Games The Bard's Tale

Published on December 5th, 2017 | by Kirk Hiner


The Bard’s Tale now has an Apple TV edition

What could be better than a game that lists “More Song & Dance numbers than any other game, including a zombie dance-off!” among its features? The ability to play that game on Apple TV. inXile Entertainment has released The Bard’s Tale – TV Edition, allowing Apple TV users to enjoy 20 to 30 hours of adventuring “for coin and cleavage.”

Originally released in 2004 and recently updated for iOS and MacThe Bard’s Tale for tvOS brings the same mix of classic RPG gameplay, satire, and song & dance. It also brings actor Cary Elwes as the Bard, and he’s as sharp here as ever. Tony Jay has also been praised for his role as the Narrator.

We mentioned 20 to 30 hours of gameplay, which is massive for a tvOS game. It’ll require 8GB of storage space on your Apple TV (the iOS version is only 1.8GB by comparison), so here’s a good way to justify going for that 64GB Apple TV 4K earlier this year. That 8GB gets you a game with:

  • 50 enemy types (not counting bosses, of which there are over a dozen to defeat)
  • A vast world to explore with towns, wild forests, rivers, castles, towers, secret dungeons, snowy mountains, caverns, haunted tombs and more
  • A full cast of bizarre NPCs
  • 16 magical characters to discover and then summon at will to aid you in battle, “because why fight when you can delegate?”
  • Over 150 unique items of weaponry, armor, instruments, tokens, artifacts and loot!

So, yeah…a typically deep RPG. From the inXile website:

You play as the titular Bard, a roguish, manipulative and lewd songster whose priorities in life are the acquisition of material wealth and carnal pleasures. During his raucous adventures, the Bard recruits a motley band of eccentrics and misfits to help in his ignoble cause. Enemies can be defeated using traditional or magical weapons and you can also use the Bard’s dulcet tones to summon creatures. If you’re tired of saving humankind or bored of games that take themselves a bit too seriously, The Bard’s Tale could very well be for you.

The game’s description mentions neither MFi controller support nor cross-platform saves as between the iOS and macOS versions. We’ve asked inXile about these features and will update this article when we hear back.

If you can’t wait until then, The Bard’s Tale – TV Edition is available now for $9.99 with in-app purchases. For more information, visit

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Kirk has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. He is also currently editor-in-chief of Public Access Gaming. Kirk lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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