A game about parrying, attacking, and overcoming difficult foes
User reviews:
Overall:
Very Positive (82 reviews) - 81% of the 82 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 26, 2015

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy A Bastard's Tale

SUMMER SALE! Offer ends July 4

-66%
$4.99
$1.69
 

Recent updates View all (3)

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.

2 comments Read more

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.

5 comments Read more

Reviews

“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.


Features

  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Overall:
Very Positive (82 reviews)
Recently Posted
Jordash
( 1.0 hrs on record )
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!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Camtopian
( 4.0 hrs on record )
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
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Kapot
( 4.8 hrs on record )
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.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
The Main Antagonist
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
this game made me kill my entire ♥♥♥♥ing family
piece of ♥♥♥♥ i hate it
10/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Milan Stanojevic
( 12.3 hrs on record )
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!!!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
No One
( 0.4 hrs on record )
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!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
McButtyFunklenuts
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
I love Dark Souls so i bought this, I've only played a little bit so far but it is fun as ♥♥♥♥! Would recommend.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
TennyS
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
10/10 GOOD GAME.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Nameless
( 23.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
A ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥'s Tale is an overlooked gem that presents a punishing but very fair experience through tight controls, atmospheric soundtrack and wonderful aesthetics that evokes the memories of old masterpieces like Moonstone.
No collectables, microtransactions, skinner boxes, loot, xp or skins. It's just a good game without any superfluous nonsense. Highly recommended.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Drizzel
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
A ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ of a game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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).
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
a video review:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=541362723

+ 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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

Gameplay Footage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_cYJPMG2j0
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
26 of 42 people (62%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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!!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny