DescriptionThe Bard is a cynical, opportunistic musician who roams the country in search of carnal pleasures. However, this impatient and selfish fellow is compelled to accept the greatest quest of his life: save the princess Caleigh from a demonic cult that has kidnapped her. The unlikely hero must now explore the land in search of the princess, accompanied by the omnipresent Narrator who obviously can't stand the Bard and uses every opportunity to sarcastically comment on his actions. Furthermore, Fionnaoch, the mysterious abductor of the princess, does everything he can to stop the Bard, sending his minions after him.
A self-proclaimed "quest for coin and cleavage", The Bard's Tale is an action RPG that is more of a whimsical take on role-playing games than a remake of the classic series. As the Bard, players can fight off hordes of foes with blade and bow, and summon companions through magical Bard Songs. Leveling up allows the player to raise the character's main attributes and invest specialization points in the different types of weapons he can use. Magical companions must be sought out and then summoned during battles. After being summoned, they act pretty much like AI-controlled party members; some of them specialize in physical attacks and offensive spells, while others can heal the hero.
During conversations the player can choose "nice" or "snarky" responses for the protagonist. While mostly used for humorous effect, some of these responses may affect subsequent events. The game uses the Dark Alliance engine and has a similar camera and control scheme.
- "新冰城傳奇" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
- "冰城传奇" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "Похождения Барда" -- Russian spelling
- "The Bard's Tale: Song of the Bard" -- Working title
- "The Bard's Tale: Opowiesci Barda" -- Polish title
- "The Bard's Tale (2004)" -- Common title
- "Bingcheng Zhuanqi" -- Chinese title
Part of the Following Groups
- 3D Engine: Snowblind/Dark Alliance
- Bard's Tale series
- Gameplay feature: Multiple endings
- Games with hidden / unlockable full games
- Protagonist: Musician
|Dull game in a slightly funny outfit||Xbox||Cor 13 (171997)|
|There's a difference between pointing out clichés and avoiding them all together.||PlayStation 2||Terrence Bosky (5232)|
|Playing a "music man" is pretty darned refreshing, not to mention hilarious!||Windows||Jeanne (75584)|
|Even mediocre endings don't lower the game's black "humour" level||Windows||POMAH (35651)|
|Right Script and Acting, Wrong Game||PlayStation 2||Indra is here (19822)|
The Press Says
|1UP||Windows||Sep 26, 2005||8 out of 10||80|
|Digital Press - Classic Video Games||Xbox||Jul 07, 2005||8 out of 10||80|
|Worth Playing||Windows||Aug 15, 2005||7.9 out of 10||79|
|Absolute Games (AG.ru)||Windows||May 16, 2005||72 out of 100||72|
|Game Watcher||Windows||Sep 26, 2005||7.2 out of 10||72|
|Jeuxvideo.com||PlayStation 2||Mar 24, 2005||14 out of 20||70|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Xbox||Mar 24, 2005||14 out of 20||70|
|Sydney Morning Herald||PlayStation 2||Oct 21, 2004||70|
|GameStar (Germany)||Windows||Jun, 2005||67 out of 100||67|
|GameSpot||Xbox||Oct 25, 2004||6.7 out of 10||67|
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ExtrasThe Polish version contains the first three Bard's Tale games as a bonus, just like the US one, but apparently unlike any other European release.
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