You are the Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars. Now includes original classic games The Bard’s Tale 1, 2 & 3!
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Date de parution: 17 juin 2005

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"Trigger warning: old game. A funny RPG game for a change. A pretty solid game with hilarious dialogues."

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“The Bard’s Tale is easily the funniest game I’ve ever played, and I’ve played all the funny games out there.”
– IGN

“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 Chronicles

“This game is satire in its sharpest form”
– Cheat Code Central

Nouvelle mise à jour

  • Comprend la Trilogie Originale
  • Mouvements avec les touches WASD
  • Ajout du Français, Allemand, Espagnol pour le texte et sous-titres
  • Dialogues Allemands (Accessible dans le menu options du son quand la langue du jeu est définie sur Allemand)
  • Prise en charge complète du plein écran et supporte les résolutions supérieures à une largeur de 1600.
  • Amélioration des performances.
  • Liens des adresses URL sur le menu principal pour les pages de soutien et les média liés.
  • Correction d'erreurs sur la version originale

À propos de ce jeu

Now includes original classic games The Bard’s Tale 1, 2 & 3!
You are the Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars. Through magical song you summon characters to join your quest for coin and cleavage!
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 Narrator
  • Classics Games—includes original classic games The Bard’s Tale 1, 2 & 3.

Configuration requise

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • Système d'exploitation : Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    • Processeur : Pentium 4 à 2 Ghz / AMD AthlonXP 2400
    • Mémoire Vive : 512 Mo de RAM
    • Affichage : Carte graphique GeForce FX5700 ou supérieure / ATI Radeon 9600 ou supérieure
    • DirectX® : 9.0c
    • Espace disque : 6 Go d'espace disque disponible
    • Son : Carte son compatible DirectX 9
    • OS: OS X 10.6.0 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 3.6GB Hard disk space
    • OS: X11 enabled Linux distro
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2Ghz / AMD AthlonXP 2400
    • Memory: 512Mb
    • Graphics: GeForce FX5700 or better / ATI Radeon 9600 or better
    • OpenGL: 2.0 compatible video card and compatible drivers
    • Hard Drive: 3.8GB of free space
    • Sound: OpenAL compatible sound card and necessary drivers
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7 personne(s) sur 7 (100%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
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Posté le : 6 mars
Really great RPG with excellent story and plenty of humor, it is still as good as in the day it was released it has aged well!
Rating: ★★★★★
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Posté le : 21 janvier
I have never bothered to review this game because, meh. However, since they added the original trilogy, this just got 1000 times better.

I still have my original 5.25 floppies and graph paper maps for the first game. I still have my character disk for the party I took through the whole trilogy. I think the fact that I still have those things is a testament to how much I loved the games. (or I'm just a hoarding nerd)

I highly recommend you play the old games in the old way. Get yourself some graph paper and make your own maps. Don't use the maps provided (cheater!). Print out the documentation and the map for Skara Brae and time warp back to the mid 80's.
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Posté le : 1 mai
You can block arrow with an sword 10/10
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Posté le : 12 décembre 2014
This game is an amazing example of good solid gameplay, perfect writing and a well executed concept. When friends ask for recommendations for fun or funny games, this is always at the top of the list. The interations between the Bard and the narrator are priceless. It may not look like I have a lot of time played, but i owned it on another platform and only repurchased it on steam to play it again.

why are you still reading this, you should be purchasing Bard's Tale now! Go!
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Posté le : 1 juillet 2014
Humour et rencontres de pnj font de ce jeu un Jdr à ne pas éviter. Amoureux des dernières technologies ou des graphisme HD s'abstenir.
Ici c'est plus l'atmosphere générale et le troisieme degrés qui priment.
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Posté le : 4 novembre 2014
Using the motor of Baldur's Gate, it lacks a bit a of large views. Besides that, the humour is really the masterpiece of that game. Some scenes are just hilarious. It also mocks the bad habit of "rpg" games like when our non-hero tells "WTF ? Dropping a sword on a wolf ?".
Gameplay as some nice ideas too.

Anyway, it could be a bit hard to understand if you are not used with Scottish accent, but playing without it would lost a lot of interest of that game
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4 personne(s) sur 5 (80%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
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Posté le : 22 avril 2014
Ce jeu fût une surprise. Offert sur un forum je m'y suis essayé et ne l'ai plus quitté jusqu'à le finir il y a quelques minutes. Quelques screens par ici (spoilers potentiels).

Le point fort de ce jeu est probablement son humour tout au long de l'aventure, avec un gameplay relativement classique mais solide. Vous ne vous ennuierez clairement pas. Etant un barde vous allez pouvoir apprendre différents airs qui, lorsque vous les jouez, invoqueront différentes créatures vous aidant dans vote quête. Du garde du corps en passant par l'archère, l'élémentaire de feu ou l'infirmière de service, il y en a 16 en tout à trouver ainsi que leur amélioration. Vous pourrez en avoir 1 auprès de vous au début et jusqu'à 4 vers la fin.
Vous concernant vous pouvez parer (notamment avec un bouclier mais toute arme le permet), étourdir et attaquer avec l'arme équipée. Au choix :
- Arme à une main (possibilité d'ambidextrie avec un poignard via talent)
- Arme à deux mains (à débloquer via talent)
- Arc (pas mal puissant dans ce jeu mais je l'ai découvert un peu tard)
- Fléau (à débloquer via talent) : possibilité d'étourdir à chaque coup mais plus lent.
- Deux armes uniques ayant chacune leur spécificité assez sympa. J'ai fini le jeu avec l'épée unique d'ailleurs dès son obtention. Elle a une allonge conséquente.

Pas mal de talents vous permettront d'avoir des capacités en plus pour les différents types d'armes (pluie de flêches, charge (bouclier), ...). D'autres talents indépendants sont très puissants comme la possibilité de faire des coups critiques et bien d'autres.

Pour ce qui est de la durée de vie, j'ai mis ~21h. En temps de jeu réel : 17h. J'ai joué en normal, et même là parfois le challenge ne manque pas. Vous vous rendrez compte qu'à certains moments dans le jeu il y a des pics de difficulté. On ne s'y attend pas trop mais avec les points de sauvegarde généreux vous vous en sortirez sans trop de mal. D'ailleurs outre les airs classiques il y en a 4 autres plus importants, n'hésitez pas à les utiliser. Ils utilisent des pierres mystiques qu'on trouve dans les coffres entre autres. Elles sont limitées dans le jeu mais y'en a largement assez pour les utiliser régulièrement. Si je l'avais fait plus souvent, j'aurais sûrement moins "galéré" sur certains passages (j'ai fini le jeu avec quasi 200 pierres).

Bref, un bon jeu d'aventure, bien fun et qui change un peu des classiques jeux dans le genre grâce essentiellement à son humour. Et rassurez-vous le gameplay est bon. Ce qui m'attire dans un jeu à la base c'est le gameplay, le scénario j'en ai jamais grand chose à foutre, c'est toujours la même chose. Ici ils ont su apporter un peu de fraîcheur et le tout se combine très bien ensemble.

NB : Petit conseil, à part si vous rushez le jeu, ne mettez pas plus de 17 points dans une stat. Vous trouverez des symboles en jeu vous permettant de gagner jusqu'à +3 dans chaque stat. Et le maximum / stat est de 20.
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2 personne(s) sur 2 (100%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
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Posté le : 12 décembre 2013
Que dire sur ce jeu? Bon, commençons par le début, c'est un hack & slash relaitvement basique dans la forme. Pas de classe, mais un peu de personnalisation via les caracteristiques, les talents, et les armes. Loin d'avoir l'étoffe d'un Diablo, il se défend. Alors, pourquoi est-ce que je ne joue pas à Diablo 3 au lieu de ce petit jeu au graphismes datés? Parce qu'il est drôle. Le héros est drôle, le narrateur est drôle, les personnages sont drôles, le scénario est drôle, les dialogues sont drôles... Ce jeu est rempli de petites blagues et références un peu partout, et le pire, c'est que par je ne sais quel miracle, ça ne devient jamais lourd, au contraire on se surprend à attendre les jeux sur les clichés, les piques du héros, ou les remarques du narrateur. Et puis il y a des chansons de tavernes avec karaoké, ça c'est cool.
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Posté le : 19 août 2014
UN TRES BON JEUX GRAFISME BIEN ON PEUX JOEUX AVEC LA MANETTES XBOX 360
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56 personne(s) sur 60 (93%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
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Posté le : 4 décembre 2013
The Bard's Tale is a great casual RPG that takes you back to gaming as it was nearly ten years ago. So be prepared for a top down third person view most of the time. What makes it most enjoyable are the bawdy humor in the dialog and the lyrics to the songs.

Our hero in the game, The Bard, is not really a hero; but a scounderal given to snarky comments and possessed of an ability to get himself into trouble. His comments are not limited to dialog with NPC's. He is equally capable of taking issue with the narrator and both seem to have a mutual hate relationship which adds to the fun. You'll also encounter Scottish, English and French accents with a healthy dose of Scottish words for things, which is fitting for story based on legends from the Orkney Islands of Scotland.

The Bard needs to recruit a team to help rescue a damsel in distress and true to his character, he's not willing to help without a reward, which the damsel offers. That offer ought to make you chuckle. Along the way you'll summon many creatures and finally figure out which ones are most useful to you. After that you'll have an opportunity to really wreak mayhem and get yourself into some interesting situations. The game is full of cliche's on purpose and they spice it up instead of detract from game-play. And of course there are always complications along the way to add dimension to the game.

The screen resolution choices are based on what was available at release time. Don't fuss over them too much. Pick the largest resolution with the same ratio as your screen and it ought to look fine anyway. Works fine on a 1900x1200 monitor.

It can be played with a controller, but you may find the onscreen prompts to be confusing and awkward. If you do use a controller, you can find a useful list of controls at http://www.gamefly.com/Rent-The-Bard%27s-Tale/109860/GameplayControls/ - seriously though, the game is best player with a mouse and keyboard. It just works better for a game this old.

The original game was released in 1985 and twenty years later this version was released with much improved graphical content and music. If you want the full retro experience, the menu system will let you load up the original game and have a go at it.

If you want to get a feel for the music and dialog in the 2005 version of the game, I would recommend these YouTube videos:

* The Tale of the Nuckelavee
* The Bard's Tale Silkbeard and the Viking Song
* Here's to the Bard
* The Chosen One #4 (There are several variations of this song and all of them have an Oompa Loopa feel to them right down to ending with a Diddly-Do.)

I just replayed a bit of the game on my Win gaming rig, but it will play equally well on a computer with low graphics capabilities. Worked just fine on a stripped down Mac Mini when I played it a few months back. (Disclaimer - used non-Steam version on my Mac.)
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50 personne(s) sur 52 (96%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
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Posté le : 30 octobre 2014
I enjoyed the game from the very beginning till the very end and probably will replay it at least once sometime later to buy all the extras (funny songs and arts there) and find two last tunes. The game is short enough (about 20 to 25 hours of gameplay tops, and you level cap could be achieved easily) but very funny and costs every cent of its price.

The strongest part of the game are its witty dialogues and excellent voicing, however the plot is not so bad too and jokes are good (and yes, I’m almost forty). Combat is simple, especially with a bow and easy mode (which affects only start attributes and number of save points, so don’t bother with harder difficulty). This game is really a game, not some kind of computer sport where you need huge guides on spell usage and skills allocation. Still, the summons are fun and efficient, the weapons are sparse but don't become obsolete too fast. You are free to experiment. Save points number and location are well chosen. Songs and music are awesome! I sing them under my nose now and then.

In short I like the game, the way it is designed, its gameplay and humour. If you are not combat-obsessed power gamer try it. If you are, still try it to for a change.
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44 personne(s) sur 47 (94%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
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Posté le : 12 juillet 2014
Top-down view RPG-lite, more of an action-adventure, I suppose - one of those titles that focuses more on the characters and story rather than loot, combat, or game mechanics in general.

That is not to say it abandons game mechanics completely - just simplifies them compared to more mainstream RPGs (especially "western", as opposed to JRPGs).

However, in the story department - it excels, with witty, humorous writing (it's essentially a parody/spoof of fantasy RPG games) and superb voice acting (at least in English version). Well worth playing just for that! And you'd be surprised how much is based on real world mythology and places.

There are essentially two main characters in the game - the eponymous Bard, whose misadventures you follow and whom you control directly, and The Narrator, who holds the Bard in great contempt, never failing to throw in some sarcastic commentary. There's fourth wall to be broken for sure, and generally the game does instill this idea that it is a tale, sort of reenactment you're witnessing, rather than directly participating in, at least that's how it worked for me - I would place myself, perhaps paradoxically, more next to The Narrator, who's spinning the tale, rather than the Bard, who's living (reliving?) it.

The story mostly revolves around Bard being a Chosen One, enduring trials and tribulations to save a princess, although his motives are clear: coin and cleavage, and definitely not saving the world. Which rapidly enters worse and worse state. Which may or may not be related to Bard's questing around. Nothing really to dwell on much, you're here pretty much to enjoy the ride.

I finished it on hard difficulty, but I wouldn't really bother if I were you, it only serves as annoyance really rather than a proper challenge, and everything can be easily cheesed anyway, with you shooting offscreen enemies with bows, minmaxing dexterity and rhythm (as a bard, you can summon variety of allies and rhythm makes them stronger), so playing it easy just lets you enjoy the ride more.

If you're unaware, it's well worth pointing out that none other than Brian Fargo is behind this game, one of industry titans (does Fallout ring a bell? something he was personally responsible for, not mentioning other great titles he was more or less involved with, and most recently, Kickstarter backed great promises of Torment and Wasteland 2). You really should cast away any doubts with regard to writing quality this game has to offer (mind though, again, it's not a "serious" title, and not big one either, giving off somewhat indie, passion project vibe rather than triple-A vibe Interplay could muster and inXile not so much, at least until Kickstarter and ever growing technological advances.. but I digress; look the guy up on Wikipedia if you don't know who he is).

Oh, it's bad luck to be you.
A chosen one of many isn't new
When you think you're full of luck
in the bullocks you'll get struck
Oh, it's bad luck to be you.
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34 personne(s) sur 39 (87%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
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Posté le : 13 février 2014
A classic. Game centers around The Bard, a less saving-the-world, more coins-and-cleavage kinda guy. Well worth my money.
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Posté le : 30 juin 2014
After you kill the big rate (your first quest), save the game and chose happy-face two times in a row when talking to the inn-girl.

Then load your last save and choose mad-face both times.

In that moment, you'll understand everything ;)
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26 personne(s) sur 32 (81%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
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Posté le : 26 novembre 2013
One of the best RPGs I ever played. Funny as hell, good story, interesting gameplay. Only problem i had with it is that it gets a tad repetitive towards the end.
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Posté le : 2 décembre 2013
This game is not a challenger to Diablo. You will not horde items and decide whether you would like the quicker sword with a less power, or the more powerful t hat's a bit slower. You won't have to make difficult decisions about whether to save a woman or save a town. The RPG mechanics are not innovative or thought-provoking. And the quest will not demand countless hours of your life. You will, however, enjoy every step in your (short) journey.

It's funny, it's quirky, and you'll never have to worry about anything except from moving forward. Everything you pick up is something you automatically equip or something that turns instantly to gold. (you should still look at what these things are, though, as often times it's hilarious). Even new weapons when you find one, will be automatically equipped, and your old sword will turn to gold. These are not admirable designs in deep, generic adventure games. In this game though, which you play alone, they are godsends.

It's cheap right now on Steam, and worth every penny. It won't change your life, but it will leave you happy.
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Posté le : 3 août 2014
There are very few games I play through more than once. There are even fewer RPGs. This is one of them. With the amazing vocal talents, excellent music, laugh-out-loud funny comments, asides, and conversations, this game will forever give me a smile.

As with the majority of RPGs, you're a low-level schmo who gets 'invited' to partake on an ever-expanding adventure where you ascend the level tree, getting bigger weapons, fighting bigger monsters, and eventually get the girl, and live happily ever after. Except in this case, the game shows that things aren't quite peachy, and seem to go downhill, rather than up.

The game shows you the wonderful side-effects of your murderous misanthropy, as you gaily stab, shoot and zap your way across a beautiful scottish and norse-themes fantasy land... Whether you follow the plot, or try to deviate from it, the wonderful writing keeps you amused, and on your toes, guiding you in the right direction at all times.

There's a LOT in this game, although it sometimes doesn't feel that way. The level-grinders will find a lot to keep them amused, the magic-lovers, the archers, the swordsmen, will all find that the balance is quite nice (although I think the bow may be slightly under-powered compared to the sword, but only by a fraction, and the ability to sit out of the action and pepper opponents with arrows is fun enough.). I've played this through as both sword and bow, and both are very playable.

I can heartily recommend this to anyone who likes a good old-fashioned RPG, but wants something with its tongue firmly wedged in its cheek. Wonderful on both PC and android, it's a great game for whiling away the hours.

The voice acting of the wonderful Tony Jay will forever be missed. His voice lives on in all the games and TV media he did. You should play this, just to hear his wry humour and phenomenal voice.

Thanks InXile! You've made an old-fashioned RPGer very happy!

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Posté le : 24 février 2014
Interesting game. It's very dated in the gameplay, lots of stunlocking (from you and enemies) which means fights later on can be completely one sided. To seemingly combat this, there are save points practically every 5 feet. I've had fights where I have sat with my back to a wall spamming parry+counter attack for a few minutes, staying invincible while doing damage. I've also had fights where I get charged in to a stunlock and killed before I can move.

The game pokes fun at the standard RPG quest requirements, where the main character often mocks how stupid the idea of climbing an impenetrable tower is, but every time there's a silly thing you are forced to do, you just joke about it then do it anyway.

All in all it's entertaining.

Controller recommended.
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Posté le : 27 juin 2014
Jesus ♥♥♥♥ing Christ it's been so long since I played this game last. On my long-gone PS2 the week it came out in 2004. Got it from one of my best friends not long ago, haven't played anything else since. Playing it as a kid was amazing, but I can't begin to describe how much fun I'm having now that I'm older, understand sexual jokes and implications, and know what the heck the 4th wall is.

This game is a gemstone among PS2 games, and having it re-amped in HD on my PC is beyond amazing.

If you played this even once as a child, getting it now is like giving your childhood memories multiple ♥♥♥♥♥♥s, but even if you never did, it's a game definitely worth playing. More suggested and recommended than any other game I've played <3
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Posté le : 2 décembre 2013
An absolutely underrated gem by inXile. With a combat system remnicient of the Dark Alliance and Champions of Norrath games for PS2, this wonderful adventure filled with song and dance has some of the most clever writing and dialogue I've seen in a comedic RPG. You play The Bard, a quick-witted silver-tongued minstrel with the power to summon creatures and companions through song. Narrated by the sultry Tony Jay, this snarky, heart-warming tale of adventure will have you singing in bloody stitches.

Prepare your Fourth Wall. It's in for a good breaking.
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