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  • Summary: The Bard's Tale IV returns to the classic fantasy RPGs of years past. Featuring dynamic turn-based combat, a full party of characters to build and customize, and first-person exploration of maze-like dungeons with devious puzzles and riddles, The Bard's Tale IV is a true successor to theThe Bard's Tale IV returns to the classic fantasy RPGs of years past. Featuring dynamic turn-based combat, a full party of characters to build and customize, and first-person exploration of maze-like dungeons with devious puzzles and riddles, The Bard's Tale IV is a true successor to the original Bard's Tale trilogy, and is crowdfunded by thousands of fans. Help us bring back the dungeon crawl and return to Skara Brae - the city that started it all.

    * A single-player, party-based role-playing game, rich in exploration, combat and challenging puzzles.
    * Dynamic phase-based combat, where the pace of battle is animated and fluid, but still gives you time to think and respond to your enemies.
    * A game set to beautiful Gaelic music from Julie Fowlis (multi-award winning Gaelic singer) and Mark Morgan (Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera), where the Bard's songs and melodies affect gameplay.
    * Compelling story and narrative by acclaimed novel and game writer Nathan Long (Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera).
    * Built using Unreal Engine 4, taking advantage of the latest graphics technologies to create a lush and vibrant world with great interactivity and detail.
    * Branching quests and a world that reacts to your decisions and party make-up.
    Recruitable companion NPC characters, bring personality, and maybe trouble, to your party.
    * Unlock another layer of secrets as you examine and physically manipulate your magic items and the environment.
    * Brought to you by the team behind Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera.
    Available DRM-free for Windows, Mac and Linux.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Sep 18, 2018
    88
    This is your grandpappy’s old-school RPG, but it is made for the modern day. It’s made for RPG lovers of all types, ages, and experience. Bard’s Tale 4 follows squarely in the footsteps of giants without missing a beat. It has taken all those classic features and brought them into modern game play. It feels both fresh and true to its roots, at the same time. I highly recommend this to veterans and newcomers to the series alike.
  2. Oct 8, 2018
    82
    The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep delivers on the faith its Kickstarter backers put into the project. It weaves combat, exploration, music, and puzzles into a game that stands out in a crowded market.
  3. Sep 18, 2018
    80
    If you’re expecting The Bard’s Tale IV to be an action-RPG on par with some recent blockbusters, you may be disappointed. This is not a cinematic experience with bleeding edge graphics and breathless action and combat. However, if you approach the game as a super-enhanced, classic dungeon crawler that both fits into the legacy and moves the needle on a well-respected, beloved franchise, then you will be pleased by its story, puzzles, nuanced combat, excellent music and varied environments.
  4. Sep 25, 2018
    70
    Challenging battles and dungeons filled with intelligent puzzles are overshadowed by lack of direction in almost every aspect: artdesign, storytelling, quality assurance.
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    Nov 1, 2018
    70
    Charm shines through in a rough and modest RPG. [Issue#206, p.77]
  6. Sep 29, 2018
    70
    The Bard's Tale IV is a little retro pleasure that is difficult to ignore. The characters are fun, its universe is rich and the game mechanics are deep. Unfortunately, the game is not up to par visually and looks like something that was released ten years ago.
  7. Sep 19, 2018
    40
    Without the bugs, The Bard’s Tale IV is okay at best. With them, it’s perhaps best to preserve your nostalgia and play the HD remaster of The Bard’s Tale I to III instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 7 out of 24
  1. Sep 18, 2018
    10
    Bards Tale IV has all the elements of previous games as well as introducing elements we take for granted in the 21st century. I say go aheadBards Tale IV has all the elements of previous games as well as introducing elements we take for granted in the 21st century. I say go ahead and buy Bards Tale IV Barrows Down you will not regret your purchase and remember, the Google analytics engine has scrutinised every written word available on the web about the game and subsequently rated it as the number one 'Steam Game of 2018'. Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2018
    10
    Beside of the Bugs its a great game overall. Atmosphere, Sound, Character Creation. Unfortunately the most players don't get more than 5 hoursBeside of the Bugs its a great game overall. Atmosphere, Sound, Character Creation. Unfortunately the most players don't get more than 5 hours into it and blame technical bugs for it to be a bad game. The game gets better after 10 hours. If you like dungeon crawlers like legend of grimrock 1/2 and older ones like stonekeep go play it. Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2018
    9
    Despite some performance issues which were not so much of a problem for me, the game is quite nice. Graphic is decent, story is ok, combat isDespite some performance issues which were not so much of a problem for me, the game is quite nice. Graphic is decent, story is ok, combat is refreshing, and there are many nice puzzles that will keep you occupied. Overall i recommend it. Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2018
    8
    I am enjoying the game despite the tech issues. It is a unique game and is entertaining in two fronts, the dialog and the puzzles. I have anI am enjoying the game despite the tech issues. It is a unique game and is entertaining in two fronts, the dialog and the puzzles. I have an older pc and it is kind of difficult to control the first person view. I get a lot of satisfaction out of solving the puzzles and finding loot in different locations. Expand
  5. Sep 19, 2018
    8
    Some of the user reviews on here are complaining that it's "turn based" and "nothing like the original" in the same sentence. I can onlySome of the user reviews on here are complaining that it's "turn based" and "nothing like the original" in the same sentence. I can only assume they think this is a sequel to the god-awful 2004 'funny' Bards Tale which shares only a name with this game, and the classic trilogy that came out between '85 - '88

    This game isnt perfect, there are a number of bugs and optimisation issues (which the developer has acknowledged and are working on) and if im honest it strayed a little 'too' far from what made the original games classics 30 years ago, but still a solid AA old-school RPG. Idiots giving it 0 because they're confusing as a sequel to an entirely different game not withstanding
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  6. Sep 21, 2018
    3
    I had written an in-depth review listing why the game was bad. But when I reached the character limit of 5000 characters in an interview, theI had written an in-depth review listing why the game was bad. But when I reached the character limit of 5000 characters in an interview, the browser decided that instead of merely closing the box telling me my review was too long, it would turn a page back, thus deleting everything I had written.
    I can't be arsed writing it all again, especially not for a crap game like this.

    To put it short: Game is dumbed down checklist of ideas from different games that got mashed together with little thought of the interaction. Playing it consists of 'solving' monotonous puzzles, being spoonfed a gated/railed tour thorugh the areas while getting your party filled with pregenerated characters one at a time.

    And those that actually loved the trilogy: don't bother. The only heritage is the name. They could have called it barrows deep, without the bards tale name attached, and no-one would have guessed it had anything to do with bards tale.

    Avoid.
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  7. Sep 19, 2018
    0
    What looks like a revival of a classic childhood love rapidly becomes a shuddering mess as the glossy coat of paint peels back to reveal aWhat looks like a revival of a classic childhood love rapidly becomes a shuddering mess as the glossy coat of paint peels back to reveal a congealed blob of badly thought out gameplay systems and ultimately unenjoyable turn-based combat. Definitely avoid at all costs. Expand

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