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A Fork in the Tale is a FMV game starring Rob Schneider who voices the unseen player character. At the start of the story he saves a young woman's life and is transported to the dimension Eseveron. There he spends his time trying to figure out what is going on and then thwarting the plans of an evil villain.

The game is an interactive movie in the tradition of Dragon's Lair: The player watches a movie with little possibilities for interaction. During the movie sequences buttons pop up which stand for actions he can undertake, e.g. starting a conversation or using an item. He has a limited time to click on one of these buttons - if he chooses the correct one the movie progresses, if he clicks on the wrong one or none at all he dies. Later in the game there is another form of interaction: the player has to recreate gestures with his mouse to perform magic spells.

There are three difficulty levels which influence the difficulty of the choices and the tolerance for mistakes. It is marketed as a comedy adventure which means there are a lot of humorous remarks by the protagonist, especially when choosing the wrong path.


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Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B 75
Game.EXE Jul, 1997 60 out of 100 60
All Game Guide 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
GameSpot Mar 13, 1997 3.7 out of 10 37
PC Gamer 1997 34 out of 100 34
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1997 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Mystery Manor Nov 20, 2004 2 out of 10 20
Just Adventure Aug 26, 2004 F 0


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This was Any River's first and last game. Mismanagement of funds had put too much weight on A Fork In The Tale becoming a blockbuster to keep them afloat, and it didn't, and they sank.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 1998 (Issue #164) – Adventure/RPG Coaster of the Year

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Gene Davison (805) added A Fork in the Tale (Windows) on Aug 28, 2000
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