Tales of the Unknown: The Bard's Tale

(aka: Bard's Tale 1)

Full BT1 Game Downloads

by operating system


Download the Official Bard's Tale Manual [PDF] (or as HTML, or plaintext)
In 2004 inXile Entertainment released a spinoff game called The Bard's Tale, A Quest for Coin and Cleavage.
Included in the game are playable emulated versions of the original Bard's Tale 1, 2, and 3.
You can buy/download The Bard's Tale on available platforms/devices, and gain access to all three classic games:

Or, go full-on nostalgic with the original platforms...

DOS (PC/Tandy)

Year released: 1985
Confirmed setup: Win7 & v0.74
Emulator: DOSBox latest version
Character files are in original state

[DOS archive .zipped]

Size: 517.2KB
SCREENSHOTS
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Apple II-GS

Year released: 1987
Confirmed setup: Win7 & v3.7.1019
Emulator: ActiveGS
Character disk is original state

[2MG disks 1,2 .zipped]

Size: 0.7MB

Play in-browser @ VirtualApple.org

SCREENSHOTS
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Amiga

Year released: 1986
Confirmed setup: Win7 & v3.1.0
Emulator: WinUAE latest version
Requires: Kickstart 1.3 ROMs [5.1MB]
Setting: Amiga 500 + Any 1.3 ROM
Character disk is original state

[ADF disk image .zipped]

Size: 0.7MB
SCREENSHOTS

Atari ST

Year released: 1987
Confirmed setup: Win7 & v3.2
Emulator: Steem latest version
Requires: TOS ROM 1.02US [104KB]
Characters are original state

[ST disk image .zipped]

Size: 631.9KB
SCREENSHOTS

Macintosh

Year released: 1989

[SIT StuffIt archive]

Size: 682.6KB
SCREENSHOTS

Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Year released: 1988

[TAP tape image .zipped]

Size: 82.7KB

[TZX tape image .zipped]

Size: 86.7KB
SCREENSHOTS

Amstrad CPC

Year released: 1987

[DSK disk image .zipped]

Size: 249KB

[CDT tape image .zipped]

Size: 123.8KB

French [DSK disk image .zipped]

Size: 234.2KB
SCREENSHOTS

Apple II

Year released: 1985
Confirmed setup: Win7 & v3.7.1019
Emulator: ActiveGS
Character disk is NOT original state

[DSK disks 1-4 .zipped]

Size: 225.4KB

Play in-browser @ VirtualApple.org

SCREENSHOTS
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Commodore 64

Year released: 1985
Confirmed setup: Win7 & v3.9.1
Emulator: CCS64 latest version
Character disk is NOT original state

[D64 disks 1-3 .zipped]

Size: 145.7KB
SCREENSHOTS

Nintendo

Year released: 1991
Confirmed setup: Win7 & v1.4
Emulator: Nestopia latest version
Characters not included

[NES ROM .zipped]

Size: 80KB
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