The Bard's Tale Games App Review (iOS, $2.99)

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Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish

Seller: inXile Entertainment

Native iOS gamepad support - requires iOS 7.0+ and extended gamepad (model equipped with dual analog sticks)

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
81 Ratings
All Versions:
4219 Ratings
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Description

80% OFF!!! On sale at a price so low, even Crazy Thorvald thinks it's crazy! Get it before we come to our senses!

★★★★ #1 RPG in 75 countries, including USA, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Japan, and China! ★★★★

★ Sync your saved games between iOS and Mac! ★
★ Includes classic games trilogy! ★

They said it couldn’t be done… a full-scale massive 3D epic role-playing game on iOS! See why it’s the BIGGEST iOS game ever made!

“The Bard’s Tale is easily the funniest game I’ve ever played, and I’ve played all the funny games out there.” – IGN

You are the Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars. Through magical song you summon characters to join your quest for coin and cleavage!

“Ready your weapon and bladder as you embark on this ridiculously addicting quest and the funniest adventure of the year, The Bard’s Tale” – Game Chronicles

Prepare to immerse yourself in over 20-30 hours of adventure, featuring:

• 50 enemy types (not counting bosses!)
• A vast world to explore with towns, wild forests, rivers, castles, towers, secret dungeons, snowy mountains, caverns, haunted tombs and more
• A full cast of bizarre NPC’s
• Over a dozen special boss enemies to defeat
• 16 magical characters to discover and then summon at will to aid you
• Over 150 unique items of weaponry, armor, instruments, tokens, artifacts and loot!
• More Song & Dance numbers than any other game, including a zombie dance-off!
• Over 14 hours of outstanding voice-acting from top Hollywood talent, including Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) as the Bard, and the inimitable Tony Jay as the Narrator

But wait! That’s not all! Enjoy these great new additions in the iOS version:

New Features:
• Leaderboards—for accumulated Silver and Experience!
• Achievements—over 50 spread throughout the game!
• Autosave—option to save automatically when you near a save-book in game.
• iCloud Saves—option to save to iCloud, enables sharing saves across your iOS devices.
• Time-Savers—optional in-app purchases are available to pump up your Bard and save you time! (Note: All such items are attainable through normal game-play, with time and persistence, just as in the original console release.)
• Classics Games—includes original classic games The Bard’s Tale 1, 2 & 3.
• Supports 60beat® GamePad.


Universal App with Adaptive Rendering:
For a single low price, play on all your compatible* devices! The Bard’s Tale takes full advantage of your hardware to maximize your experience--including HD resolution and 60Hz video refresh on capable devices.** iOS adaptation by Square One Games.

• iPad4: 2048x1536 + enhanced rendering**
• iPad3: 1536x1152 + enhanced rendering**
• iPad2/Mini: 1024x768 + enhanced rendering**
• iPhone5/iPod Touch 5G: 1136x640 + enhanced rendering**
• iPhone4S: 960x640 + enhanced rendering**
• iPad: 512x384
• iPhone*: 480x320
• iPhone*/ iPod Touch*: 480x320

“This game is satire in its sharpest form” – Cheat Code Central

Play The Bard’s Tale today!

* Compatible with iOS 4.0 and higher on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 3rd generation, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPad, and iPad2&3.
** HD on iPhone 4S/5, iPad2,Mini,3&4, iPod Touch 5G. Enhanced rendering includes: environment mapping, dynamic water surfaces, full shadow cast, and 60Hz display-refresh (with in-game “Battery Savings” option turned off).

Support:
We are committed to improvement. Please send support requests through The Bard’s Tale Support link below.

IT IS HUGE!
Please note: Installation over Wi-Fi can temporarily require as much as 3.4GB of free space on your device.

Customer Reviews

  • Fun at first

    by Meenie50

    The first part of this game in town of Houton, is fun. But when you have to go to the world map to go to diff towns it bogs down badly. You travel very very slowly but the monsters move much quicker. If they touch you, you go into an area where you have to kill all the enemies. Terribly annoying and really slows game. Also, there are many things you need to do that you would never know without going to the Internet and reading walkthroughs, really aggravating. I enjoyed playing for awhile but got tired if it and deleted it. Waste of money :( very disappointed.

  • Really enjoyed this game.

    by zillp

    Liked the original games. The humor in this was great.

  • What a great game!

    by Bovehan

    The reboot of The Bard's Tale is a lot of fun. Very good integration between Mac OS and iOS versions so you can pick up where you left off.

  • Great game!

    by U00sly2

    Great game from beginning to end. It seemed to have it all...humor, graphics, storyline, and a challenging gameplay. I feel it was well worth the money, and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Awesome

    by Ragingtigerpanda

    This is probably one of the most entertaining games I ever played <3

  • Awesome

    by jeromegshelton

    I wish there were more games like this. So much fun.

  • Incredible Game

    by xxkingcubaxx

    I've had this title in Xbox, I think I prefer it on my phone! This is an incredible port, well done!

  • Best game I've ever played

    by CrunchyOrphan

    If you are asking yourself: should I download this? Is it worth money? The answer is a resounding yes. This game is funny, extreeeeemely addictive, original, clever, challenging but not too challenging. The most fun I've had in a long time I was so sad when I finally beat the game.

  • Great deal!

    by The Contraption

    You can't beat a game of this quality for 2.99! If you don't buy this game on sale yer crazy! Great game at full price.

  • Great game!

    by Whyupdateanymore

    This is one of the best rpg games that I've found so far for iPad. Interface works well. Challenging enough to be entertaining but not frustrating. Played through second time right after finishing to try and get items missed on first run through. One of the few purchases that actually felt like a "full game". Good job inXile!

  • Great RPG. I had a blast

    by StrangerDJ

    Thank you. Its a great RPG: graphics, gameplay, almost no crashes, fun.... I wish there were more like it

  • Excellent Entertainment

    by Thomas Reinman

    - easy to learn controls and menus - incredible graphics - storyline/quests are full of surprises - character development is up to you to choose (nice vs. rude) - comical dialogues that will make you laugh! I bought this game two dad ago and beat it yesterday in a total of 7 hrs 30 min. The only thing I regret about getting this game is not taking my time more and enjoying it! But it!

  • Near perfect

    by Mykal1

    Hard to say anything bad about this game,I play it on a 1st gen iPad and it plays great,but yes there is the occasional lag,but the gameplay is do great it's easy to ignore when or if it does happen. The story is typical save the princess,but that's part if the humor this game has and it has plenty of humor,the singing creatures is worth a watch a time it two. It's all tongue in cheek humor and it's funny. The controls work perfectly and you have the option of moving the main buttons to a comfortable positions,which is awesome for comfort after all not everyone's thumbs come in the same size. So thank you devs for that genius option. The game is worth the coin and the time.

  • Best RPG for the iPad

    by CessnaPilotPaul

    Amazing RPG that does not take itself too serious.

  • Add some comedy to your hack 'n slash!

    by Proanonymous

    Overall well-written and fun game. Great tongue in cheek humor, balanced gameplay, unusual characters, nice graphics on iPad2. Love my dog, too!

  • Better than Viagra

    by Izzyqq

    I am rock solid wood playing this game!

  • Wow

    by Ajooba1982

    I don't like these types of games, but I decided to give it a try anyways. I have played it for a few hours and I must say I am loving it. One thing that the developers should put out there is that in the options menu, you can turn battery saving mode off to increase the frame rate. Makes a big difference.

  • Great game and very funny

    by Xinara

    Love this game, it plays well and is loads of fun. Cary Elwes as the Bard is awesome! Very funny.

  • Relaxing Play

    by Adab0y

    The game is actually not a challenge at all from start to finish. So why even play if it's so easy, because the story and songs are just great. So if your looking for a heart pumping game this isn't it, if you just in the mood to relax and have fun this is the game for you.

  • Already exceeded my expectations

    by Citizen.kane.

    Someone says a game is funny, I raise an eyebrow. But so far, I am laughing pretty well at the satire and slapstick humor, thanks to a superb cast. The gameplay is a lot of fun for diablo and baldurs gate fans...its a dungeon smashing game so the fights are repetitive. The music is fun and keeps the game interesting, and its nice to know theres cheap iaps just in case, although theyre not necessary. But expect a game with plenty of difficulty like diablo. The controls are only a bugger for five minutes, but one button gets accidentally pushed above the control stick a lot...i wont let that ruin the review though...get it while its cheap. Im having a lot of fun.

  • Wow

    by Jwbalula

    Great game. But when I save in fairyhunt woods, I can no longer save it load any other game but that. And I also cannot save on that game. So basically I can no longer progress. Iphone5c, ios7, fix it!

  • This game entertains!!!

    by sassyernurse

    This game is astounding. The dialog is wonderful. The game play was easy to pick up. Graphics are great! I truly hope this company makes some more games, they really get the concept of entertainment. Wish I could give more stars.

  • Anchored

    by Abradax

    Well written, funny, but poor game play for a post-1985 RPG.

  • Brilliant, Immersive, Funny

    by Sir Quarkalot

    Perfect game.

  • Beer Beer Beer

    by SwaggyHippy

    Beer Beer Beer Traditional A long time ago, way back in history, when all there was to drink was nothin but cups of tea. Along came a man by the name of Charlie Mops, and he invented a wonderful drink and he made it out of hops. He must have been an admiral a sultan or a king, and to his praises we shall always sing. Look what he has done for us he's filled us up with cheer! Lord bless Charlie Mops, the man who invented beer beer beer tiddly beer beer beer. The Curtis bar, the James' Pub, the Hole in the Wall as well one thing you can be sure of, its Charlie's beer they sell so all ye lads a lasses at eleven O'clock ye stop for five short seconds, remember Charlie Mops 1 2 3 4 5 He must have been an admiral a sultan or a king, and to his praises we shall always sing. Look what he has done for us he's filled us up with cheer! Lord bless Charlie Mops, the man who invented beer beer beer tiddly beer beer beer. A barrel of malt, a bushel of hops, you stir it around with a stick, the kind of lubrication to make your engine tick. 40 pints of wallop a day will keep away the quacks. Its only eight pence hapenny and one and six in tax, 1 2 3 4 5 He must have been an admiral a sultan or a king, and to his praises we shall always sing. Look what he has done for us he's filled us up with cheer! Lord bless Charlie Mops, the man who invented beer beer beer tiddly beer beer beer. The Lord bless Charlie Mops!

  • Good but crashes when app purchases

    by Scottaud

    Every time I try to look at an in app purchase it crashes....then I lose my progress at that point. Please fix.

  • This is a great game

    by Finrod007

    This is the RPG I have been waiting for on my iPad. It is funny, and keeps me entertained. I also got it on sale, for the money one of the best games I have purchased.

  • Really fun and funny!

    by Aaronskuse5510

    Don't download the original bards tale Trialgy. It's not very fun. Just boring and complex for the iOS. The new one however is great! I hope in the next update they let you play after you beat the game and not restart from the last save.

  • Good entertainment

    by Zelles

    Fun game , and you get to experience the originals too

  • Goddamn Awesome

    by Glithnar the Hideous

    This game is perfect. In addition to solid RPG gameplay, it makes fun of the way we play games in general. Also I love me some of those accents, so booyah. I got it when it was really cheap, and it would have been worth even more.

  • Great hack and slash game

    by Vinkor

    Great game a little tough with the controls at first. The only problem I have is it won't register my achievements on Game Center.

  • Good breifly

    by Perneir

    Was pretty good briefly until the Crashes (CTDs) Began around the time of last update...complete review after regaining ability to play.

  • Game of Thrones

    by ZingZap

    Great game. Fun, beautiful scenery. Hot chicks. HBO needs to hire these guys to do a Game of Thrones game.

  • True RPG experience

    by Only1andyr

    As good as any console RPG. We'll worth it.

  • So witty, fun and great graphics

    by coffee enjoyer

    Best game on my ipad

  • The best

    by Bashtord

    This game is up there with baldurs gate trilogy as the most fun RPG available.

  • Best of the Best!!

    by Chongiie

    I love this game overall. The quests are not too long, the gameplay is exciting, and controls are easy to maneuver. Not to mention the funny story lines and the very suspenseful quests. Graphics are blasting-ly amazing, and so far, there are no weird glitches that would interfere with the game. I'm usually not a fan of mobile RPG due to the small iphone screens and controls but this is one of the best games that I do not have a problem with, or should I say, the only one that I do not have a problem with. I am close to finishing this game and I am still very interested in what is going to happen next. I do not have a problem playing this on my iphone4 and recommend this to anyone who is in search of something familiarly different!

  • Best of the Best!!

    by Chongiie

    I love this game overall. The quests are not too long, the gameplay is exciting, and controls are easy to maneuver. Not to mention the funny story lines and the very suspenseful quests. Graphics are blasting-ly amazing, and so far, there are no weird glitches that would interfere with the game. I'm usually not a fan of mobile RPG due to the small iphone screens and controls but this is one of the best games that I do not have a problem with, or should I say, the only one that I do not have a problem with. I am close to finishing this game and I am still very interested in what is going to happen next. I do not have a problem playing this on my iphone4 and recommend this to anyone who is in search of something familiarly different!

  • Great Game

    by Hodeyduntyr

    Good as it was in the 90's, translated quite well to touch. The store options add that little extra boost also. I love this game then, and still do now. Thanks. Now try the Dark Alliance series

  • i love the game

    by jonydx

    what i love more of the game? the storyline is super funny jaja

  • Sweet update

    by mattsgreat5

    Really like the option for improved graphics and uncapped frame rate. Thanks! And this dev is consistent with their updates, you won't be disappointed if you're tempted.

  • Bad tech support

    by Granifar

    I'd easily give this game 5 stars for playability and fun factor. BUT, after 18 hours of gameplay, the game glitched and now I am stuck and can't go on. After 2 attempts to contact their support group (who are supposed to respond within 24 hrs) I have not heard a single thing from them. After paying for the app, I expect a response...

  • Goodgood

    by Cut night

    Goodgood

  • Great Game

    by Therin99

    It's a very deep game, and now one of my favourite iOS RPG's. A solid port, the UI is very strong, with tonnes of customisation possible (left-right handed, moving buttons etc) and a well-laid out character, equipment, etc section. All voice acted, the graphics are also pretty good, and fluid. Great atmosphere, with lots of the small touches, including plenty of humour. Highly recommended for all RPG fans.

  • Awesome revival of a great PS2 & NES series

    by cbmalta42

    Brilliant, hilarious writing and plot, excellent action and adventure elements, and an overall fun and engrossing gaming experience. Play control could be a tad tighter, but not enough to give this underrated masterpiece less than five stars.

  • Classic RPGS

    by Guveisycdhfbj

    First saw this on the PC going on 10years ago now. This is a great implementation and a classic in every sense of the word. you will love it!

  • Awesome game.

    by Wile E Coyotes

    I have been playing only for a little while but I find the game is easy to control and keeps you entertained. Well worth the money.

  • Fun, comedic, fun!

    by The Greenspleensubmarine

    A very good RPG, I can't stop playing it! Worth every cent

  • RageingGameing

    by Wyatt C

    This game is abosoulotly fantastic reminds me perfectly of the original game on the xbox

  • Im schocked

    by Knollwood23

    Updating my review to five stars, screen bug fixed! Get this game, if you like games, especially RPG style games, you have got to get this game (if you have not played it before). At this price you get hours of fun with no in game selling. Humor, thrills, danger, mystery, it's all there in a easy to use interface. Worth every penny. I hope the company has more games planned for the iPad. ----------------------------------- Im schocked that my brand new iPAD Air can NOT play this game! Each time I open it, I get the spalsh screen followed by a crash/closuer of the app! So, will a iPAd Air be coming soon?

  • Yeah very funny!

    by Noizemonger

    This is a very good buy! Hours of fun! I wonder if there will be a new bards tale in the future? Beer beer beer tiddly beer beer beer!!

  • Won't load iPad air still...

    by Jleewong

    Won't load on iPad air still.... Even after update.

  • +5 for gameplay, -5 for rampant, virulent misogyny

    by ecurve

    Finished the game, but it left such a bad taste that I wish I'd never picked it up.

  • iCloud Save still broken. Don't buy!

    by carlthewinner

    This game advertises iCloud support for saves so you can play on Mac, iPad , iPod and always continue where you left off. The iCloud save sync is broken in the ios version. I contacted their support weeks ago and they didn't respond at all don't bother till the update log says this is fixed.

  • iPad Air crash

    by Massassin

    I really wish I had read the reviews before buying. This game is an 100% no-go on the iPad Air.

  • Crashing on iPad Air

    by Pyao

    I bought my new iPad air so that I could play the trilogy and it won't load past the initial splash screen. I play on my iPhone 5 but it's so small. Please fix soon inXile!!

  • The absolute best

    by NickTech.com

    This is indeed the best game I have played on any phone to date. Better than the early Dungeon Hunter games before Gameloft turned to $^:!

  • Great Fun

    by Safe Search Off

    Never played it on the PC. Glad it's available in the App Store. One of the few iPhone games compelling enough to enjoy the full journey. The humor fits the Bard nicely. Fun story line. Highly recommend.

  • Won't even open iPad Air

    by SciFiCowboy

    I'm sure it's a great game. Once it actually opens and stops giving me the initial splash screen before returning to my home screen, I'll update the review. As for now, seems I just donated cash to the developer.

  • Crashes on iPad Air

    by MikeB1971

    Played wonderfully on iPad but crashes on my iPad air. Love the game, please fix ASAP!

  • Good and snarky

    by Scrub Kai

    Good snarky hack and slash

  • iPad Air: game will not open, it just crashes!

    by coastboy25

    Just got an iPad Air and bought this game. It always crashes when I try to open the game.

  • Incredible.

    by blink2x

    Probably the best game I have ever played on my phone. At the very least in the top 5, and I have over 400 on my phone.

  • Great game!!!

    by J12345dfrhfgc

    Funny dialog, no crashes, easy combat system, simple inventory/spell system. It had me hooked from the get go!

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