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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"Personally, I love Bards. It's rare for them to be the star of an entire game. Enjoy the snarky adventure narrated by Tony Jay. Best sidekick ever, too!"
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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.”

“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

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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2 personne(s) sur 2 (100%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
6.7 heures en tout
Posté le : 1 juillet
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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2 personne(s) sur 2 (100%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
29.8 heures en tout
Posté le : 4 novembre
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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33 personne(s) sur 36 (92%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
37.6 heures en tout
Posté le : 12 juillet
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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38 personne(s) sur 50 (76%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
1.6 heures en tout
Posté le : 30 juin
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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17 personne(s) sur 17 (100%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
65.9 heures en tout
Posté le : 30 octobre
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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13 personne(s) sur 15 (87%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
126.1 heures en tout
Posté le : 3 août
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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17 personne(s) sur 23 (74%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
77.2 heures en tout
Posté le : 27 juin
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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7 personne(s) sur 7 (100%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
4.6 heures en tout
Posté le : 12 novembre
I doubt I'm even 1% done. This game is actually pretty good. It's graphics aren't bad for the time they were made, and I kind of like the feel they give. They aren't really retro, but still bring nostalgia. The voice acting is great, and it has a great storyline, with different responses you can choose, a kind response or a rude response and both change the outcome of the story, whether it be a small change or a large one. It's got a thorough skill system, and might I say, one of the most descriptive smithy shops in a game. The works are very described, but not so much in a way that they take forever to understand. They are clear, to the point, and yet aren't short. There are a couple glitches, and one that has halted my progress 4 hours in, which I am very upset about, but still, I love this game. And hey, every good game has glitches, It's possible to beat Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time in under half an hour because of them. Who doesn't love glitches?
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4 personne(s) sur 4 (100%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
13.6 heures en tout
Posté le : 7 octobre
What the game doesn't have in graphics and gameplay, it more then makes up with incredible humor and sharp sarcasm. Well worth purchasing and playing through once or twice for all the awesome dialogs. Greatly enjoyed it!
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5 personne(s) sur 6 (83%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
3.4 heures en tout
Posté le : 13 août
A classic RPG that should be in EVERY RPG fan library. It has a great story, some nice puzzle elements, and it's wrapped together by humorous banter between the onscreen character and offscreen narrator.
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4 personne(s) sur 5 (80%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
41.4 heures en tout
Posté le : 5 septembre
I love the humor and game play in The Bards Tale. The story line makes it interesting and fun in the natural flow of the game.
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4 personne(s) sur 5 (80%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
54.6 heures en tout
Posté le : 15 novembre
my all time favorite game.
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5 personne(s) sur 8 (63%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
1.2 heures en tout
Posté le : 25 juin
Drunken singers, accents, 4th wall destruction, innuendos, even good old save points. This is a great game from what I have experienced so far.
( Note: Havent played this game very much but from what I have played it seems really good. I will change this if that changes)
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Posté le : 26 novembre
I purchased this game primarily for the three original Bard's Tale games - which were favorites back in the days of my old C64. However, I've been pleasantly surprised by newer version, even though it has little in common with the original series. The Bard's Tale has a sharp wit and isn't afraid to lampoon traditional sword & sorcery RPG games in a most amusing fashion. With Carey Elwes providing the voice of the Bard, the producers couldn't help but tip their hats to "The Princess Bride" at various points in the story. While the game is hardly cutting edge in terms of game play or graphics, it is a breath of fresh air compared to much of the turgid and predictable fare found in fantasy gaming. An overlooked gem.
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Posté le : 6 novembre
Fun game. The humorous banter is amusing at first but get old after a while and travelling around gets monotonous but otherwise I enjoyed it.
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Posté le : 24 novembre
great gameplay and story. Funny and fun for lovers of simple rpgs and snarky comments
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Posté le : 30 septembre
Been a while since playing this on the Xbox but from what I've seen on the pc version (which does have controller support), the art still looks decent but the music & voice acting along with the humorous writing are still incredibly good. If you want a good game with some British humor to it plus getting the original Bards Tale games included, this is quite worth it.
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Posté le : 25 juin
Great if you like 4th wall breaks, terrible humor, and a main character who thrives on snark.
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Posté le : 30 novembre
I was obligated to by this game because of my username
I don't regret it

Funny, sarcastic, and entertaining. Like good ol'-fashioned role-playing games? May as well give it a whirl
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3 personne(s) sur 4 (75%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
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Posté le : 22 avril
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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