The Bard's Tale (iPhone)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.5
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.5
Overall User Score (2 votes) 4.5

Critic Reviews

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The A.V. Club
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.