The Bard’s Tale

The Bard’s Tale

Hilarious questing action with a British humour twist

The Bard’s Tale is a pure role-playing experience, and although it’s a re-release of the 2004 Xbox original, the experience is perfectly suited to the iPad’s touchscreen.

What’s interesting about The Bard’s Tale is that the studio is based in the States, but the humour boasts a British bite that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Monty Python sketch. The plot focuses on the Bard, a cheeky rogue with a penchant for chasing buxom wenches and selling his adventuring skills.

As you go, the incredibly English narrator waxes lyrical about the Bard’s escape, and the two banter back and forth. What starts as a simple quest to win over an attractive bar hostess quickly turns into an epic quest, transforming the selfish and immature Bard into a strong warrior. It’s an epic journey, and you will undoubtedly fall for the game’s charm.

Presented in a top-down view, you control the Bard using the left movement pad, while there are icons for blocking and attacking. The former is ingenious, as it relies on parries rather than a shield. Your timing has to be perfect, and makes for a great risk-reward system. Miss-time a parry, and you will take damage, but get it right and you will stagger your enemy and create a window for follow-up attacks.

The Bard can also play his lute to summon creatures, and use magic crystals to unleash attacks. As you win fights, you will level up and unlock new quests, making for what is one of the biggest games on iOS. Funny, engaging and addictive, this is a must-buy for those with a taste for adventure.

Rated 5 out of 5

Some visual dips aside, The Bard’s Tale comes highly recommended.