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A Quest for Coin...and Cleavage! You are the Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars. You're undertaking a new quest to save the beautiful, and buxom, ... See full synopsis »
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A Quest for Coin...and Cleavage!

You are the Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars. You're undertaking a new quest to save the beautiful, and buxom, Princess Caleigh from an evil sorceror. Sound familiar? Yeah, does to you, the Bard, as well. Your quest will guide you through very ironic, highly cliche scenarios that are guaranteed to bring knowing smiles to any veteran gamer...or lover of fantasy for that matter!

The tale begins with a bar scene, in which you, the Bard, are trying to trick a very buxom barmaid into a free meal using your own summoned rat as a noble sacrifice for your courageous rat-slaying splendor. From there you get caught up with the brotherhood of the Boabd, which seems to be a very risky business venture, to save the princess who promises you, her courageous "Chosen", all the pleasures of the world. Thrice daily. The greatest part, however, is all throughout your adventure, you're playing out a tale that's already happened. ...

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Narrator: Where were we... The Bard was making an ass of himself... And then... ah yes here it is...
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Follows The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight (1986) See more »

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So-so gameplay, but loaded with character
4 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Bard is the kind of a genre-savvy snarker that could only be created with the cynical insight of a brilliant games industry and gaming veteran. This one of the most hilarious games around; the 'Memorable Quotes' section represents just the tip of the monumental iceberg of wit. All voice acting is wonderful, and the characters are filled with charm, though the anti-heroic hero of the Tale has the best delivery; fortunate, since his voice is heard most often, and hearing his next comment makes the most compelling reward for gameplay.

Whether you've played the original games or not, this title stands well enough alone. Though the gameplay doesn't shine, it also doesn't take nearly as many hours as the original games. The full retail price is perhaps more than the duration is worth, but now that the game has settled into the discount bin, it's cost is nearer to it's value. The game doesn't have much replay value though, so you may just as well rent-and-return.


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