#1 RPG in 63 countries on iOS, including USA, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Japan, and China!

* Sync your saved games between Mac and iOS! *

“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 song you summon magical characters to join you on 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 to the original PC version:

New Features:
• Autosave—option to save automatically when you near a save-book in game.
• iCloud Saves*—option to save to iCloud, enables sharing saves across all your Mac installations and your iOS devices (iPhone and iPad).
• 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.)
• Full Screen Toggle—Cmd+F toggles between windowed and full screen view.
• Supports USB gamepads and sticks for controllers in addition to mouse/keyboard.
•Adaptive Rendering—displays at full native monitor resolution with user-accessible performance options**.

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

Play The Bard’s Tale today!

Mac OS X adaptation by Square One Games.

Minimum System Requirements
• OS X 10.6.6 or higher (10.7 required for some features*)
• 3.6GB Hard disk space

* OS X 10.7 required for iCloud Saves and Time-Savers (in-app purchase) features.
* * Lowering display resolution may be required for best performance on some pre mid 2007 Mac models.

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What's New

Version 1.3.4

Fix permissions for original trilogy download on OSX 10.10 and higher.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5

54 Ratings

54 Ratings

In App Purchases Buggy - Cause Gampley Issues



They will make your character too powerful for some of the quests (having to lose a bar room brawl for instance), which stops the gameplay as you won’t be able to complete those quests and continue the game. Tried reloading an earlier saved game and repurchased a few items (weapons) thinking they would restore. They re-purchased instead. The game lacks a Restore Purchases option (like every other game or app seems to have these days) . I should never have to pay more than once for any of the item upgrades no matter homw many times I play (I can see paying for consumables as needed, but not character upgrades, armor and weapons). So now I’m screwed out of the game purchase and the in-app upgrades purchases unless I want to start again, which will of course wipe out all the upgrades I purchased.

Should they get this resolved I will update this review, but until then beware that there are some serious issues.

Has the original classic included in the purchase!


This is really 4 games for the price of one. What a bargain. I started with the original Bard’s Tale 1 and loving it. This brings back so many great memories of a classic dungeon and dragons game. Works great on my iMac. Select your races, character class and give them a cool name, then have fun developing them into a formitable team. If you don’t want to create your own dungeon maps (which is fun) then search the net for already created ones. Enough time spent writing a review. I’ve got to get back to saving Skara Brae!

One of the best games ever.


I orginally played the Bards Tale on PS2 many years ago and we stil talked about it a decade later. I was thrilled to see it released again on OS X. It has the funniest story line and the dialog has us rolling. It is a great game that everyone should play just for the pure fun of it.


inXile Entertainment
3.2 GB
English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
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