Do you like bards in the fantasy/medieval theme? If so, I recommend you read The Kingkiller Chronicles. It is a story of a bard Kvothe’s journeys. Anyways, today, I’ve listed the best bard games where you can play as bard.
There are couple of adventure games can be found below. However, mostly bard games in RPG genre. Role playing as a witty bard that talks his / her way out of battle is quite a unique experience. Tough if it comes to battle, bard is not that weak. Bards can buff allies and debuff enemies in most RPGs. Basically, bard class is a support role.
Top 10 bard games:
1. The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
The Bard’s Tale Trilogy 2018 is the remastered versions of all three classic games:
- The Bard’s Tale: Tales of the Unknown
- The Bard’s Tale II: The Destiny Knight
- The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate
The Bard’s Tale series are iconic and helped define the RPG genre. Anyone who likes RPG genre and bards must played it.
Here is the story, evil wizard named Magnar the Dark has cast a spell of eternal winter on the small town of Skara Brae. A small group of adventurers went on a journey to find Mangar and defeat him to free the town.
2. Baldur’s Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 is the best RPG released after 2020 and yes, it has bard class in it. You can become a bard yourself or choose a bard companion to support you through your journey through Baldur’s Gate.
It’s a party-based RPG set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons, and from the creators of Divinity Original Sin 2. My nomination for GOTY award would be the BG3 full release.
The game also has many mods, I bet its mod community will be as big as Skyrim’s.
3. Ballads at Midnight
Let’s continue with a free to play bard game that is an interactive fiction visual novel.
Ballads at Midnight is a story about a sarcastic bard that is arrested and exiled to an abandoned castle. The thing is castle is owned by a hungry, thirsty vampire.
However, soon our bard discovers that the vampire is not thirsty for blood but thirsty for entertainment and companionship. Each night, she must entertain the vampire to stay alive, just like the tales of One Thousand and One Nights.
4. Skyrim (Become a Bard Mod)
Skyrim is an empty shell without mods. I keep saying this but it’s true. Anyways, you said you wanted to play games as a bard, right? Then modded Skyrim would be one of the best choices.
There is not one but multiple bard mods for Skyrim and they introduce lots of content for bard gameplay.
Here are the features of Skyrim bard class:
- Play instruments.
- Get better as a musicion.
- NPCs react to your skill level.
- Learn new songs.
- Collect money from patrons.
- Small buffs and debuffs for role-playing purposes.
- Singing followers.
- NPCs applaud.
5. Demeo: PC Edition
Demeo is an adventure tabletop RPG all about strategy, cunning, and teamwork. It’s an award-winning tabletop for up to four players. Though there is a single-player mode called skirmish for those who prefer to play alone.
There are many unique heroes to choose in Demeo such as hunter, sorcerer, assassin, guardian, warlock, barbarian, and of course bard.
6. The Order of the Thorne
The Order of the Thorne – The King’s Challenge is a point & click indie adventure game in a fantasy setting. Player character is Finn the Bard. So, you’ll be witnessing Finn’s story as he undertakes The King’s Challenge.
Every ten years, King offers up a challenge for those who are brave enough to undertake the quest. Prize is one wish within Kings power to grand.
But Finn doesn’t really care about the prize. He participates this challenge to write the greatest ballad ever.
7. Lords of Xulima
Lords of Xulima is a turn-based hardcore RPG set in a fantasy world where Gods and humans once walked side by side.
You can easily tell; this game is epic.
Playable classes in Xulima are mage, barbarian, paladin, soldier, cleric, thief, and bard. It’s one of those rare RPGs where you can choose bard class. Please fantasy RPG makers, add bard class to your games.
8. The Lost Heir: The Fall of Daria
The Lost Heir is a text based RPG game just like the interactive story books you’ve read when you were a child. It features 145,000-words of story that is shaped by the decisions you made through gameplay.
Story is about a young prince / princess who is determined to take back the throne that was stolen by usurpers. It won’t be easy though. Young prince or princess must develop skills for good or evil depending on your playstyle.
You can become a knight, a thief, an evil priest, a druid, an assassin, a monk, a thug, a wizard, or a charming bard!
9. Icewind Dale
Icewind Dale is a cult classic RPG with bard class in it. If you like best party-based isometric RPGs like Baldur’s Gate 3 or Divinity Original Sin 2, you’ll love Icewind Dale.
The game features:
- Memorable characters.
- Real-time combat.
- Party based RPG.
- Diverse classes.
- D&D setting.
- Rich story.
It’s an old game from 2000. But gold, and you can play the polished 2014 remake via steam.
Wandersong is pretty much different from all the RPGs I’ve mentioned before. It’s not an RPG, instead musical platforming adventure with a rich, emotional story.
In this cartoonish game, you play as a silly bard that uses music to interact with everything on his journey around the world.
Wandersong is one hidden gem. So, explore, solve puzzles, and meet huge cast of interesting characters as a young, enthusiastic bard to have some fun.