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Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh (DOS)

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Description

Curtis Craig is a thirty-year-old man whose distorted childhood is filled with horrors. His father was involved in an illegal, top-secret experiment for a company called WynTech Industries. Nearly nothing is known about the true nature of this experiment; but something in it affected the sanity of Curtis' mother, eventually driving her to suicide. Curtis' father was later shot, leaving the poor little boy with serious behavioural disturbances, and eventually in therapy.

Now, a year after having been released from the mental institution, Curtis is employed at WynTech Industries, whose manager, Paul Warner, has seemingly taken it upon himself to take care of Curtis. He tries to find the cause of his psychotic episodes and the mysterious murders that break out all around him, all the while discovering more and more about his past life and his father's fate.

Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh is not an actual sequel to the original Phantasmagoria, but rather a follow-up that has similar themes and visual concept. The game is more heavy on puzzles and traditional adventure gameplay than its predecessor. The gameplay involves standard activities found in adventure games, including extended conversations with the characters featuring selectable dialogue topics, collecting and manipulating inventory items with the environment, etc. It is possible (and often necessary) to call characters on the phone, as well as check and answer e-mails accessed by Curtis' computer at his workplace.

Like its predecessor, the game has a simple point-and-click interface and employs video sequences with live actors as cutscenes. Short movies are usually shown after each action performed by the protagonist.

Screenshots

Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh DOS Hey pal, ya sure ya holdin' that gun steady?
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh DOS Curtis at his session with the psychiatrist... for the first time.
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh DOS Dr. Rikki, just realized her phone was bugged.
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh DOS Many puzzles are timed, and not solving them on time will usually end up by killing you.

Alternate Titles

  • "幽魂 2" -- Taiwanese spelling
  • "Phantasmagoria: Um Enigma de Sangue" -- Brazilian title
  • "Phantasmagoria : Obsessions fatales" -- French title
  • "Phantasmagoria: Labor des Grauens" -- German title
  • "Phantasmagoria 2" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

An Adult Adventure Game ETJB (394) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Where Insanity Becomes Normality MAT (66286) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Truly horrifying ... horrifying gameplay that is. Les Nessman (263) 0.67 Stars0.67 Stars0.67 Stars0.67 Stars0.67 Stars

The Press Says

PC Team Feb, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Gamesmania 1996 70 out of 100 70
Just Games Retro Oct 31, 2009 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Aventura y Cía Oct 14, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Pelit Feb, 1997 50 out of 100 50
Adventure Gamers Aug 15, 2008 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Adventure Classic Gaming Dec 01, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
GameSpot Dec 10, 1996 3.7 out of 10 37
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1997 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30

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Trivia

Australian version

The Australian version of Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh suffered the same fate as Duke Nukem 3D: The censorship feature is turned on permanently.

German index

On March 31, 1998, Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

German version

In the German version, one video with Therese at the water tank is missing. The game shows the scene in which Curtis drinks water twice instead. There is also a slight difference during another scene in Therese's cubicle.

Phantasmagoria

The only connection between Phantasmagoria and this game is that at the beginning of Act 3, Curtis receives a letter about a book signing by Adrienne Delaney, the main character in Phantasmagoria. It is impossible to meet Adrienne, however.

UK version

In the UK version, the videos of Bob's and Therese's deaths are based on the "low violence" game setting by default. They are also some additional cuts during the scenes.

Video

The Windows version of Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh displays 16-bit videos, while the DOS-edition can show only 256-colors.

Sexual content

If you are able to play an uncensored edition of the game, be prepared for a fair share of sexual content, which, at least at the time, was pretty taboo for the gaming industry:
Trevor has sex with both of his female coworkers, one of which is into S&M and invites Trevor to a S&M techno-nightclub. In therapy, Trevor confronts his gender identity issues, his mother forced him to wear a dress, and his romantic feelings for his gay best friend.

Information also contributed by Ajan, B14ck W01f, Virgil and Xoleras

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MAT (66286) added Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh (DOS) on Oct 02, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2156)