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March 4th, 2012, 04:35
The Bard's Tale (remake) release for iOS has been updated to include the original as promised and is now available.
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March 4th, 2012, 04:35
Confirmed. Easy to access and works great!

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March 4th, 2012, 13:53
What about an Android version?
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Anyone have thoughts or opinions about this game? The game itself, not the iOS port. Thanks.
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March 4th, 2012, 20:35
Originally Posted by Ovenall View Post
Anyone have thoughts or opinions about this game? The game itself, not the iOS port. Thanks.
I reviewed it back then for GamerDad (now defunct). Here are a couple of snips:

The problem with doing a combined parody / homage in a game is that you must still make the player go through that which you are parodying. That, to me, is the Bard's Tale's greatest weakness.

My summary would be - if you are looking for a serious role playing experience, look elsewhere; if you are looking for some light fun, Bard's Tale might be for you; and if you have $30 to spend on a game … find a better game. I'd give the combat and RPG aspects 2.5 stars, the humor and pacing 4 stars, and the overall game 3.5 stars.
Overall I think it is a solid enough game, but definitely not great.

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March 5th, 2012, 01:58
Txa, there is some confusion me thinks. The request for info is for the ORIGINAL Bard's Tale. NOT the most recent(6-7 years ago?) parody.
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March 5th, 2012, 02:00
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Anyone have thoughts or opinions about this game? The game itself, not the iOS port. Thanks.
Humor great, game play meh . . .

example on game play - you go through a dungeon with maybe 5 levels. After you beat all the monsters and the boss monster, you have to retrace your steps through the dungeon 5 levels with all those re spawning monsters. Just a tedious tedious game. I put in about 20 hours. The humor kept me playing but I never even got close to finishing the game.
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Originally Posted by cstapleton View Post
Txa, there is some confusion me thinks. The request for info is for the ORIGINAL Bard's Tale. NOT the most recent(6-7 years ago?) parody.
Sorry - the confusion was mine …

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Yeah - I played these (I & III at least) back in the day, not long after they came out. VERY tedious & a lot of grinding.

More detail than I can give on it (since its been 25 years or so for me) is from the CRPG Addict blog:

Bard's Tale

Bard's Tale III
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March 5th, 2012, 06:34
I was very happy to see this released and also when i learned about that II and III is comming out. Bards Tale, the original was unplayable with the simcga command used in my old 80286 computer (Hercules graphic) and i had to wait until i got me a EGA card and EGA screen 2 years later to play it.

I showed my spouse the IOS version saturday and she looked at me and asked me how i could have thought that was fun that many years ago …

But i must say playing it on the ipad wasn't to pad… The "bad" thing is that i have to start Bards tale the parody first to start Bards tale the original.

I love that they release the original version and i will be waiting for II and III! Eagerly (Didn't play number III at all)
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March 5th, 2012, 20:31
Bard's Tale is really tedious because you HAVE to map it by hand. Maybe there are maps available on-line now, though.

99.99% of the game boils down to this:
Move a step
Possible combat
Move a step
Possible combat


It's not really a ding against it because that is what cRPGs were back then.
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June 9th, 2012, 21:44
Originally Posted by Caidh View Post
Yeah - I played these (I & III at least) back in the day, not long after they came out. VERY tedious & a lot of grinding.

More detail than I can give on it (since its been 25 years or so for me) is from the CRPG Addict blog:

Bard's Tale

Bard's Tale III

Baxters Crpg Resource blog is covering the amiga version now:
http://www.crpgresource.blogspot.com
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