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The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I

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MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
...
3.6
Commodore 64
...
4.0
Genesis
77
3.5
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Description

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.

Screenshots

The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I Genesis Crossing a river
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I DOS Maybe Julian could use some sleep...like his brothers, he walks leaning to one side.
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I DOS Gameplay (CGA)
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I DOS Flying over the city of Marheim on the golden swan.

Alternate Titles

  • "FTA" -- Official abbreviation

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User Reviews

An old adventure with a heart of gold. Amiga Keeper Garrett (963)
Difficult to survive early on, but you gain experience quickly. Amiga Gloria Foster (5)
Great story and very in-depth gameplay. Commodore 64 lowlife13 atjuno (4)

The Press Says

Consoles Plus Genesis Sep, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Sega-16.com Genesis Jun 28, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Dragon Genesis Nov, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Zzap! Amiga Nov, 1988 76 out of 100 76
Happy Computer Amiga 1986 73 out of 100 73
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1992 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1992 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 67 out of 100 67
Power Play Genesis Sep, 1991 63 out of 100 63
Mean Machines Genesis Jul, 1991 61 out of 100 61

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Awards

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

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