The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate

Critic Score User Score
PC-98
...
4.7
Amiga
76
4.7
Apple II
...
4.4
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Description

The warriors who have destroyed the evil wizard Mangar receive a letter while celebrating their victory. The letter informs them of a terrible disaster: Mangar's master, the Mad God Tarjan, has unleashed his wrath upon the town of Skara Brae, completely destroying in. The heroes visit a refugee camp nearby and embark on a quest to defeat Tarjan.

Thief of Fate is the third installment in the Bard's Tale series, and a sequel to The Destiny Knight. It is similar to its predecessors, being a first-person fantasy role-playing game in which the player explores maze-like pseudo-3D towns, dungeons, and wilderness areas. Two new character classes have been added: Geomancer and Chronomancer. There are more dungeons than in the previous games, and this installment also adds an auto-mapping feature. The game's world is divided into separate realms accessed by using time warps, each with its own theme and setting - including, among others, famous locations from Earth's history such as ancient Rome or Berlin during World War II.

Screenshots

The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate Commodore 64 Looting an abandoned house
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate DOS You'll sometimes express your annoyance over the random battles
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate Commodore 64 Outside of the camp
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate DOS Your typical wilderness area. Trees, earth, and not much else

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User Reviews

Not the best of the Bard's Tale series - made more for Die-Hard Bard's Tale fans. DOS XplOrOrOr (16)
A bit of a challenge! DOS Mattias Kreku (421)

Critic Reviews

Pixel-Heroes.de Amiga Mar, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Pixel-Heroes.de DOS Mar, 2005 10 out of 10 100
64'er Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 14 out of 15 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 920 out of 1000 92
Happy Computer Apple II Jun, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Zzap! Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 81 out of 100 81
Commodore User Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Amiga Computing Amiga Jun, 1991 65 out of 100 65

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Trivia

Cancelled IIGS version

An Apple IIGS version was made by Rebecca Heineman but never released.

Awards

  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Robin Hogg)

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