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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. Each brother will be revived a few times when vanquished by an enemy, until his luck runs out, at which point he will die permanently.

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. The fastest-growing parameter is bravery, which is comparable to experience points and strength combined. Each defeated enemy yields bravery points; as it grows, so does the hero's vitality (maximum hit points), albeit at a slower rate. Combat system is rather simple and is done in action style, with the player pressing a key or a mouse button while navigating the protagonist towards or away from the enemy. Predating Ultima V, the game has a day and 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. Players can explore approximately 17,000 screens of terrain. The world is also interconnected, i.e. there are no transitions between different types of areas. Items can be dropped by enemies as well as found anywhere in the game's world. There is also NPC interaction and quests the protagonist can undertake.


The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I DOS Title screen (EGA)
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I Genesis Title screen
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I DOS The dragon's cave is nestled deep in snowy mountains.
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I Amiga Found a hidden item!

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Alternate Titles

  • "FTA" -- Official abbreviation

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User Reviews

An old adventure with a heart of gold. Amiga Keeper Garrett (1056)
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)

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Genesis Sep, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Oct, 1987 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1988 79 out of 100 79
Zzap! Amiga Nov, 1988 76 out of 100 76
Power Play DOS Jan, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 67 out of 100 67
Power Play Genesis Sep, 1991 63 out of 100 63
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Nov, 1989 7.5 out of 12 62
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Genesis Oct, 1991 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Feb, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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