The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate

Critic Score User Score
Apple II
...
4.4
Commodore 64
86
4.1
PC-98
...
4.7
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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 Fighting a Hobgoblin
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate DOS At the Refugee Camp
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate DOS Equipment screen
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate Commodore 64 Outside of the camp

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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 Commodore 64 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
Power Play Apple II May, 1988 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jul, 1988 10.5 out of 12 88
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 84 out of 100 84
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 84 out of 100 84
Amiga Format Amiga Jun, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Amiga Computing Amiga Jun, 1991 65 out of 100 65
Amiga Power Amiga Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50

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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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