The Bard's Tale originally began as a trilogy of hardcore dungeon crawling RPGs released in the mid-80s for desktop computers and gaming consoles. In 2004, InXile Entertainment created a new The Bard's Tale for Playstation 2, Xbox, and PC. This game was related to the original series in name only, and featured 3D action-adventure gameplay rather than first-person dungeon crawling.
The Bard's Tale didn't take itself too seriously, and poked fun at all sorts of RPG and fantasy clichés, many of which were present in the original games in the series. For its humor and storytelling, The Bard's Tale is a fondly remembered adventure from the previous console generation.
And, we've now learned that this adventure is making its way to the iOS platform. The Bard's Tale on iOS will feature all of the content of the 2004 release, as well as iOS exclusive leaderboards and achievements. It will also have an in-app purchase system that will let you deck out your character with some sweet gear, but everything available here will also be available to earn through normal gameplay. The IAP is just for the impatient folk.
We're eager to get our hands on The Bard's Tale to see just how well the game translates to the touch screen platform. It's currently submitted to Apple, so if all goes well it will be launching soon. We'll let you know once we get a firm launch date or pricing info for The Bard's Tale on iOS.