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The Bard's Tale

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50% OFF!!! On sale at a price so low, even Crazy Thorvald thinks it's crazy! Get it before we come to our senses!

#1 RPG in 75 countries, including USA, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Japan, and China!

Sync your saved games between iOS and Mac!
Includes classic games trilogy!

They said it couldn’t be done… a full-scale massive 3D epic role-playing game on iOS! See why it’s the BIGGEST iOS game ever made!

“The Bard’s Tale is easily the funniest game I’ve ever played, and I’ve played all the funny games out there.” – IGN

You are the Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars. Through magical song you summon characters to join your quest for coin and cleavage!

“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

Prepare to immerse yourself in over 20-30 hours of adventure, featuring:

• 50 enemy types (not counting bosses!)
• A vast world to explore with towns, wild forests, rivers, castles, towers, secret dungeons, snowy mountains, caverns, haunted tombs and more
• A full cast of bizarre NPC’s
• Over a dozen special boss enemies to defeat
• 16 magical characters to discover and then summon at will to aid you
• Over 150 unique items of weaponry, armor, instruments, tokens, artifacts and loot!
• More Song & Dance numbers than any other game, including a zombie dance-off!
• 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

But wait! That’s not all! Enjoy these great new additions in the iOS version:

New Features:
• Leaderboards—for accumulated Silver and Experience!
• Achievements—over 50 spread throughout the game!
• Autosave—option to save automatically when you near a save-book in game.
• iCloud Saves—option to save to iCloud, enables sharing saves across your iOS devices.
• Time-Savers—optional in-app purchases are available to pump up your Bard and save you time! (Note: All such items are attainable through normal game-play, with time and persistence, just as in the original console release.)
• Classics Games—includes original classic games The Bard’s Tale 1, 2 & 3.
• Supports 60beat® GamePad.

Universal App with Adaptive Rendering:
For a single low price, play on all your compatible* devices! The Bard’s Tale takes full advantage of your hardware to maximize your experience--including HD resolution and 60Hz video refresh on capable devices.** iOS adaptation by Square One Games.

“This game is satire in its sharpest form” – Cheat Code Central

Play The Bard’s Tale today!

* Compatible with iOS 4.0 and higher on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 3rd generation, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPad, and iPad2&3.
** HD on iPhone 4S/5, iPad2,Mini,3&4, iPod Touch 5G. Enhanced rendering includes: environment mapping, dynamic water surfaces, full shadow cast, and 60Hz display-refresh (with in-game “Battery Savings” option turned off).

We are committed to improvement. Please send support requests through The Bard’s Tale Support link below.

Please note: Installation over Wi-Fi can temporarily require as much as 3.4GB of free space on your device.

What's New in Version 1.8.1

- Resolves issues with iCloud on iOS 8
- Game now auto-synchronizes last saved file between devices.
- Bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews

Great Writing!

As an avid reader first and a gamer second, I'm always complaining about the writing in games - especially in RPGs. When devoting my time to a story-based game, I have this crazy expectation that it will have, you know, some story. And though I realize I'm asking for a lot, I really appreciate it when that story was written by actual writers.

The Bard's Tale absolutely delivers. The narration and dialogue are witty, sarcastic, and simply well done. Extremely self-aware, this top-down action-adventure takes every opportunity to poke and prod at the tropes and stereotypes of both Western Celtic fantasy and RPGs as a whole.

The gameplay itself is a little uncomfortable on the iPad, a bit too hard to see on the iPhone, and generally a touch clunky (it's difficult to do things quickly during combat), but that seems to be the normal price to pay for playing mobile ports of console games. Overall, I'm so impressed with everything else that I don't mind. I'll likely be picking up a copy of the PS2 version next time I see it. For now, this was definitely worth 99 cents.

Highly recommended

A 4 out of 5? Sure, but an enthusiastic one! This is a bit clunky on an iPhone 6 - it FEELS like an older port, and some things like the difficulty (impossibility?) to delete old saves or save on demand do not translate well, and the inelegant hack n' slash hasn't aged well. You'll want to replay different choices to see the consequences of snarky vs saintly choices (sometimes a saucy tongue gets an equally saucy reward, sometimes a punishing side quest) and you can't easily. BUT people are enthusiastic about this game for a reason. The quality of the voices, the fun of the dialogue and the sarcasm/parody elements are top notch and a cut above most of its kin. The narrator and the antihero snark back and forth. The songs of this older game are still fondly referenced on the Internet for good reason. I'm grateful for this port, in an era of cheap, quickly thrown together games, this is great value for a very low price quite unlike much of what's out there. Kudos for including the even older games this game (unofficially) references - even though they demand far more dedication than the average modern player would want to invest, it's a classy option to have.

Fun, whimsical

I'll talk about the remake (snarky hero version) first: I think this game is quite fun. Great humor, well written dialogue!

I've heard that as a computer game, the remake was panned. It certainly seems thin and simple in gameplay compared to other RPGs like Baldur's Gate or the Elder Scrolls series, and I think it would've fallen flat on a computer, but for an iPhone game it feels like just the right amount of complexity. For an app, very very good and I'd recommend it to people wanting to play an RPG on their phone or tablet!

As for the three original games: the port to an iOS format works, but it's clunky. The original games were made to play with only a keyboard, and this port combines keypad with tapping buttons. I'm not the sort that enjoys drawing my own maps and taking quest notes for my RPGs, so I didn't get very far in the game itself, but I've heard from those who do that the three Bard's Tale's are classic and among the best of the old school RPGs (and I do mean old school, 1980's Apple computer style. Just so you know what you're getting into!)

The Bard's Tale
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.8.1
  • Size: 1.81 GB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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