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The Faery Tale Adventure

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The Faery Tale Adventure
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: RPG































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] 705601
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[3] E184SMX
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E184SMX
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E184SMX
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E184SMX
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



The Faery Tale Adventure is an RPG originally developed and published by MicroIllusions for the Commodore Amiga (as The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I) in 1987. Four years later it was ported to the Sega Mega Drive by New World Computing and published by Electronic Arts in North America and Europe.

The Mega Drive port is the only console version of The Faery Tale Adventure, though is seen to struggle due to a reliance on the three button Mega Drive control pad when the game was originally optimised for use with a mouse. The Mega Drive version also omits the original subtitle "Book I", presumably because at this point it was assumed MicroIllusions would produced a "Book II". Eventually a sequel did appear as Halls of the Dead: Faery Tale Adventure II, released for DOS and Windows PCs in 1997.

Gameplay

This game doesn't have good compatibility with the six button control pad, in this case meaning that it's extremely difficult to select items in shop menu due to game seemingly moving cursor on each frame that D-Pad is held, instead of just once per press. Hold Mode button when booting up the system to switch to 3 button mode and fix this issue.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits (opening sequence)
  • Design: Talin
  • Programming: Joe Pearce
  • Graphics: Talin, Allison Hershey, Bonita Long-Hemsath, Ernie Potvin
  • Musical Score: Talin
  • Copyright 1987 MicroIllusions Inc.
  • Copyright 1991 New World Computing
  • All rights reserved.

Magazine articles

Main article: The Faery Tale Adventure/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Mega Force (FR) #1: "Juillet/Août 1991" (1991-07-18)
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №1, p46/47[5]
80 №175, p62[6]
84 №26, p38[7]
75 №19, p184
65 №5, p91
31 №18, p71
49 №1, p77[8]
61 №10, p80/81[9]
88 №12, p34/35[10]
69 №12, p63[3]
60 №23, p53
60 №25, p33
30 №25, p44/45
81 №18, p65
Sega Mega Drive
66
Based on
14 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Mega Drive, AU

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 963f4969
MD5 135e1eb555ef5cf661b8c9ae953985c3
SHA-1 5d9a448d741743c7e75e5fe462e0da0ea3d18a13
512kB 1991-06 Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. File:GamePro US 026.pdf, page 40
  2. File:GamePro US 023.pdf, page 38
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:Raze UK 12.pdf, page 63
  4. File:MeanMachines UK 10.pdf, page 81
  5. File:ConsolesPlus FR 001.pdf, page 44
  6. File:Dragon US 175.pdf, page 64
  7. File:GamePro US 026.pdf, page 38
  8. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 77
  9. File:MeanMachines UK 10.pdf, page 80
  10. File:PlayerOne FR 012.pdf, page 34