The story is that of the three sons of a small village's Master at Arms. Following a long period of peace and prosperity the land is invaded by a necromancer and his hordes of evil minions.
The village is repeatedly attacked until its magical talisman is stolen. Fearing the worst, the village elders ask the father to go to the King for help. For a long time they hear nothing until one day he staggers back, wounded and dying.
He confirms that the country is overrun by all that is evil. On his deathbed he explains to his sons what must be done to save the land from the necromancer's clutches.
From a prophecy made in the distant past it was said that seven quests had to be completed to defeat such an enemy. You control one of the sons in his quest to fulfil that prophecy.
Starting from the village you must explore, talk to those you meet and defeat enemies. There is plenty to find, and you must learn how all the special objects will help you.
Control is via the keyboard or mouse. A large graphics window shows your character and a portion of the countryside. The music changes to an ominous tune when enemies approach.
Beneath this scene are three windows. One tells you what is happening, with the character's vital statistics. A second is a menu where you can load and save - check your inventory, talk, buy, use a magic item and so on. Another window contains a compass rose from which you can direct your movement.
You start with brother Julian. I found it very difficult to keep him alive very long, Each time he is killed his luck points are reduced. If they have not reached zero a sweet little blue faery flies across the screen and resurrects him.
Once Julian is finally dead, you move over to Phillip. When he has gone to his maker, Kevin, the youngest, steps forward.
Faery Tale is not an easy adventure to get into quickly. You must learn how to best use what you find, especially the magic items. When fighting hand to hand you must face your enemy and use your chosen weapon. This takes a little practice to synchronise accurately.
Addictive, once you get the hang of it, and there is certainly plenty to explore.