The Bard's Tale

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The Bard's Tale

NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: T (Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence)
PEGI rating: 12+ (Violence)
GRB rating: 15
Widescreen patch available
Languages supported:
English: SLES-52894 & SLES-53154 & SLUS-20803
German: SLES-53154
French: SLES-53154
Spanish: SLES-53154
Korean: SLKA-25246
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20803
Release date: October 26, 2004
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-53154
Release date: March 24, 2005
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLKA-25246
Release date: 2005 (Korea)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): InXile Entertainment
Publisher(s): InXile Entertainment (US), Ubisoft (EU)
Genre: RPG
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic76/100
Game description: The Bard's Tale is a modern interpretation of the original role playing game of the same name. In this game you'll take on the role of the Bard, a sardonic and opportunistic musician and adventurer. You can choose the Bard's responses toward other characters that he encounters with either "snarky" or nice dialogue. Each choice changes the course of events in the game. All the action takes place in medieval environments rife with townsfolk, birds, animals, rustling trees and trickling water.

The plot involves a sardonic and opportunistic musician and adventurer, driven by carnal rather than noble pursuits. The Bard, who is never identified by a specific name nor addressed by anything other than "The Bard" is not interested in saving the world; his humble motivations are strictly "coin and cleavage." His quest is narrated by a mocking, biased man (played by Tony Jay) who cannot stand him.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5517 [17 01 2013] GSdx 5464 SSE41 [09 12 2012]
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 [17 01 2013]
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 [28 12 2012]
Status goes from ingame to playable. Runs near full speed., Must be in gsdx software mode or picture is blank on right half of screen. 4GB patch improves graphics, as it runs out of memory constantly.


  • Original names: 바즈테일 (SLKA-25246)

Public compatibility forum links