The Bard's Tale

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Medium level animated violence
Release date: 1 April 2005
Developer: inXile
Publisher: Ubisoft


Grab your lute and pull up a flagon of ale, as The Bard's Tale is retold on PlayStation 2 in all its bawdy glory.

Many PS2 owners would have been mere twinkles in their parents' eye when The Bard's Tale was released for the Apple II computer way back in 1985, but that shouldn't stop anyone from enjoying this humorous and irreverent medieval RPG. If you're tired of saving humankind or bored of game scripts that take themselves a bit too seriously, The Bard's Tale could well be for you.

You play as the titular Bard, a roguish, manipulative and lewd songster whose priorities in life are the acquisition of material wealth and carnal pleasures. The Bard's pretty sarcastic by nature, but you get to decide just how scathing he is by selecting 'Nice' or 'Sarky' responses. Watch out you don't get too cocky though; folk you've upset may come back to haunt you.

During his raucous adventures, the Bard recruits a motley band of eccentrics and misfits to help in his ignoble cause. Enemies can be defeated using traditional or magical weapons, and you can also use the Bard's dulcet tones to summon creatures.


  • Hilarious medieval action RPG with non-linear storyline

  • Recruit your own party of strays and weirdos

  • Use weapons, magic and song to get your way




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