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Bard's Tale, The
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Full titleBard's Tale, The
Also known asBard's Tale Vol 1, The: Tales of the Unknown
Year of release1988
PublisherElectronic Arts (UK)
Author(s)Interplay Productions Inc (Michael Cranford)
Machine typeZX Spectrum 48K
Number of players1
ControlsKeyboard
TypeAdventure: RPG
Message languageEnglish
Original publicationCommercial
Original price£8.95 (£14.95 for disk version)
AvailabilityAvailable as both Perfect TZX and non-TZX
Protection schemeMultiple schemes (see individual downloads)
Additional infoA demo version appeared on side B of covertape SU issue 73: Megatape 2 (Sinclair User)
Also listed on Wikipedia and Freebase
RemarksThere also is an editor available: Bard Tales Service.
SPOT commentsSinclair User cover demo
Other systemsThis title was also advertised for and/or published on the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and NES
An unofficial conversion exists for the Commodore Plus/4
Score 8.06 (37 votes)   See scores and vote!

Download and play links
FilenameSizeTypeOriginCodeBarcodeD.L.Encoding scheme
BardsTaleThe.tzx.zip111,953(Perfect TZX tape image)Original release5015839010620Unspecified custom loader
BardsTaleThe.dsk.zip106,152(+3 disk image)Original release5015839010613
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator BardsTaleThe.tap.zip94,500((non-TZX) TAP tape image)
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator BardsTaleThe(partyMerger).z80.zip8,366((non-TZX) Z80 snapshot image)

Additional material
FilenameSizeType
BardsTaleThe.gif1,431(Loading screen)
BardsTaleThe.scr6,912(Loading screen dump)
BardsTaleThe.gif4,770(In-game screen)
BardsTaleThe.txt38,446(English instructions)
BardsTaleThe.jpg136,889(Game map)
BardsTaleThe.zip373,761(Game map)
BardsTaleThe_2.jpg221,478(Game map)
BardsTaleThe_original.jpg554,392(Game map)
BardsTaleThe.jpg85,083(Cassette inlay)
BardsTaleThe_2.jpg233,700(Cassette inlay)
BardsTaleThe.jpg219,264(Advertisement)
BardsTaleThe_2.jpg264,917(Advertisement)
BardsTaleThe_Poster.jpg424,836(Sinclair User magazine poster)

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Magazine references
MagazineIssueType
Your Computer9.86page 59(News/Note) [full page]
Computer & Video Games2.87page 108(Review - not a Spectrum article) [full page]
Computer Gamer3.87page 63(Tips) [full page]
Computer & Video Games7.87page 69(Letter) [full page]
Computer & Video Games7.87page 71(News/Note) [full page]
Popular Computing Weekly2.88page 222(Tips)
Popular Computing Weekly2.88page 222(Feature - Magical mysteries)
ACE4.88page 114(News/Note) [full page]
Sinclair User4.88page 8(CoverGame) [full page]
Sinclair User4.88page 58(Poster) [full page]
Sinclair User4.88page 102(Preview) [full page]
ACE5.88page 107(News/Note) [full page]
Your Sinclair5.88page 9(Preview) [full page]
Crash8.88page 55(Review) [full page]
Sinclair User8.88page 88(Review) [full page]
Computer & Video Games9.88page 80(Review) [full page]
Games Machine9.88page 68(Review) [full page]
Popular Computing Weekly9.88page 419(Tips)
Your Sinclair9.88page 28(Review) [full page]
Computer & Video Games10.88page 93(Tips) [full page]
Sinclair User10.88page 88(Tips) [full page]
Sinclair User11.88page 88(Tips) [full page]
Your Sinclair11.88page 99(News/Note) [full page]
New Computer Express12.88page 138(Feature - Games That Take Over Your Life)
Your Sinclair12.88page 72(Tips) [full page]
Your Sinclair1.89page 36(Map) [full page]
Your Sinclair1.89page 93(Tips) [full page]
Your Sinclair2.89page 56(Tips) [full page]
Crash3.89page 28(Tips) [full page]
Crash3.89page 28(Map) [full page]
Your Sinclair3.89page 61(Tips) [full page]
Your Sinclair7.89page 65(News/Note) [full page]
Computer & Video Games9.89page 93(Tips) [full page]
Your Sinclair9.89page 38(Tips) [full page]
Your Sinclair9.89page 54(Tips) [full page]
Computer & Video Games11.89page 110(Tips) [full page]
Your Sinclair12.89page 76(Tips) [full page]
Computer & Video Games2.90page 78(Tips) [full page]
Your Sinclair2.90page 63(Tips) [full page]
Computer & Video Games3.90page 88(Tips) [full page]
ACE4.90page 91(Tips) [full page]
Your Sinclair6.90page 58(Tips) [full page]
Your Sinclair9.90page 54(Tips) [full page]
ACE10.90page 161(Tips) [full page]
ACE2.91page 63(Feature - The ACE guide to THE GREATEST GAMES of all time (probably)) [full page]

Magazine adverts
MagazineIssueType
ACE12.87page 13(Advert) [full page]
Your Sinclair2.88page 53(CompoEntry) [full page]
Crash7.88page 27(Full-page ad) [full page]
Computer & Video Games9.88page 57(Full-page ad) [full page]
Your Sinclair9.88page 74(CompoResult) [full page]
Computer & Video Games6.89page 15(Advert) [full page]
ACE7.89page 59(Advert) [full page]
Computer & Video Games7.89page 87(Advert) [full page]
Computer & Video Games8.89page 13(Advert) [full page]



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