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The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I (DOS)

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Once upon a time, the people of Holm lived happily and peacefully, protected by a powerful talisman. But one day, their land was attacked, and the talisman stolen. A brave warrior went out to investigate the talisman's disappearance, but returned mortally wounded. Before he died, he told his three sons that the talisman was stolen by the evil Necromancer, and must be retrieved at all costs...

The Faery Tale Adventure is a role-playing game in which the player can assume control of any of the three brothers - Julian, Philip, or Kevin. Each of the three has his own strengths: Julian is the archetypal melee fighter, Philip has high luck and intelligence, while Kevin is known for his kindness. Should the player fail while controlling one of the brothers, the next one will replace him.

Much of the gameplay is dedicated to exploring the large world, interacting with non-playable characters and building up the brothers' combat abilities by participating in battles. Combat system is simpler than in most other RPGs of its time: it is performed in real-time, with the player selecting attacks or items while navigating the protagonist towards or away from the enemy. Predating Ultima V, the game has a day/night cycle, and the main character has to eat and rest.

The Faery Tale Adventure is notable for having a very vast world, usually considered the largest ever created for a video game at the time of its release. The players can explore approximately 17,000 screens of terrain.


The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I DOS The city of Marheim.
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I DOS Your quest...
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I DOS Phillip is supposed to be lucky and quick. With the three shades chasing after him, he's definitely not the former and he had better be the latter!
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I DOS The princess!

Alternate Titles

  • "FTA" -- Official abbreviation

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Power Play Jan, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1992 67 out of 100 67


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  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #63 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list

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