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Beard Blade Review

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Posted: 3 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Beard Blade is a running and jumping game where you use your beard to climb, swing, glide and defeat enemies. It sounds like a silly concept, but along with the day-night cycle that completely changes levels, introduces fresh mechanics into this saturated genre. Combined with its unique quest to reclaim your lost livestock and it's an unusual game that stands out from other platformers.

You play Branson, a farmer who, after discovering his flock has been stolen, stows away on the thieves ship, only to find himself on a desert island brimming with rare treasures and secrets. You embark on a quest to reclaim your herd, deal justice to the smugglers, and return home.

You start out relatively weak and need to jump over chasms and dodge obstacles. At this point, you can't defeat enemies, so you need to carefully avoid them. As you progress you earn upgrades like beard-punching enemies, a beard parachute, and even use it to climb ladders and ropes using huge beard-hands.

Along with this unusual locomotion, you revisit levels at different times of day and night to discover them completely changed by the time of day. This means each level contains many secrets and reasons to replay.

It's a fun challenge that blends retro platforming games with modern game mechanics in a way that provides a fresh experience for players of all ages, be they new to platformers or experienced gamers.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @GloveboxGames

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 9+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There are some areas where you'll have to quickly use lots of different buttons, for example, to punch a crate midair or defeat an enemy before you take damage.

All the text in the game is large and high contrast, for the most part being white on a black background, making it easily readable, but, due to the lack of any voice acting or indication of who is speaking, it can sometimes be difficult to know who the dialogue belongs to.

Because the game is played on a 2D plane, it is easy to figure out the path to the end of the level, although sometimes the path to secrets can be difficult to figure out. Each level has a day and night mode, and the level select screen clearly shows which secrets are still left in a level and which version, day or night, they are in. The HUD is bright, large, and clearly shows your health, number of coins collected and, if underwater, how much air you have left.

Some objects, such as coins, are quite small, and the background and foreground occasionally share similar colours, which may make it difficult to distinguish certain game elements.
 
Our Beard Blade Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:


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