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The Bard's Tale

Available Platform: Amiga - Alias: Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale

Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard’s Tale (or simply The Bard's Tale) is a role-playing game designed by Michael Cranford.

GenreRole Playing

92/100 based on 8 Editorial reviews. Add your vote

PublisherElectronic Arts
OS supportedWin7 64 bit, Win8 64bit, Windows 10, MacOS 10.6+
Updated21 February 2021

Game Review

Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard’s Tale (or simply The Bard's Tale) is a role-playing game designed by Michael Cranford. It was developed by Interplay. Released initially for the Apple II in 1985, the Commodore 64 and Amiga would follow in 1986, while ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, and DOS versions were released later.

Like most RPGs, there is, of course, an evil bad guy threatening the world. In this case, an evil wizard has sent his monster minions to harass all the humans. To make matters worse, the wizard has cast a spell to make it winter permanently. This is where you and your merry band of heroes come along. Creating a party of up to six characters, you must embark on a quest to defeat evil. Character classes include Bard (duh), Hunter, Monk, Paladin, and more. As the title suggests, the bard class is pretty important in this game, not only to support the rest of the team with his spells but also to solve some of the puzzles.

The game is a so-called dungeon-crawler; it uses a first-person view, and you can explore to your heart’s content. The areas are pretty maze-like, and you must keep your bearings to avoid getting lost. Enemy encounters are random, and combat is turn-based and represented via text rather than animation. Kill monsters, level up, buy better gear, and kick that wizard’s ass!

The Bard’s Tale received excellent reviews upon release and has won multiple awards. It was one of the best-selling RPGs of the '80s, with more than 400.000 copies sold, and it was especially successful on the Commodore 64. This is one of those classics that set the standard, and any RPG fan needs to add this one to their collection.

Brian Fargo himself, founder of Interplay, contributed to the game, as did Lawrence Holland, who composed the soundtrack and ended up working on the music of the Star Wars: X-Wing series.

Review by: Tasha
Published: 20 July 2017 12:39 am

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