well with it. In fact I recommend that if you play this game you use an Xbox 360 controller. The controls are very simple they don’t get in the way and allow you to experience the gameplay very easily and you can play it very quickly just jumping right into it. You really need no experience in it.This helps newer gamers get into the game. I really like how this is been set up and think that it is a good layout that more games could adopt.
The gameplay in this game is fun and easy and highly rewarding. In the game you play a bard and as you may know bards have various abilities. You can summon minions to your aid and other heroes, you can use special abilities, and have various other powerful abilities which are caused by both charming creatures which your lute and using magical abilities.The various abilities do things like buffing yourself and others and for things like causing your enemies to not be able to attack and be stunned. As you play the game you’re faced with various enemies starting out with the weakest first and slowly increasing in difficulty you will fight various waves of these enemies and at the end of a set of waves will be a boss battle. After the boss battle a new set of waves starts with increasingly more difficult starter enemies. When you die you are given the chance to restart or to go to the shop and upgrade. Restarting will restart from the first wave but you will keep all the gold you got in your previous set of waves, while upgrading will allow you to both upgrade yourself and minions that you summon throughout the game. You can also buy new minions to use, upgrade your abilities, and buy special things for the town which aid you as you go. There are also two challenge modes that you can play and in these challenge modes you can post your scores to steam allowing you to challenge your friends, Endless and Survival mode. Overall the gameplay is highly enjoyable and I really love it.
The graphics in this game are most definitely unique and I really love them. They look hand-drawn and that’s because they are. Mike the artist of this game actually gave me a chance to look at the various elements that he made for the game. I really enjoy the graphics even though they may not be what you expect out of most games these days. They don’t have the hand-drawn look of the bridge but rather more of just a artistic style which is not seen in many other places. You can tell this is his own style. It’s a little cartoony and that’s actually a good thing it helps make the game seem even more fun and humorous and really just show off the highlights from the artist who made them.
Being a game where you play a bard music should be important and is. I highly have enjoyed the music a lot of it being rock and metal with some power riffs thrown in during certain actions. The music was ell done and really works with the game and helps it a great amount.
There are a few issues someone may have with escape one being the killing of goblins and another being the magic used on it. Not only do you use some magic yourself but some of your followers can also use magic. You can have mages, healers, and the like which help you along the way and these use magic but it is your choice to use them. You do not have to use these healers, you do not have use your buffs, you don’t have to use any of that in fact if your strategic enough you might be able to make it through without any use of any magic in this game. Though, the enemies also do have some of their own magic with a few of the enemies. It would however be hard for you to make it through without using any of your buffs or any of your de-buffs but I do not see a real problem here in the game. There are no gods which these powers come from or demons or the like, such as and some other games use but rather it seems is like an inert ability. Personally I do not feel that these would really harm you in your walk with Christ. I feel that this game is very funand plays around with things and kind of makes fun of things a little and that it will not really harm your walk with Christ.
Overall this game is very good in my opinion. It is a good indie game and I really love indie games. It doesn’t have a timeless story but it really doesn’t need that. It has a great control scheme and the world is set up perfectly for the game. It’s easy to play, easy to get into, and highly fun. The fun factor here is great it’s highly addictive and I’ve been loving it, been loving every single minute of it. Graphics in this game are really nice and really unique because Mike is designing them all and drawing them by hand. As far as how this will affect your walk with Christ I do not believe that this game will have too much of an impact on it. It is more fun and frivolity more making fun of many of the things that you would normally find a issue with than it is going along with them it seems although there is magic there, some of it can be avoided and I don’t feel any of it would affect your walk with Christ.
Grab a copy of Bardbarian here.
Special Thanks to Mike Gaboury of Tree Fortress and Cherry Sauce Clothing for the review copy of this game.