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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 In the camp
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate Commodore 64 Skara Brae
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate Commodore 64 At the bar
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Critic Reviews Mar, 2005 10 out of 10 100
64'er Feb, 1989 14 out of 15 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Sep, 1988 920 out of 1000 92
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1988 10.5 out of 12 88
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1992 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Sep, 1988 84 out of 100 84
Zzap! Oct, 1988 81 out of 100 81
Commodore User Sep, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Dragon Oct, 1988 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Cancelled IIGS version

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


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    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Robin Hogg)

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