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The Bard's Tale

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This page is for the original game. For the 2005 reboot and the bundled emulated games, see The Bard's Tale (2005). For the 2018 trilogy remake, see The Bard's Tale Trilogy.

The Bard's Tale
The Bard's Tale cover
Interplay Entertainment
Electronic Arts
Europe Ariolasoft
Release dates
DOS 1987
Mac OS (Classic) 1989
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives First-person
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series The Bard's Tale
The Bard's Tale on HowLongToBeat
The Bard's Tale guide on StrategyWiki
The Bard's Tale on MobyGames
The Bard's Tale on Wikipedia
The Bard's Tale
The Bard's Tale 1987
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight 1988
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate 1990
The Bard's Tale Construction Set 1991
The Bard's Tale (2005) 2005
The Mage's Tale 2017
The Bard's Tale Trilogy 2018
The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep 2018
The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut 2019

The Bard's Tale is a singleplayer first-person RPG game in the The Bard's Tale series.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Mac OS
The DOS version of the game is not available digitally. Digital versions of The Bard's Tale (2005) include emulated Apple IIgs versions of The Bard's Tale, The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight, and The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate.

Game data

Save game data location

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)
Saves are stored on a save floppy (when running from floppy) or in the installation folder (when running from the hard drive).
The *.TPW extension is used for both party files and individual characters (party files only store the names of the characters, not the data for the characters). Files are numbered in the order of creation.[1]
Settings are not stored between sessions.


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only (toggle with V).
Surround sound
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA, EGA, Tandy EGA mode is listed as "RGB monitor" in setup. An additional black & white Composite mode (not Hercules) is also supported.[1]

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 2.0
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Verified by User:Garrett on 3 September 2021