Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Bard's Tale, The'

Rating:4 User: Matt_B

As far as D&D style games go, this is about as good as they got on any 8-bit machine. You choose your team of six characters from various kinds of fighters, magic users and the all-important bard who is vital to the party as your only healer to begin with.

There are a huge number of maps, all quite large, filled with monsters and treasures, and some of the later ones are insanely difficult; designed to frustrate your best attempts at mapping them with spinners and teleports all over the place. As you play, a storyline begins to emerge which eventually leads to a suitably dramatic conclusion.

That said, I'll have to knock a point off as the Spectrum version has lacklustre graphics and no sound making it very much the poor relation of them all. It's also a multi-load from hell, which isn't so bad if you've got the +3 version or are playing it on an emulator, but the tape version isn't for the faint hearted.

Recommended, but only if you've got plenty of time to give it.