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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 DOS Nothing but rocks here...
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate DOS Fight won (CGA w/Composite Monitor)
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate DOS The bard has plenty of different songs at his/her disposal
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate DOS Serpent (CGA w/Composite Monitor)

Promo Images

The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate Magazine Advertisement
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate Magazine Advertisement

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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 (439)

Critic Reviews

Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Mar, 2005 10 out of 10 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 920 out of 1000 92
Happy Computer Apple II Jun, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Joker Amiga May, 1991 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 84 out of 100 84
Zzap! Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 81 out of 100 81
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1991 8.2 out of 12 68
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 67 out of 100 67
PC-Spiele '92 DOS 1991 5 out of 10 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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