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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 Genesis Crossing a river
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I Genesis Title screen
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I Genesis Mission
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I Genesis A tavern

Promo Images

The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I Magazine Advertisement
The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "FTA" -- Official abbreviation

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Sep, 1991 95 out of 100 95 Jun 28, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Dragon Nov, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retro Archives Apr 23, 2020 15 out of 20 75
Raze Oct, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Power Play Sep, 1991 63 out of 100 63
Mean Machines Jul, 1991 61 out of 100 61
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 1991 Unscored Unscored


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

PCGamer77 (3230) added The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I (Genesis) on Jun 07, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Quapil (5475), Old man gamer (386) and necronom (76)