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Weekly Kick Pick – Beard Blade

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A beard-bending quest with razor-sharp wit inspired by 16-bit legends! PC Demo available.

Beard Blade is an action-packed 2D platformer for PC inspired by 16-bit legends! Play as the gallant Branson a.k.a. “Beard Blade” as he strives to reclaim the town’s stolen goods and uncover the truth behind a dark secret. His weapon of choice? An enchanted beard teeming with powerful magic that allows him to shape-shift his stubble to overcome hairy situations. The enemies are tough, but so is your scruff!

What can you expect from Beard Blade?

  • Attack, travel and solve puzzles using the powers of your beard
  • Visit the barber to style your beard and change-up your moves
  • Explore colorful worlds and meet a cast of humorous characters
  • Master skills like timed-hits to defeat foes and reach hidden areas
  • Carefully comb through every level to find all hidden treasures
  • Meet the village folk and take on small side-quests
  • More eye-roll inducing hair puns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSKLZEvagWA

The most important part of any game! Glovebox Games is committed to making Beard Blade a fun and charming experience like the games we grew up with.

While they are admittedly not trying to redefine the platformer genre by any means, there will definitely be tight controls with plenty of fresh concepts along the way. Feel-wise, Beard Blade has a good speed and flow so far, giving players the ability to blast through a level, but also offers enough to explore and collect for those who like to take their time.

Beard Blade boasts all of the standard moves you’ve come to expect from the genre, though they’ve largely been influenced by the Wario Land series, Yoshi’s Island, and Ristar – if you’ve played any of those games, you can expect a similar degree of varied abilities. You can glide, grab, throw, punch, climb, swim, crawl and more! They’ve even lifted the idea of timed-hits from Super Mario RPG when you jump on an enemy, which will make way for more skill-oriented challenges. Master these moves and your tour of Imp Isle will be a breeze!

To maintain a level of transparency and openness, Glovebox Games has provided a working demo for PC, where you can roam around a sample of two early levels and a boss battle – all without even needing to back the project. While we can certainly guarantee there will be bugs, we hope this demo gives you a glimpse at the potential of Beard Blade, where we’re at right now and how much better it could be with funding!

PC players, you can get the demo right here.

Currently there have been reported issues from early testing about some controllers not working with the demo, such as PS3 and iBuffalo. We can confirm that it does work with Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers.

 

Beard Blade will be released for Windows PC, with the full release intended to be distributed on Steam.

There are currently no other plans for other platforms at this time. However, depending on the success of this campaign, they are very eager to aim for other platforms through stretch goals. After all, they would love for as many people to be able to play Beard Blade as possible! Glovebox Games will keep you updated if we have anything to announce.

When a quaint seaside town is invaded by imps, a humble bearded farmer named Branson assumes the role as hero and chases them back to their vile isle. After an unsuccessful attempt to reclaim the stolen goods, our hero is thrown into a fortress dungeon and left for dead.

Amongst a group of hostages attempting to escape, Branson meets a reformed wizard-turned-barber who enchants his beard as a last-ditch effort, granting him amazing new abilities that allow the captives to flee through the dungeon’s sewer. Now aptly dubbed “Beard Blade,” our hero sets forth to thwart the imps and uncover the truth behind a dark secret…

 

Cordial Cove

This warm setting in the ideal hang-out spot for imps. Truth is, they’re here to have fun, but you had to go and ruin it.

Lavender Cavern

Just off the coast is a cave that is home to a now abandoned mine. Someone has kept the lifts running, making this a hot tourist spot for adventurers and a means of commute for some of the locals.

The Lighthouse

This lighthouse is responsible for keeping the ships out at sea safe, but it in recent days it looks like it’s under new management.

Forest Manor

Deep in the woods lies a creaky old house that used to belong to a sorceress. Some say she still haunts the halls of her old home. What, you don’t believe in that kind of stuff, do you?

Starlight Shipyard

This bustling harbor showcases the pinnacle of imp-engineering. They’re not as dumb as they look!

 

If you like what you’ve seen here, you can back Beard Blade on its Kickstarter page.

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