The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep

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Recommended
Oct 4, 2018

An eccentric and charismatic B-movie of a game. The Bard's Tale 4 is an ideal place to puzzle in.

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T.J. Hafer

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7.9 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2018

At its roughest edges, The Bard's Tale IV shows its retro revival roots in some not so positive ways. It may not be special enough for me to easily overlook these technical shortcomings entirely, but it's an RPG that's brimming with enjoyable, challenging fights, elaborate and entertaining puzzles, and plenty of visual and musical flair. And that was more than enough to keep me humming along contentedly to its tune more often than not.

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84 / 100
Sep 27, 2018

An old-fashioned game in a shiny new package, The Bard's Tale 4: Barrows Deep is a worthy addition to a classic series.

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7.8 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2018

The Bard's Tale IV offers a modern delve into a classic RPG format, but sometimes-frustrating puzzles dim the dungeon dive

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4 / 10
Sep 30, 2018

You'll need a lot of patience to make it through InXile Entertainment's nostalgic RPG, The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep.

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4.5 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2018

Listen, if you're reading this in the future, go and check the recent Steam reviews. My guess is that they will be rather positive on the game. A lot of the issues are tech-related: crashes, geometry bugs, load times, and framerate can all be fixed with patches. As of now? The interesting puzzles and fantastic music are not worth suffering through the bugs, lackluster models, and mediocre combat and skills. If your interest is piqued here, wishlist it and come back at a later time; I have no doubt that this game will reach its potential, but it's just not even close right now.

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6 / 10
Sep 21, 2018
6 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2018

Appreciable if you're a fan of the genre but that can be rough or boring for other players. A pretty decent visual and sound section.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2018

A thoughtful, deep and rewarding RPG, with some great puzzles and a story that may not be groundbreaking, but sure is fun.

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Unscored
Sep 18, 2018

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. It's unlike any other RPG, and with other old-school RPGs finding success these days — Pillars of Eternity, Octopath Traveler, and Dragon Quest XI — I hope InXile is able to come back to this fantastical world, just like it's doing with Wasteland.

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