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The Bard's Tale is a series of dungeon crawls heavily based on Wizardry.

Original series[edit]

The games share an almost identical character creation and interface, and an absolutely identical combat mode with Wizardry. Notable differences are: (1) the introduction of the bard class, with a "bard song" ability; (2) the surface is an actual city to be explored, instead of a simple menu screen (it becomes an extensive world in later titles); (3) there is more than one dungeon.

In the original series, characters could be transfered from one title to the next, including Dragon Wars. The latter was supposed to be "The Bard's Tale IV", but the title was changed very late during the production.


Platform
Bard's Tale
1
Bard's Tale
2
Bard's Tale
3
Dragon Wars Notes
(limits and defects)
C64 Globe.svg 1985 Globe.svg 1986 Globe.svg 1987 Globe.svg 1989 8-bit graphics; bugs
Apple II Flag of the United States.svg 1985 Flag of the United States.svg 1987 Flag of the United States.svg 1988 Flag of the United States.svg 1990 8-bit graphics; bugs
MS-DOS Flag of the United States.svg 1985 Flag of the United States.svg 1988 Globe.svg 1990 Globe.svg 1989 Encounter rate is too high
Amiga Flag of the United States.svg 1987 Flag of the United States.svg 1988 Globe.svg 1991 Flag of the United States.svg 1990 -
PC-9801 Flag of Japan.svg ? Flag of Japan.svg ? Flag of Japan.svg ? Flag of Japan.svg ? Japanese language only
Incomplete releases

Platform
Bard's Tale
1
Bard's Tale
2
Bard's Tale
3
Dragon Wars Notes
(limits and defects)
Atari ST Globe.svg 1987 N/A N/A N/A -
CPC Flag of the European Union.svg 1988 N/A N/A N/A 8-bit graphics
ZX Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1988 N/A N/A N/A 8-bit graphics
Apple IIgs Flag of the United States.svg ? Flag of the United States.svg ? N/A Flag of the United States.svg ? -
NES Globe.svg 1990 Flag of Japan.svg 1992 N/A Flag of Japan.svg 1991 Games reduced to fit in cartridge
X68000 N/A N/A N/A Flag of Japan.svg 1991 -

Other titles[edit]

Pages in category "The Bard's Tale"

The following 2 pages are in this category, out of 2 total.