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  • Summary: 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.” – IGNYou are the Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars. Through magical song you summon characters to join you in battle-waging attacks, heal your party, and taking damage on your behalf. Ready your weapon as you embark on a 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 ChroniclesPlay The Bard’s Tale today on your favorite compatible iOS device*. 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 NarratorBut 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!•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.)•Custom-redesigned user-interface for touch control•Adaptive rendering takes full advantage of your hardware to create the best possible experience--including HD resolution and 60Hz video refresh on capable devices.** iOS adaptation by Square One Games. “This game is satire in its sharpest form” – Cheat Code CentralDon’t wait to enjoy this modern, tongue-in-cheek interpretation of the original Bard's Tale (the 1985 grandfather of all role-playing games) by its original producer, Brian Fargo. Here is more of what makes it great:•Advanced Attitude system: Your snarky or nice decisions change the course of the game—be crass or show some class. Your attitude will affect the events that unfold and create a personalized experience. •Bustling environments, alive with interactive townsfolk, birds, animals, rustling trees, waving grass and trickling water, that immerse the player deep into the Bard's world. •Based on the fables of the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland—the inspiration for the classic fantasy worlds. Enjoy the rich textures, music and sounds of these storied lands.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. ** HD on iPhone 4S and iPad 2, with 60Hz display refresh with in-game “Battery Savings” option turned off. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 83
    Special props to the narration from the late Tony Jay, whose incredulity and exasperation with pretty much everything in the game is a warm delight.
  2. Dec 8, 2011
    80
    If you care more about story and overall presentation, then Bard's humorous story, great voice acting, and decent graphics should leave you highly satisfied.
  3. Dec 6, 2011
    80
    The Bard's Tale is a near perfect adaption of the 2004 original and while this means players can expect a quality title, it also means people who disliked it the first time around are unlikely to be persuaded to enjoy it this time around.
  4. Dec 9, 2011
    80
    This funny and entertaining take on the fantasy-RPG genre isn't without fault, but it manages to win you over regardless. A few hours in the hilarious company of The Bard is enough to make you question everything you know about RPG titles.
  5. Dec 11, 2011
    80
    There are some issues to the port of The Bard's Tale, but they pale in comparison to the vast amount of fun the game is. I feel really interested in finding the princess, and climbing towers filled with enemies to reach her. The characters feel genuine, and I can sympathize with the frustration he feels when he tries to negotiate with the multiple Bodbs.
  6. Dec 21, 2011
    80
    Aside from the Old School implementation of game saves, The Bard's Tale is a great trip down memory lane that actually feels more suited to iOS.
  7. Dec 5, 2011
    75
    An excellent port of a fun and over-looked console RPG with hours of adventure, plenty of adult humor, and solid role-playing mechanics.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. Dec 10, 2011
    10
    This game is a beast and easily the best game I've played on iOS so far. It's similar to Diablo but with more strategy involved. I particularly enjoyed the humor. It will definitely have you LOL. Expand
  2. R8R
    Jan 21, 2012
    10
    The best game on iOS hands down. It's like Baldur's Gate in your pocket! Graphics are sweet and smooth like a good ale. The gameplay is fun and the story line hilarious. The voice acting is amazing and add hours of fun to the game. Go Bard! Expand
  3. Nov 9, 2013
    9
    Great game with tons of funny dialogs, and its not so short as someone told, nice to play this game in this mobile version, all the lore its there, and the interface its quite good, Expand
  4. Dec 3, 2011
    8
    Not a bad game,it has engaging gameplay and pretty graphical design and I think that this is the biggest rpg in app store.This game is in any case better then aralon. Expand