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The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight (DOS)

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Description

After a group of brave heroes defeated the wizard Mangar the Dark and freed Skara Brae from eternal winter, all seemed well in the world. However, the evil Archmage Lagoth Zanta shows up and splits the Destiny Wand into seven pieces, scattering them all over the land. The Destiny Wand has protected the lands for seven hundred years, and without it the realm will fall into chaos. Thus it falls upon the heroes to reforge it. One of them also has to ascend to the position of Archmage and use the wand to defeat Lagoth Zanta.

The Destiny Knight is the second installment in the Bard's Tale series, and a sequel to Tales of the Unknown. Like its predecessor, it is a fantasy role-playing game with first-person exploration of a pseudo-3D world and turn-based battles against randomly appearing enemies. The sequel features six towns as opposed to the predecessor's only one, and a larger overworld area. Dungeons contain more traps and puzzles than before.

The player can create a party of up to seven active characters, as well as create additional characters and store them at the Adventurer's Guild in every city. Available races are human, elf, dwarf, hobbit, half-elf, half-orc, and gnome. In addition, some monsters can join the party and be summoned during combat. It is also possible to store money and banks and gamble in the casino, though the latter feature has been removed from the PC version.

Screenshots

The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight DOS Treasure found
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight DOS Title screen
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight DOS Encountering monsters
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight DOS In the Adventurers Guild

Alternate Titles

  • "Bard's Tale 2" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

This Sequel is BETTER than the runaway hit Original ! Amazing! XplOrOrOr (16) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Yes, the sequel is better! ex_navynuke! (48) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Power Play Mar, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1992 75 out of 100 75
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1989 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

Development

Michael Cranford, the creator, was never directly employed by Electronic Arts. Instead he was brought in as an outside contractor. He designed the second game almost entirely from his home, and after a falling out with an old friend on he decided not to get involved with the third game.

Related Web Sites

  • Bard Songs (An online collection of Bard's Tale music transcribed to MIDI format. All from the PC versions.)
  • Bard's Tale 2 - The Destiny Knight Walkthrough/FAQ (This text solution includes monster references and more plus the full guide. Posted on CheatChaser.com)
  • Fan Site (Nice comprehensive site with links to maps, walkthroughs and other Bard's Tale 2 fan sites.)
  • The Bard's Tale Compendium (Very complete site with lots of information, hints, downloads for every game of the Bard's Tale series.)
Alan Chan (3559) added The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight (DOS) on Apr 03, 2000
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