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Like Diablo and countless others, most of your time in Bard’s fantasy United Kingdom is spent wandering dungeons and forests, cutting up beasts and monsters, acquiring treasure to buy new weapons and armor, all while completing point A to point B quests. It’s all as quaint and satisfying as a mug of home-brewed beer, but Tale does add some spice to the typical brew. The bard actually adds songs to his repertoire as he travels and unwillingly meets his heroic destiny, songs which summon up everything from elemental monsters, to warriors, and gods to heal him. It’s not much more than a pretty spell system, but it’s charming all the same. As with real bards, though, charm is half the appeal here. Come for the comfort-food play, stay for the chuckle-worthy dialogue. Special props to the narration from the late Tony Jay, whose incredulity and exasperation with pretty much everything in the game is a warm delight…
Really though, aside from the Old School implementation of game saves, The Bard’s Tale is a great trip down memory lane that actually feels more suited to iOS. Being able to play it whenever and wherever is certain to make fans happy, while newcomers can enjoy a humor-laden story that’s just as funny as it was seven years ago. Just be aware that the in-app purchases are completely unnecessary and each item can be earned normally through regular play.