The Tale of Bistun

The Tale of Bistun is a story-driven action-adventure game inspired by the famous Persian tragic romance “Khosrow and Shirin”. A stone carver with no memory of who he is must traverse blighted lands to discover his identity and the source of a pleading, strangely familiar whisper
The Tale of Bistun is a story-driven action-adventure game inspired by the 12th Century tragic poem “Khosrow and Shirin.” You play as a stone carver who wakes on Mount Bistun with no memory of anything before that moment.
An insidious blight has spread, bringing forth many dangerous foes. You must battle through mythical enemies and travel between the real world and an ethereal place of forgotten memories to discover the secret of your past.


On the craggy slopes of Mount Bistun, a stone carver awakens with no memory of who he is nor how he came to be there. He soon discovers that a blight is squeezing the life out of nature, tainting the local wildlife and turning it hostile.
Encouraged by a strange, pleading whisper, the man journeys between the real world and the mysterious place of forgotten memories, known as the Revelations Realm, in search of answers.
But a colossal ancient evil is watching, waiting, and is not best pleased that its plans are being disrupted.

An ancient Persian myth

The Tale of Bistun is a compelling tale of sacrifice and self-discovery inspired by the 12th Century poem “Khosrow and Shirin.” The story takes place in an exotic world of Persian myth, where magic and divine influences shape all that you encounter.

Explore beautiful but blighted lands

As the stone carver, you must traverse the scenic slopes of Mount Bistun to unravel the mystery of your identity and how you came to be on the mountain.
Although beautiful, Mount Bistun has been afflicted by a terrible blight, and dangerous creatures wait for unsuspecting adventurers.

Engrave the past

As you explore the mountain, sculpt statues to remind you of your hazy past. Then, you can return to a hub area to carve out beautiful engravings detailing your past experiences and encounters.

Omniscient narrator

The Tale of Bistun is told through an omniscient narrator, who recounts the stone carver’s steps and details his innermost thoughts.

Fast-paced combat

Engage in fast-paced, tactical melee combat against a variety of wicked foes based on Persian mythology. If you’re in danger of being overwhelmed, unleash a devastating special ability to clear your path.
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Available Achievements

Skilled Hands
15 XP
Accomplished Smithy
15 XP
These Blades Are Made For Swinging
10 XP
A Stranger's Diary
15 XP
Unearth A Qanat
10 XP

The Tale of Bistun Editions(2)

The Tale of Bistun
The Tale of Bistun - Original Soundtrack
The Tale of Bistun - Artbook
The Tale of Bistun
The Tale of Bistun - Original Soundtrack
The Tale of Bistun - Artbook

The Tale of Bistun DLC & Add-Ons

The Tale of Bistun Ratings & Reviews

  • 56%
    Critics Recommend
  • 69
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Worth Playing
by Cody Medellin
7.5 / 10
The Tale of Bistun is surprising in several different ways. The story is intriguing not only because it's from a place we don't see much of but also because literature is rarely been done in games at all. The game's length is short but welcome, as a lengthier game would stretch out the repetitive combat a touch too much. For adventure gamers who want something narratively different and don't mind it being something that can be knocked out in an afternoon, The Tale of Bistun is worth a look.
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The Tale of Bistun System Requirements



OS versionWindows 10 x64
OS versionWindows 10 x64
CPUIntel Core i5 4460 | AMD Athlon X4
CPUIntel Core i5-4670K (4 * 3400) or equivalent; AMD FX-8350 (8 * 4700) or equivalent
Memory8 GB RAM
Memory8 GB RAM
GPUNvidia GTX 950 | AMD R7 370
GPUGeForce GTX 1050 ( 2048 MB); Radeon RX 580 (8192 MB)
DirectXDirectX 11
Storage6GB available space
Storage6GB available space
Languages Supported
  • Audio: English
  • Text: English, French, Spanish (Spain), Polish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean, German, Portuguese
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