In order to play this preview of The Bards Tale, your computer system must meet the following requirements:
CPU: Intel Pentium III 800 Mhz or better
RAM: 256 MB or more
OS: Windows 2000 or XP
3D Graphics Card: GeForce 3, ATI Radeon 8500 or better
(Please note: card must support DirectX Vertex Shader version 1.1 or higher)
Sound Card: DirectX-compatible
Peripherals: Mouse and keyboard
Introduction to the Demo
The Bards Tale Demo delivers a fully playable excerpt of The Mountain Tombs area of the game in a pre-beta state of completion vis-à-vis PC conversion/customization.
The Story and Characters
In The Bards Tale you play the role of the Bard, a vagabond with an amazing ability to play magical tunes on his musical instrument that summon up creatures to help him in his quest for coin and cleavage. You start out able to summon a lowly rat but you acquire more tunes as you progress through the game and the ability to summon more than one creature at a time as you acquire better instruments.
In The Mountain Tombs chapter of the story featured in this demo, the Bard finds himself trapped in an ancient Viking burial complex. The Bard must somehow find his way out. The tomb is filled with traps that protect the burial chambers from looters and, oh, did I mention the undead Vikings?
This demo is delivered as a self-extracting Zip file. It requires 325 Megabytes of free space on your hard drive. You may install it to any location on your hard drive that has at least that much free space.
To run the game, double click on The Bards Tale.exe in the folder where you extracted the demo.
To uninstall, simply delete the folder that was created when you extracted the demo.
Before you run the game, you may wish to run The Bards Tale Setup.exe that is in the same location as The Bards Tale.exe. This utility allows you to select various video options including the screen resolution. By default the game will play at 640x480. Running this utility is not required but the game looks MUCH better in higher resolutions. Of course running at too high a resolution will also slow the game down, so feel free to run The Bards Tale Setup.exe to choose the highest resolution that will still deliver a good playing experience.
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