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The Bard's Quest: Dungeons of the Unknown DOS Title screen, shareware version (VGA).


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The Bard's Quest is a shareware role-playing game created with the The Bard's Tale Construction Set. The author describes the game as "loosely based on the Bard's Tale series", and the plot begins in the same place as the sample scenario shipped with the Construction Set: the village of Isil Thania. The player's initial objective is to assemble a party of adventurers and investigate the legend of the mysterious Star Light Cult.

The game is split into three parts:
  • The Bards Quest I: The Legend of Isil Thania (shareware episode)
  • The Bard's Quest II: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (registered episode)
  • The Bard's Quest III: Dungeons of Darkness (registered episode)
The second episode could be ordered with or without the third one. Apart from two more episodes, registered users would receive cluebooks, maps and free updates for 12 months, according to the shareware manual.


The Bard's Quest: Dungeons of the Unknown DOS Combat encounter (CGA).
The Bard's Quest: Dungeons of the Unknown DOS Game start (EGA).
The Bard's Quest: Dungeons of the Unknown DOS Another empty building (VGA).
The Bard's Quest: Dungeons of the Unknown DOS The battler is won and you get some treasure! (VGA)

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Topic # Posts Last Post
is this a real game? 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (62118)
Aug 18, 2018


Plagiarism controversy

The first episode of The Bard's Quest appears to be an only slightly edited version of the sample scenario that shipped with The Bard's Tale Construction Set ("The Star Light Festival"), leading to accusations of plagiarism coming from some users. However it is not clear if such use of the sample scenario was provided for or not by the license agreement of the Construction Set.
MrFlibble (13277) added The Bard's Quest: Dungeons of the Unknown (DOS) on Aug 15, 2018