Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Electronic Arts
Release Date: 1986
Code: Michael Cranford
GFX: Michael Cranford
Music: Dale Warhol
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 80%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
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The Bard’s Tale II – The Destiny Knight by Electronic Arts is the follow up to the incredible original Bard’s Tale RPG game that featured on the C64 back in 1985. Having completed the original game and being completely obsessed with it as a 12 year old gamer, I had to complete the sequel too.
The task this time is bigger and a lot tougher. The rules, game play and graphics are pretty much the same as the first game but this time you have the freedom to wander a large wilderness complete with many smaller towns rather than the confines of just Skara Brae. The object of the game is to find and destroy the evil archmage Lagoth Zanta. To do so you will need to build an incredibly strong team of fighters and explore almost every inch of the game to locate the seven pieces of the destiny wand which is needed to complete the game. Fans of the original will love this game as it is everything the original was – and more. It will take you hours of playing to explore the game and gain enough experience to build your characters into a formidable force.
The Bard’s Tale series of games are classics that all RPG fans have to experience. They are atmospheric, absorbing and exciting to play. You can get lost in them for weeks, making them probably the best value for money out of all the games that I ever purchased on the C64…
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I still own the clue books that I purchased as a kid. Along with these and some other maps and information from the internet, I set about beating the game.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once the wand has been reforged by your archmage, you need to locate Lagoth Zanta. His location is revealed at some point in the Destiny Stone level. Once you have tracked him down you have to battle his very tough army. After a long fight and a few magic spells he was finally destroyed. A picture of the king appears as he salutes your heroic deeds. He goes on to offer his aid in the future and says that he can be found in the castle Candarr. A short message of congratulations follows and indicates that the adventures will continue in the Bard’s Tale part III.
Neil: Amazing game but very short and boring ending. It’s a shame that they didn’t make more of an effort with this one. 2/10.
Vinny: I don’t like RPG games! Zzzzzz… a bit of animation and an epilogue. 3/10 from me for this one.
FINAL SAY: Very similar ending to the first game, which is what you would expect.
G.E. RATING: 2.5 / 10