The older among you may remember back in the hallowed days of the Apple II The Bard's Tale was a neat text-based RPG that gained quite a following. Well, fast-forward 20-something years and The Bard's Tale arrived on iOS as a reimagined 3D action RPG. Now that same version of the game is destined for Android, and it's going to be a Tegra exclusive.

The original Bard's Tale was heavy on pithy humor, and its modern reincarnation follows that script. In the game, you will play the Bard, a wandering ne'er-do-well that's tired of the questing thing.  All he wants is to find some "coin and cleavage." Well, wouldn't you know it... the quests just keep popping up. With a big dose of deadpan comedy and solid voice acting, The bard's Tale is getting a lot of attention on iOS.

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The Bard's Tale is a mostly top-down RPG with lots of hack-and-slash fun, as well as plenty of cut scenes. There is a huge open world to explore with achievements, loot, and 50 different enemy types. Nvidia is claiming 20-30 hours of gameplay, and that probably means a really big download (it's 1.34GB on iOS). No word on pricing, but it's $4.99 on iOS and there will be some in-app purchases. The most specific Nvidia will get on the release date is Q3 2012, which means we should see this drop in the next month or so.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Cheeseball

    Been waiting for this one.

  • rndmnss

    Lol, looks good. Looking forward to this one.

  • ProductFRED

    Gee, another Nvidia exclusive...

    • exit151

      Gee, not all Android devices r equal, some have more powerful HTC, clue, etc. Welcome to the Android life. Want to own the same thing as everyone else go buy an iPhone.

      • ProductFRED

        I have a Galaxy S3 i9300. It's the most powerful Android phone out...You have no idea what you're talking about. It has nothing to do with power. Nvidia pays developers to make their games exclusive to their chipsets. The game will use proprietary code, as well as check if your phone has a Tegra 3 in it or not. Some games even enable all the effects ONLY for Tegra 3 phones (like Dead Trigger's effects on "Ultra High") and you have to mess with the game's files to run them on your phone at full graphics.

  • master94

    What did I just watch, lol. That was fun


    I hope this game is Chainfire 3D friendly, these Tegra exclusives suck big time.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mechanizedapathy Shawn Brandel

    Well let's just hope it's not the same god-awful port that Horn was. I mean, come on. It's like they didn't even play the Android version. I put it down after a few excruciating hours. Looks pretty, plays shitty.

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    I played this on PS2 and loved it! Unfortunately I moved and lost the disc before I got to finish it.. so I'll be keeping an eye on this.

  • ari_free

    I remember Bard's Tale on the C64. this is very different.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alecwxforecaster Alec WxForecaster

    Things like this don't help Android, but at least everything is pretty easy to hack to get around stuff like this.

  • Stephane Boisvert

    I'll buy that for a dollar.

  • ga_st

    looks fun,reminds me a bit the movie "Your Highness".