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Once upon a time there was a reviewer who loved adventures but hated role-playing games. Then he discovered The Bard's Tale on his [name of other computer deleted] and changed his mind. Now here it is in its 8-bit Speccy version and it's great to see that hardly anything has been lost in the conversion. Well, the graphics aren't as good, obviously, and gameplay isn't quite as smooth, but it's still a terrific job.
The Games Machine (UK)
The dungeons do hold further tasks and ever deadlier opponents, but the game boils down to the traditional hack-and-slay. Although this is the basis for most computerised fantasy roleplaying games, a little more depth would have gone a long way with The Bard's Tale.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Though something of the charm has been lost along with the excellent graphics and music of the sixteen-bit versions, The Bard's Tale remains the best attempt at computer FRPGs.