The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate

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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.


The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate Commodore 64 Outside of the camp
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate Commodore 64 Skara Brae
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate Commodore 64 In the wilderness
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate DOS Outside of refugee camp

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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 DOS Mar, 2005 10 out of 10 100
64'er Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 14 out of 15 93
CU Amiga Amiga May, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Joker Amiga May, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1992 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 84 out of 100 84
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 84 out of 100 84
Commodore User Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Amiga Format Amiga Jun, 1991 69 out of 100 69


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Cancelled IIGS version

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


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