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8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

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  3. Negative: 0 out of 4

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  1. BlueFalcon
    Aug 26, 2005
    8
    It's a hack and slasher with excellent humour. The hacking and slashing isn't super polished, but I found it much more entertaining than a lot of other games out there. I would recommend the game for sure.
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
  1. Its self-concious metacomedy helps elevate what is already a solid game into a sing-songily fine game. [Jan 2005, p.98]
  2. Ultimately, setting out to critique and parody so studiously such a hidebound genre has brought The Bard's Tale too close to what it was trying to distance itself from. This is a conventional, likeable dungeon crawl whose flashes of brilliance distract you from its accomplishments by hinting at how much more it could have been. [Christmas 2004, p.93]
  3. But while dumbing down the RPG premise for the casual console gamer might work for some people, it ultimately fell down for us by making the main action portion of the game really quite tiresome.