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Fable (2004) is an adventure role-playing game set in a fantasy world where your interactions with the world and villagers, and decisions about your use of magical power, substantially alter the story and the environment.

As you progress through the game over many hours, your character visually changes depending on how you play. As in other role-play games you choose how to develop skills and accrue equipment and clothing. In Fable II you can gain a career as Blacksmith, Woodcutter, Bartender, Assassin, Civilian Displacement (Slaver), Bounty Hunter, or Merchant.

You develop deep relationships in the game with different non-player characters. You have a pet dog to help you. You can even find a wife and have children. But these things remain secondary to the main adventure story.

Although the features of the game developed with each version, Fable II is generally thought to be the best version of the game.
  • Fable (Xbox)
  • Fable: The Lost Chapters expansion
  • Fable Anniversary remade first game on Xbox 360
  • Fable II (Xbox 360) with free Knothole Island and See the Future downloadable content available.
  • Fable III (Xbox 360)
  • Fable Heroes spin-off game (Xbox 360).
  • Fable: The Journey spin-off game for Xbox Kinect camera, that is controlled by motion and gestures alone.
  • Fable Trilogy compilation including Fable Anniversary, Fable II and Fable III (Xbox 360)
  • Fable (Xbox Series X, PC) Series rebooted for the new generation of consoles from the team behind the open-world driving game Forza Horizon.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Fable 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Role-Play game with Action elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 30 hours to complete. The time to complete the different games varies. Figures given here for Fable II.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Fable Anniversary is rated PEGI 16+ with frequent, moderate violence. Violence consists of you hacking and slashing and casting spells at enemies. Blood is shown. Bodies remain for a short while. You can also attack innocent civilians, get drunk in your local tavern, and spend all your money on Blackjack.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The unusual social progression and decision making, alongside the fighting, magic and fantasy adventure, make this a good match for pre-teenager skill levels. Provided they are comfortable with the content, the game offers a good challenge for their social deduction, identity and narrative processing skills.


Fable usually costs £6.99 to £29.99. 

Fable - The Lost Chapters

Steam Store PC £6.99

Fable Anniversary

XBox Store Xbox One £29.99
Steam Store PC £26.99

Fable II

XBox StoreSALE Xbox One £14.99 £7.49 at the moment Free

Xbox Game Pass

Fable III

XBox StoreSALE Xbox One £14.99 £7.49 at the moment Free

Xbox Game Pass


App Store Mac Unavailable On Digital Store
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
The Fable Anniversary remake includes all the in-game purchases for free. Other games including Fable Trilogy require in-game purchases for additional content that extend the adventures. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/09/2004

Price: 50% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play and Action

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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