A game about parrying, attacking, and overcoming difficult foes
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Very Positive (77 reviews) - 83% of the 77 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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“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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
10/10 players thought this was better then no mans sky. on a serious note its a difficult as hell cheap as ♥♥♥♥ awesome retro kind of game and i like it quite a bit i sure dont sink hours on it but i do enjoy this from time to time and the price its worth it, gonna get your ♥♥♥ kicked alot though
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32 of 35 people (91%) 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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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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19 of 29 people (66%) 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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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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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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7 of 9 people (78%) 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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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2015
Great game, highly addictive but equally rewarding. Keen to see some updates.
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5.7 hrs
Posted: October 10
addicting as ♥♥♥♥, Very hard.
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10.4 hrs
Posted: October 8
I don't know why I bothered to give this game another try. I saw that it had a higher review average now, but nothing's changed.

This is a classic example of a game design concept that sounds awesome on paper, but in practice it's a cluster♥♥♥♥. It's a fighting/blocking system focused around directional inputs in a 2D game. With such small sprites, it's impossible to gauge depth with the enemy's attacks, which is pivotal if you're blocking or attacking anything other than overhead slashes. But of course, the enemies don't have this problem, and attack literally relentlessly. When I first started the game, I blocked/attempted to block the enemy until they stopped attacking, waiting for an opening where it would be wise to strike.

But enemies in this game don't stop attacking. There isn't really any rhyme or reason to it, no real patterns other than 'oh these enemies rush at you and you need to hit them before they hit you', or 'you need to knock this enemy's spear out of the way to stun them and prevent their attack, but the only frames in which you can actually HIT their spear are A. When you're far enough away that you won't even be able to reach the enemy with your slowass walking speed before they get up or B. When they're about to hit you. If you hit the vulnerable part of their spear with your sword during any other frame of their animation? Passes through harmlessly.

Avoid this game. Get it for free if you can, get the cards, uninstall, then hide it.
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All Might
4.2 hrs
Posted: September 16
A Challenging game that will keep you busy for hours. :)
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2.6 hrs
Posted: September 8
very hard to master, very pleasant when it happens.

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3.3 hrs
Posted: September 4
easy to play hard to be pro
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0.8 hrs
Posted: September 1
Pretty good. Yeah, that's it. I'm not gonna write out a short story for a damn flash game.
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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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