The Bard's Tale

The Bard's Tale

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

Pros
  • Great 3D graphics
  • Sounds, music, songs and dances
  • Storyline and dialogues are superb
Cons
  • Battery drainer
  • 1.70Gb package
  • No lite or trial version available
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Expert's Review
9.0
Awesome

"Ladies and gentleman...well, ladies only better"

Reviewed by / Dec 10, 2013

A complete overhaul of "Bard's tale" tale

First at all, hold tight. To play this game you are needing a 2.3 Android or better, $6 and a little bit of patience. Firstmost, because the 14Mb apk becomes a gruesome and gargantuesque 1.70Gb. If you haven't ever tried to download such a pain onto your beloved Android SD card, be warned, because this will be the first of many feats it will need to fulfill. Oh, and if you wanna brag of your Tegra device, double that weight for a total 3.5Gb. This game will milk your Android till you think you are playing on a PSP.

In the likely case you haven't ever played the original 1985 game, don't worry: it's included in the pack, but don't blame anyone for getting a sudden blast on how games were then. In addition, it seems that Bard's Tale II and III will be also downloadable for free in next updates, so have care and don't get more hooked on them instead of the current, new one. Anyway, even when there's a burning -and burnt- debate about which was the RPG that consolidated the genre, keep in mind that Bard's Tale is nearly unanimously considered one of the best RPG's ever for a reason.

Then, straight to the point: The Bard's tale is an adventure game, more than a bird's eye shot dungeon crawler. However, don't expect to get lost in a maze, game's quite straightforward which doesn't mean it's easy. In your way you will meet a bunch of non player characters with very long dialogues and cutscenes, and here's the best part of it: game is beyond hilariousness, as if the spirit of Monkey Island (or the original Bard's Tale, of course) had taken possession of inXile's staff. It's incredible to lean back on wherever you are sat and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy the dialogues, music and songs. Yes, songs. It's a tale about a bard, isn't it?

Between scene and scene you have to fight more than fifty different monsters, avoid traps, chop different bosses' heads, save damsels and flirt with them and, well, save the world, though this last isn't strictly necessary. Controls may feel quite clumsy at the beginning, and indeed they are, but you will have to overcome it. Graphics are awesome and surprisingly smooth, no surprises here, and you can change perspective sliding on the screen.

Along controls, the worst part are in-app purchases. They are only to put you green in envy for seeing what you can get later in the game, because there isn't any need to purchase anything in the shop: all items can be obtained through hours of gaming. Online leaderboards may also be an unneeded addition to the game, but it doesn't matter either. What it's deeply appreciated are the save checkpoints, especially when we are talking about a game with nearly 30 hours of gameplay.

Battle's quite thrilling and intense. The hack and slash routines are complemented by management of allies, so you won't get bored. Main character's voice is acted by Cary Elwes aka Westley "as you wish", which takes me to wonder that if someone ever dares to make a game about "Princess Bride", he should play Bard's Tale first. Twice.

Therefore, perhaps the best Android game so far. There's humor, and cleavage, and dances, and fire breathing giant rats, and a dog, and metanarrative jokes, and all stuff we're sure you'll love.

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Developer's original description available here
★★★★★ “The Bard’s Tale is easily the funniest game I’ve ever played” – IGN ★★★★★
★★★★★ Google Play Editor's Choice ★★★★★
★★★★★ Best of 2012 - Games ★★★★★

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

NOTE: Additional assets downloaded after install require at least 1.7GB of free space.

RECOMMENDED DEVICE SPECIFICATION: 1GHz or higher CPU; Adreno 205, Tegra 2, SGX 540 or Mali 400 or higher GPU.

“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 you in battle, heal your party, and take damage on your behalf. Ready your weapon as you embark on a 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

Play The Bard’s Tale today on your favorite compatible Android device*. 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 Android version:

New Features:
• Autosave—option to save automatically when you near a save-book in game.
• 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.)
• Includes the original classic The Bard’s Tale trilogy!
+ The Bard's Tale 1: Tales of the Unknown
+ The Bard's Tale 2: The Destiny Knight, and
+ The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate

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

Play The Bard’s Tale today!

Support:
We hear you, and we are committed to improving The Bard’s Tale for Android. Please send support questions/comments through The Bard’s Tale Support link below. You are also welcome to join the discussion and get the latest news on our Facebook product page “The Bard’s Tale”.

IT IS HUGE!
Please note: Asset installation requires at least 1.7GB of free space on your device. Thank you for your patience with the download time.

Android adaptation by Square One Games.

* Compatible with Android 2.3 and higher. XPeria Play Optimized.

Native Gamepad Support:
o Wii Classic Controller (native or with free WiimoteController App)
o Xbox 360 & Logitech F310/510/710 in X mode.
o PS3 SixAxis and Dualshock (native or with SixAxis Controller App). If using Sixaxis Controller app, use default key mappings set “Enable Gamepad” option to be “ON”.
o NYKO PLAYPAD & PLAYPAD PRO
o MOGA Controller (with MOGA app or ObsidianX IME)
o MOGA PRO (HID and Pivot App)
o GameStop Red Samurai
o Green Throttle (requires GT Arena app)
o NVIDIA Project Shield

SixAxis, WiiController & MOGA IMEs must be disabled to play original Bard’s Tale trilogy.

Supported languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russia, Korean, Polish

Recently changed in this version

1.6.4 - Restores SD support for some pre-KitKat devices. Adds support for Sony DualShock 4 (PlayStation 4) gamepad.

1.6.3 - Resolves issues with certain devices not saving game state (reinstall may be required). Better implements KitKat immersive mode.

1.6 - Support KitKat (SD card storage), Android L and Android TV.


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Comments and ratings for The Bard's Tale
  • (56)

    by Neoteric on 16/10/2012

    Dunno how to post gameplay videos to the 'Videos' section so I put it here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6xdjvfirhc

  • (56)

    by Aaron Mitchell on 06/12/2014

    Kinda hard to navigate the menus for me personality but in all a very fun game. I played this on original Xbox, I love it

  • (56)

    by Jason J Mcleod on 06/12/2014

    File is to large for my phone, I only bought for the old version, it would be nice if they would allow for individual game file downloads

  • (56)

    by Kindra Fitch on 06/12/2014

    The heads take

  • (56)

    by Christian Birkett on 06/12/2014

    The Bard's Tale will capture you. Seriously, i'm locked in it's basement, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Help!

  • (56)

    by Christopher Lyons on 06/12/2014

    Only think a better tutorial would help, other than that it's brilliant especially for just over £1

  • (56)

    by Ian Petreman on 06/12/2014

    Tried the install twice and now Google won't refund my beloved twonie :(