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Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale

DOS - 1987

Also available on: Amstrad CPC - Apple IIgs - Commodore 64 - NES

Alt name
Shadow Snare
Released in
United States
Role-Playing (RPG)
Dungeon Crawler, Fantasy, Turn-based
Electronic Arts, Inc.
Interplay Productions, Inc.
4.69 / 5 - 13 votes

Description of Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale

Interplay Productions, Inc. gave birth to Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale (also known as Shadow Snare) in 1987, with the help of Electronic Arts, Inc. as publisher. Cool role-playing (rpg) game, the player evolve in a fantasy, turn-based, dungeon crawler theme with a 1st-person perspective.

Comments and reviews

Daniel 2016-06-29 0 point DOS version

This game seriously changed my life. So many of my interests to this day (Tolkien, D&D, wizards, 3-D first-person games, RPGs etc) were first brought into my awareness by it.

Mapping on graph paper was half the fun!

Kano 2014-03-19 0 point DOS version

One of the best RG´s ever!

Sc@r 2013-07-19 1 point DOS version

my very 1st rpg i ever played and loved it, i dont think ppl of today would have the patience to play it, i did the same thing aswell with the 99 berserkers.You had to do stuff like that in this game though, of wondering around and just killing, u just couldnt continue on in the game b/c ur guys would b to weak so u had to keep fighting the same guys over and over to level up alot.

Balthazar 2013-05-21 0 point DOS version

Apple IIGS version? Laughable... you want the really pimped out version of the whole series look fer the amiga version, thats the version i played growing up and well, my amiga 2000 made alot of 486 games look shitty (and was 5 or 6 years older)

Kevin 2012-12-08 0 point DOS version

Find the Apple IIGS version, far superior!

guest 2012-10-03 0 point DOS version

Review of The Bard's Tale for DOS:

oogla 2011-09-12 1 point DOS version

I wish I had a dollar for every time I massacred Baron Harkyn's legions (3 groups of 99 berserkers) when I was a kid. I spent hours killing them over and over and leveling up my party to insane levels. What a great game, good maps, fun story.

woodelf 2009-11-24 0 point DOS version

this was my first adventure game ever.
Thanks guys. It was very nice to play it again.

GnomeLeveler 2008-04-24 0 point DOS version

This and Wasteland are probably my favorite RPGs that employ this type of interface - first-person 3D for navigation and then text-based turns for combat.

Bards Tale provides a really rich system of combat equipment, spells, and magical items. Plus, the monsters and other enemies are truly varied and the slightly animated pictures of them are superb, especially compared to the other games of its time.

This is from the days before auto-mapping was common, so be sure to grab some graph paper and have some fun :)

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