I feel its presence, the icy fingers upon my throat.
I hear its eerie sounds, unsettling my every thought.
I try in vain to slumber, my reveries gripped by violent terror. My only salvation, the shock of awakening.
Something is very, very wrong here.
Master storyteller Roberta Williams challenges you to experience the ultimate interactive nightmare.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Realistic Blood, Realistic Gore, Strong Sexual Content.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2010-02-11 12:52:03 byAlexY:
Phantasmagoria is, undoubtedly, a key point in gaming history.
Phantasmagoria's concept is nothing new - a haunted house, ghostly possession, some gore and mystery added to the mix and that's that. The story is predictable, characters are bland, heck, even the puzzles are nothing much.
However, besides the obvious nostalgia factor for most of us, there is one thing that separatesread more Phantasmagoria from the rest and that is, in my opinion, mood. The tone and setting of the game, the epic castle filled with corridors, hidden rooms, odd devices... Every chapter of the game shows a new aspect of the castle, and things...change throughout. There is some non-linearity to be found as well, as some events are not bound to specific chapters, while some are. There are few key events and items needed to fully complete the game, and it is intentionally easy to miss them; whether this is good or bad, I leave that to you. Also of note is the wild ending sequence which actually does scare you a bit, along with one particularly striking and infamous rape scene (which I hope is included in GOG's release, uncensored).
Phantasmagoria was a technological leap forward back then, and even though it looks and feels downright silly today, with it's cheesy acting, horrible script, eye-crunching 'real-time graphics' and such, it is still a milestone in gaming's development, and should be seen as such. You might not like it for the plot or the relatively easy playthrough, but if you're into some history and acknowledge the 'so bad it's good' theory, then by all means, play it and enjoy it. We who loved it back then already have our copy. :)
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Posted on 2010-02-11 10:38:47 bypheonixcaldwell:
This game when it came out was massive with something like 8 discs. It had some incredibly freaky and amazing visuals for its time. I have been waiting for a way to play it on a newer os for some time now. I am so happy. Everyone who likes point and click adventures should give it a try. Thank you GOG!!
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Posted on 2010-02-11 11:10:22 byMaxheadroom:
Despite coming on a small mountain of CD's I finished this game in a weekend when it first came out, but I did finish it and enjoyed doing so.
It's not without it's faults. There were a couple of puzzles that if completed incorrectly would make the game uncompletable (the one involving a door, a key, a pencil and a newspaper springs to mind).
The game also infamous at the timeread more for featuring a 'rape' scene (which consisted of the main character's evil possessed husband following her into the bathroom where she is combing her hair. The scene fades to black and when the lights come back up he leaves and we see her sitting on the floor looking a bit dishevelled).
Despite it's faults though I found it a very enjoyable (if short) adventure.
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