A game about parrying, attacking, and overcoming difficult foes
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Very Positive (86 reviews) - 81% of the 86 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 26, 2015

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May 7

Free Content for A Bastard's Tale

Updates include

Second level
- One enemy has been given more protection. I.e a shield.
- Enemy placements have been updated.
- The boss has been nerfed. The number of rage quits on the second level has been alarming. To somewhat counteract this nerf other enemies have become harder.

Third Level
- New Enemy!
- The boss has become harder since he no longer staggers.

With this third update A Bastard’s Tale now have over 20 unique enemies to overcome.

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March 8

Free Content Upgrade for A Bastard's Tale

Graphics update for a Bastards Tale.

Second free content upgrade for A Bastard Tale.
- The graphics in level 1 and 2 have been improved.
- Smaller tweaks to some enemies.
- A windows mode has been added that can be toggled with the left mouse button.

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“A Bastard’s Tale is a game that takes you back to the good old days, with great pixilated looks, a mood setting soundtrack and a solid gameplay foundation, thanks to its great mechanics.”
9 – http://3rd-strike.com/a-bastards-tale-review/

“the addictive gameplay and need to get just a little further will keep pulling you in every time. This is a game that’s great for killing time in short bursts and one to recommend.”
8.2 – http://www.gamersftw.co.uk/a-bastards-tale-review/

“If you're willing to give this game the respect it deserves, you'll find one of the best indie titles of the year.”
8 – Gamegrin

About This Game

Deep game-play, you constantly have to adapt to how the enemy attacks and defends.

Big variation in enemy types. The game offers numerous enemies with different attack patterns and weaknesses.

If you enjoy the feeling of satisfaction when triumphing over a difficult foe this might be the game for you.


  • Unique game-play mechanics and a real challenge
  • 5 levels to beat with over 20 unique enemies to conquer
  • Replay value in New Game and New Game Plus
  • Set high-scores in an Endless Fighter Mode
  • Controller support
  • Customizable keyboard controls

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows ME and 2000 and later
    • Processor: CPU with SSE2 support, including Intel Pentium 4, Pentium M, Core or Atom, AMD Athlon 64 or later.
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 68 MB available space
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Very Positive (86 reviews)
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2.8 hrs
Posted: August 6
One of the most addicting and challenging games I've ever played! Fun soundtrack, awesome pixel art, and a wonderful difficulty that is surprisingly fair.
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10.5 hrs
Posted: July 14
Well, I died about a dozen times and made it to the first enemy with a lifebar once before I killed the first old man on the first stage and somehow sent the game into an infinite loop. No enemies spawned, I just kept walking with nothing happening for about 2 minutes before I put down the controller and walked away. Left the game running to get cards, if you're wondering about the 10+ hour play time, I really spent like 15 minutes with the game. Didn't really like the game but I'm not the Dark Souls kind of person. Great concept that isn't fully fleshed out, Infinity/10, would walk forever into nothingness again.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: July 4
The idea behind this game is a neat one and the pros of this game is:

-You attack using three sides, so to speak: Overhead attack, left attack and right attack which is pretty creative.
-In addition, you also block the same way so you have to coordinate to block enemy's attacks.
-Love the detailed pixelated graphics.
-It's stupidly hard but like Dark Souls and other hard games, you'll overcome them eventually. Emphasis on eventually.

Now you might think, "Wow, this game might be pretty neat!". However, like everything, with light comes dark, with fire comes water, with bread comes butter, with KFC comes fries, you get what I mean. With pros comes the cons:

-There's no way to tell where the enemy will attack unless you have REALLY quick reaction time, you'll overcome enemies eventually like the intellegent human being you are. Again, emphasis on eventually.
-The combat, although creative and sometimes fun, is quite repetitive and lackluster.
-Hitting something feels really weak, especially for a guy with a greatsword and full steel armor.
-It's not a fair game by any means, like the first point mentioned, you'll have no idea how the enemy attack untill after they kill you and in addition, there's no counter-attack or anything other than the repetitive combat.
-The stages feel really lazy since it seems like just a moving picture and no interaction with the environment whatsoever.
-I get it that it's a medieval game and there's only knights and peasants and other soldiers but the enemies' concepts aren't exactly creative or interesting to look at and sooner or later, you'll be bored.

Overall, it's a neat game for 5 bucks but it needs polishing and some more creativity put into it before I can actually recommend it to anyone. It's NOT a chill and casual game if you are thinking that. I hope the devs implement more features, more interactions, more weapons, more items, more variety way of fighting into the game and more combat options to keep the game interesting.
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Dune Tiger
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 3
One doesn't need to spend intimate hours with A ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥'s Tale to know what it has in store. Traipse through the first level and you'll understand that it only gets harder from there (and does it ever). And by traipse, I mean die horrifically many times before you get the proverbial "aha" moment and meander on through, only to be killed right off the bat in the next level.

You play as an armored footman (or a horseless knight). There may be a story, but it's irrelevant; the whole point of the game is to go from left to right and defeat the level boss. This is something we've all been doing for years. Pretty simple, right? Wrong. Despite the clanky armor our nameless hero wears, he's a bit on the fragile side and you'll need to defend yourself from incoming attacks. Just as you can swing your sword overhead, left, or right, you must also block overhead, left, or right.

You'll quickly learn that the game is not about to hold your hand. In most games with this kind of gimmick, the enemies properly telegraph their attacks in order to give the player a chance to react. In this game, however, the moment you encounter your first enemy, you'll find that these peasants are really cheesed at you for some reason and will attack in a flurry. The telegraphing is still there, mind you, but like the ceaselessly-talking gossip girl in the hallway, you just can't get a word in edgewise. You'll be so busy trying to block an endless series of attacks that you might forget to switch it up a bit and get a hit in yourself.

It looks pretty great, too. The pixel art is variable (peasants look kinda wonky), but generally consistent and nothing will seem truly out of place. The best art is reserved for your own knight and the knights that you will inevitably meet who want to cut your face off. Each clunky walk animation expertly describes the character's weight and attacks get a boost in frames to really make it feel like combat is lightning-quick.

This is a game for the old-school arcade-goer. It's a title that would have been perfectly at home munching quarters in a dingy 80s arcade cabinet, only to be mastered by those who refuse to let a game beat them. Pattern recognition and quick twitchy reflexes will win the day here, not methodical fancy moves and ultra combos. No superpowers, no special items, no enhanced weapons. Just you and your fingers navigating a game that is definitely out to kill you, get under your skin, and perhaps haunt your dreams. The only reason I don't have a lot of time in it is because the second level makes me cry like a b***h.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: June 16
I have but one complaint to give to this outstanding little game: it lacks a reset button! Sometimes you just KNOW you've ♥♥♥♥ed up beyond the point of no return, and for folks with short attention spans like myself the waiting for the sweet release of death can be more annoying than the actual act of failure!

This bastar dly game costs less than the last beer I bought (and it has at least twice the replay value), so for the unmedicated masses I enthusiastically give this gem two baby thumbs-ups!
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4.1 hrs
Posted: June 14
This game will break your spirit. Right when you think your getting good .some weak starving black dude just ♥♥♥♥s me up with a wooden stick a ♥♥♥♥ing wooden stick whats the ♥♥♥♥ing point of this ♥♥♥♥ing armor godamnit
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4.8 hrs
Posted: June 1
Not only A ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥'s Tale is a lot better than what I was expecting but it's also super cheap (it gets on sale all the time).

The game is really simple, you can block in 3 different directions and attack in 3 different directions. Avoid being hit and kill your enemies as you go to the right.
Often you'll face enemies faster and with more reach than you, forcing you to perfectly block a few hits before you can land your own.

Some people think this game is incredibly satisfying while others say it's just rage inducing. In my opinion it's both but you can avoid the rage inducing part by taking a break after a few deaths.
It's worth a try.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: May 20
this game made me kill my entire ♥♥♥♥ing family
piece of ♥♥♥♥ i hate it
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Milan Stanojevic
12.3 hrs
Posted: May 18
Product received for free
This game make Chuck Noris cry like a little baby! I made it, I have won my first game (all 5 lvls) and I have died ♥♥♥♥ing 110times xD But I really like this game and Im looking foward to ITS updates!!!
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0.4 hrs
Posted: May 15
Such an awesome game! Art style, gameplay, details in it! Espeacilly the death animations. I like they change to the way you swing. With enough practice as the trailer says game is so cool. It really gives that tense to you. You can feel that hit. You can feel that victory inside you. IT IS SO COOL! The only thing I didn't like is that characters repeat it self. Maybe with a different color or with a different hair it would be better. But that doesn't effect this: 10/10 Awesome Game!
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2015
Controls on keyboard feel a little wonky at first, but you quickly get used to them. Think of this game as a retro Dark Souls. You will die, you will get trampled by cows, you will get frustrated, but every minor victory and mechanic you figure out somehow keeps you going.

That minor reward of getting a little bit further each time keeps pressing you on.
Each defeat you suffer is a reminder of what to keep in mind for next time.

It's a neat little game for five bucks. Great for killing time (and enemies).
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2015
TL;DR: I highly recommend this game!

The retro aesthetic, music and sound effects are great. What's much greater is the simple, yet elegant game play mechanics.

It couldn't be simpler: you defend three angles with their associated keys, and attack from the same angles with their associated keys.

Sounds intriguing, right?

At first, I found it quite challenging. However, as the game progresses, your reflexes, knowledge of enemies and confidence will grow, allowing you to proceed with a level of difficulty that feels just right.

Staying calm and focused will help you tremendously. Perseverance is key here!

Good luck. I enjoyed every minute of it! After completion, I felt extremely satisfied.
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
a video review:

+ pixel art is decent
+ enemies have unique tactics to fight
+ the title is the story (i like simple plots in games)
+ levels are short, entertaining, and varied

~ dark souls-ish feeling
~ only one diffeculty, hard-ish

- controls, not good for situations that require fast reactions
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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
A ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥'s Tale is a slow and combat-centric action game that feels a lot like it belongs on an Atari ST or Amiga 500. I really like the basic idea behind it: three attacks (low, mid, high) and three blocks as well as a dodge roll are your moveset to conquer various foes each with their own unique moves. Studying the enemies and learning distances, timings as well as when to block and at which position could be great fun and to an extent are.

However, the game is very hard to read and suffers from it - it is not exactly obvious which attack is which and how to block 'em. In order for this title to work really well, the various attacks and stances would have to be much more distinct and telegraphed better. It kinda works the way it is, but it is frustratingly hard - hard because it is not very well done rather than complex or particularly skillful. The game also lacks in the motivational department - having to replay each stage (as short as they are) in order to try your hands at bosses again quickly becomes boring and even punishing - especially when you figured the stage out and there is nothing to gain in experience or knowledge from foes.

Good concept, not so good execution. Would try out a sequel that was more visually pleasing, fixed the things mentioned above and maybe introduced counter attacks / one-hit kill techniques / disarmament. A ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥'s Tale as it is, is very niche and not exactly for everyone, myself included.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
This game is infuriating. Full of cheap tricks, with enemies who can attack just out of range of you and hard to read moves due to the pixelated nature of the graphics. However, it's also pretty fun and you can't help but yell out in joy when you finally bring down an opponent who has defeated you 15 times. The purpose of the game is you are a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Knight who walks from one end of a map to the other. You'll be faced with enemies that must be blocked, dodged and parried if you wish to make it to the end. You'll start with peasants with pitchforks and cattle and by level 2 you'll be fighting pikemen and horse-mounted lancers. The only way to defeat these enemies is to figure it out, step by step. There are no hints, no guides, no tutorials and no power-ups that will give you an edge in combat. It's just you, your dodge, your block and your sword. The difficulty is pretty high and potions that heal are far and few between, generally one per level. Oddly enough, it makes me think of a side-scrolling Dark Souls due to the unforgiving nature and the expectation that you will die... a lot... until you figure out how to defeat your enemies.

Essentially, I found this game to be frustratingly hard but every little victory felt like I had overcome all the odds and I could see I was getting better at the game. For the low price and the relatively simple concept, I would definitely recommend this one to masochists.

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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
Brilliantly simple and addicting game. Very punishing. Be prepared to train and grind a lot.
Definitely worth a few bucks if you are into punishing games.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2015
Hard, hard game but I want to beat it!!

Love the retro graphics and music. I learned to maneuver the controls after a while and it´s very rewarding when you are able to progress..

Recommend it!!
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2015
The real ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ is that guy who hit you and ran.
Amazing! If you like challenging games that's the game. Download the demo first.

Tip: Don't change the controls, you get used to.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
This game is simple and frustrating, but equally rewarding.

I played for a little, rage quit, came back and beat the first level and let out a roar of enthusiasm as I got rewarded with an achievement and a nice little picture, next level, beat a couple guys and laughed as the horseman flew into the air, then a knight that looked like me beat the tar out of me, now I'm listening to the games music loop, sedating my mild frustration with this game.

You really have to learn to read the moves and the overhead ones are the only ones it's easy to tell right away. The movements seem a bit slow, but I haven't got very far yet. Each different enemy type I've encountered required a different strategy. I refuse to look for any hints on youtube, not that they would probably help much anyway.

As the title implies, it is a bast^rd of a game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
This game surprised me in a few different ways. I bought it at a really low price, and wasn't expecting much, even after playing the first level. When I got to the boss of the second level, I knew the game would change drastically. Enemies were much more challenging and brutal, and each one had a very different way of being fought. When I beat the game I almost cried because it was hard, but fun at the same time, because if I died, it was because I didn't have enough reflexes.
The game itself is very simple. You just need to parry at the right position and counter attack, rolling is also an option. The endless fighter mode is an endurance test to see how many enemies you can defeat in a row, restoring health each 10 enemies you kill, there's a lot of frustration and fun to be had. No need to wait for a promotion like I did, at full price the game is worth it.
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