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

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

DOS - 1987

Also released on: Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Apple II - Apple IIgs - Atari ST - Commodore 64 - PC-98 - ZX Spectrum

Alt names バーズテイル, Shadow Snare, The Bard's Tale, The Bard's Tale I
Year 1987
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom, United States
Genre Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Dungeon Crawler, Fantasy, Turn-based
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Interplay Productions, Inc.
Perspective 1st-Person
4.78 / 5 - 32 votes

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

Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale (aka バーズテイル, Shadow Snare, The Bard's Tale I), a really nice role-playing (rpg) game sold in 1987 for DOS, is available and ready to be played again! Also available on Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, PC-98 and ZX Spectrum, time to play a fantasy, turn-based and dungeon crawler video game title.

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Comments and reviews

Alyfox 2019-12-15 0 point

The trilogy was one of my favorite sets of games from my youth; I pumped hundreds of hours into playing them at my friends place, then on my own PC when I finally got one. Side notes: BT4 was a disappointment but the Remastered original trilogy is really great and I highly recommend getting them

Jim P. 2018-09-04 5 points

This is when EA was ECA and it didn't suck

Dylan Cranford (MasterNinjaDylan) 2017-05-14 2 points DOS version

This game is amazing.

Dylan Cranford (MasterNinjaDylan) 2017-05-14 18 points

This game is simply amazing. The creator of this game, Michael Cranford, is my father and when he showed this to me I loved it immediately. This is definitely one of the best RPG games ever made. -Dylan Cranford

Daniel 2016-06-29 4 points 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 -1 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 1 point DOS version

Find the Apple IIGS version, far superior!

guest 2012-10-03 -2 points DOS version

Review of The Bard's Tale for DOS:


oogla 2011-09-12 3 points 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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Buy Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale

Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale is available for a small price on the following website, and is no longer abandonware. GOG.com provides the best release and does not include DRM, please buy from them! You can read our online store guide .

Game Extras and Resources

Some of these file may not be included in the game stores. For Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale, we have the following files:

MapEnglish version 959 KB (DOS)

Other Releases

Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale was also released on the following systems:


Amstrad CPC

Apple II

Apple IIgs

Atari ST

Commodore 64


ZX Spectrum

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