The Bard's Tale (2005)

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This page is for the 2005 reboot. For the original 1987 game, see The Bard's Tale. For the 2018 trilogy remake, see The Bard's Tale Trilogy.

The Bard's Tale
The Bard's Tale cover
InXile Entertainment
Linux Square One Games
Retail (North America) Vivendi Universal Games
Retail (Europe) Ubisoft
Digital InXile Entertainment
Dark Alliance Engine
Release dates
Windows June 17, 2005
macOS (OS X) May 31, 2012
Linux October 10, 2013
Metacritic 70
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Comedy
Series The Bard's Tale
The Bard's Tale (2005) on HowLongToBeat
The Bard's Tale (2005) on IGDB
The Bard's Tale (2005) on MobyGames
The Bard's Tale (2005) 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 ARPG : Remastered and Resnarkled 2020


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
All versions also include The Bard's Tale, The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight and The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate.

Version differences[edit]

The retail release includes DOS versions of the original trilogy while digital releases include emulated Apple II/Apple IIgs versions.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Res\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename bardtale.wmv, inxile.wmv and ttslogo.wmv.
The copyright screen and book opening animation will still be shown.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\inXile entertainment\*.bin
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\inXile Entertainment\The Bard's Tale
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/The Bard's Tale/settings.bin
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/BardTale/
Windows display and language settings are stored in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\inXile Entertainment\The Bard's Tale

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\inXile entertainment\The Bard's Tale\Saved Games\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/The Bard's Tale/SavedGames/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/BardTale/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Included classic games are unpacked to in the configuration file(s) location when you run the game as bt1d2.2mg, bt2d2.2mg and bt3d2.dsk. Or if you want to unpack them without running the game, see here.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Set with <path-to-game>\Config\The Bard's Setup.exe on Windows.
Set with <path-to-game>\Config\The Bard's Setup.exe on Windows.
Set with <path-to-game>\Config\The Bard's Setup.exe on Windows.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[3]


Toggle with Command+F on OS X, Alt+ Enter on Linux. Use the steps below to enable for Windows.
Download fix (Windows)[3]
  1. Download The Bard's Tale (2005) windowed mode.
  2. Extract d3d9.dll into the installation folder (the other files are not used).
  3. Set your resolution with <path-to-game>\Config\The Bard's Setup.exe. Use the desktop resolution for borderless.
The window is locked to the top-left corner of the screen.
Delete d3d9.dll to return to fullscreen mode.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
XInput controllers (Xbox 360 controllers) must use XInput Plus for support with LT and RT.[citation needed]
Controller remapping
Must turn on Gamepad support in the options menu.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg Button prompts are numbers instead of names.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
No vibration support.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, SFX, Dialogue and Ambient.
Surround sound
Enabled by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Game language can be changed using Config\The Bard's Setup.exe in the installation folder.
Classic games are English only.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Audio localization is avaliable only in the local retail version. download

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2400
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5700
ATI Radeon 9600
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.6 GB
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2400
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5700
ATI Radeon 9600
OpenGL 2.0 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]