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  • genre action / rpg / fantasy
  • download size 3.3 GB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 225 user ratings.
  • release date October 28, 2004
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.0 or newer)
  • languages Audio and text: English Text only: French, German, Polish, Russian, Korean.
  • developer / publisher inXile Entertainment / inXile Entertainment
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 21 artworks
  • 8 avatars
  • 2 cluebooks
  • 4 manuals
  • 3 quick reference cards
  • soundtrack
  • wallpaper

What's cool about it:

  • Includes the original classic games The Bard’s Tale 1, 2, and 3.
  • Over 150 unique items of weaponry, armor, instruments, tokens, artifacts and loot!
  • A vast world to explore with towns, wild forests, rivers, castles, towers, secret dungeons, snowy mountains, caverns, haunted tombs and more!
  • Over 14 hours of outstanding voice-acting from top Hollywood talent, including Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) as the Bard, and the inimitable Tony Jay as the Narrator.


You play as the titular Bard, a roguish, manipulative and lewd songster whose priorities in life are the acquisition of material wealth and carnal pleasures. The Bard's pretty sarcastic by nature, but you get to decide just how scathing he is by selecting 'Nice' or 'Sarky' responses. Watch out you don't get too cocky though; folk you've upset may come back to haunt you.

During his raucous adventures, the Bard recruits a motley band of eccentrics and misfits to help in his ignoble cause. Enemies can be defeated using traditional or magical weapons and you can also use the Bard's dulcet tones to summon creatures. If you're tired of saving humankind or bored of games that take themselves a bit too seriously, The Bard's Tale could very well be for you.

“The Bard’s Tale is easily the funniest game I’ve ever played, and I’ve played all the funny games out there.” – IGN
“Ready your weapon and bladder as you embark on this ridiculously addicting quest and the funniest adventure of the year, The Bard’s Tale” – Game Chronicles
“This game is satire in its sharpest form” – Cheat Code Central

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Bad Language, Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP (32-bit only)/ Vista / 7 / 8, processor: Pentium 4 2Ghz or AMD AthlonXP 2400, 512 MB RAM, GeForce FX5700 or better or ATI Radeon 9600 or better, 6 GB HDD space, DirectX 9 Compatible Sound Card
Minimum system requirements (Mac):Macbook (early 2009), Macbook Pro (mid 2007), IMac (early 2009), MacMini (early 2009), Mac Pro (early 2009), MacBook Air (late 2008). Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.

All user reviews:

User reviews:

Extremely enjoyable game

Posted on 2013-01-29 09:13:02 byjoshdad's avatarjoshdad:

The phrase Laugh Out Loud (LOL) is just way overused in today's culture. To be honest, though, most things really don't make us LOL, we just use it to mean that something was kind of funny.
This game, however, literally made me laugh out loud, in fact I gawfed, snorted, chuckled, giggled, and basically made a lot of other noised out loud while playing. No other game that I haveread more ever played was as funny as this game. Using Carey Ewles (who, unlike other actors, does have an English accent) was a stroke of genius. He adds a level of comedy that no other game can match.
As for the game itself, it is actually a lot of fun. It doesn't do anything new or fancy to the genre (although unlocking and summoning which helper you need for each obstacle you face is a neat idea), but it does what it does really well.
If you are looking for the next Dungeon Siege / Baldur's Gate, than this might not be what you want. BUT, if you want a really fun game that sticks to the basic tenants of the RPG genre, plus you want to be thoroughly entertained - than you owe it to yourself to give this game a shot.

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Classic and Not-So-Classic

Posted on 2013-01-29 09:25:48 byucfalumknight's avatarucfalumknight:

I began my love affair with the CRPG with The Bard's Tale I on my Commodore 64 in 1985. The story itself has been reused so many times, it has become cliche, but it was pretty much standard fare. But, the way The Bard's Tale handled every game mechanic was excellent. The enemies, the magic system, the weapons were all done so well. This tried and true formula carried throughoutread more the series. In Bard's Tale II, you actually ventured out into the wilderness. Again, even through nostalgia colored glasses, these early games are well worth the play through, even if they have not aged particularly well.
This brings us to the "Reboot" of the Bard's Tale. My love of the first brought instant scorn when I heard of this blasphemous attempt to recreate the wonderful game of my youth. The end result, however, is one that is almost worthy of The Bard's Tale name. But this re-incarnation from inXile Entertainment places it's tongue firmly in its cheek and takes you on an enjoyable fantasy adventure. The Bards Tale is more Princess Bride than Lord of the Rings. The mechanics are straight forward for an action RPG. The NPCs you meet are well developed and the story is quite cliche. As a matter of fact, The Bards Tale pokes fun at RPGs for the entirety of its story. All in all, I give this game 4 stars as it is not Amazing, but a worthwhile play though. And of course the 3 original Bards Tale games helps boost its ratings as well.

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ooooh, its bad luck to be youuu!!

Posted on 2013-02-04 10:06:10 bytorque800's avatartorque800:

this game is fun beyond belief. it'll poke fun at the clichés, conventions we see (current or not) in rpg's, action games and all. ("press the button to jump, boyo!" "press a button to jump!?! what button!?! are you mad!?!") XD
i mean, how many games can we name where the player character gets into heated arguments with the narrator^^
the narrator, voiced by Tony Jay, isread more just... superb. as always. Cary Elwes as the bard is also great, very believable as the cranky bard.
granted, as a topdown basic hacknslasher, ala baldur's gate, champions of norrath, it can't start to compete with those. but what it lacks in gameplay options, it more than makes up for in story and laugh out loud
moments. i've always liked a good comedy, and with the market going more and more for violent, dark, mature games, it's fun to just sit back and enjoy a good (no, make that great) storyline which will, at the very
least, put a grin on your face. one of the most original storylines i've encountered, btw. one ending had me laughing so loud, when, in typical bard fashion, i just decided to...XD
before i'm done, one last thing worth mentionning: the music. Tommy Tallarico studios took care of that, and it's pure genius. when i heard the first song, "beer,beer, beer", i was hooked and just wanted to hear what was next. same goes for ambiant, background music. even if the game is set in a fictional world, it's easy to see that they were going
for that "highlands, scottish" typeof atmosphere.

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