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Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
66
3.5
Windows 3.x
68
3.7
DOS
63
3.4

User Reviews

Full of flaws, but atmospheric and overall very impressive DOS אולג 小奥 (168702)
The stereotype of an interactive movie - much more movie than interactive. DOS Mumm-Ra (382)
One of the most memorable gaming experiences I've had Windows hikari_no_tsubasa (11)
One of Sierras best and a great FMV! Windows Alex Misiti (100)
A Campy Movie Adventure Windows swaaye (34)
Bad game, interesting interactive b-horror movie DOS tomimt (339)
A horror game or a horrible game? DOS Icarus Lytton (23)
Quite horrible, really. DOS Tomer Gabel (4388)
Technical Marvel, Gaming Disaster Windows Game22 (42)
A memorable Horror Story, that has stuck in my mind since 1995. Windows Eric Ridenour (2)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
DOS 41 3.4
Macintosh 5 3.7
SEGA Saturn 4 3.5
Windows 57 3.5
Windows 3.x 9 3.7
Combined MobyScore 116 3.5


The Press Says

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97
Windows 3.xFreak
סיירה בת 15. זו חברה שיודעת לעשות היסטוריה. גם אם מבחינת משחק לא מדובר בקווסט הכי קשה והכי מפחיד, אז מבחינת קולנוע אינטראקטיבי, מדובר כאן בצעד גדול מאוד לפריקיות! חובה!
90
MacintoshAll Game Guide
If you like your games filled with horror or just want an immersive experience with FMV sequences that keep you gasping and returning again and again, Phantasmagoria is a game that will fulfill all those needs and more. Keep in mind this is a horror game and an extremely effective one at that. If the sequences give you nightmares, you have only yourself to blame -- you've been warned.
90
WindowsAdventurespiele
Phantasmagoria ist ein Horroradventure durch und durch. Man kann es zwar mit einem Passwort schützen, so dass die schrecklichsten Szenen zensiert sind, trotzdem ist es für Kinder und zarte Gemüter nicht geeignet.
89
DOSComing Soon Magazine
With Phantasmagoria, Sierra On-Line made a decisive step into adult games. Until now, the extensive line of products from Sierra On-Line included titles such as the famous King's Quest and Space Quest series which had no restrictions for the audience. It was only two years ago with Gabriel Knight that Sierra On-Line tried an incursion into adult games that met an enormous success. The game, based on the vodoo superstition, has been a revelation and proved there was an audience ready for this kind of adventure games. That's the reason why Phantasmagoria and the soon to be released, Gabriel Knight II: The Beast Within have been developed with multi-million dollars budget. The traditional animations used for so many years became obsolete and were replaced by full-motion videos with the same actors and special effects that you can watch in the film industry.
88
DOSPC Joker
Multimediales Horror-Adventure mit allen Schikanen und noch mehr Schockeffekten.
88
MacintoshMac Gamer
Despite all of the gripes I have about this game, one thing is clear: it did keep me on the edge of my chair throughout. Yes, the graphics could have been better; yes, the acting could have been better; yes, some of the interface was poorly organized, but the game does shine through all this. Of course, being a "movie" will limit its gameplay extensively. Once you finish it, you're done. I did finish it (with a little help from the "Offical Insider's Guide to Phantasmagoria", a 188-page book that goes behind the scenes, contains an interview of Roberta Williams, and offers an extensive walkthough of the entire game.). Parents! Read the booklet over prior to letting your kids play.
85
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Commençant d’une manière plutôt calme Phantasmagoria parvient à construire l’inquiétude grâce notamment à sa jolie réalisation. Le titre entraîne ainsi crescendo le joueur dans l’horreur d'un scénario habillement construit. Une expérience inoubliable à vivre et même à revivre pour déceler tous les secrets que l’histoire renferme. Bref, un voyage fantasmagorique qui restera gravé dans bien des esprits et qui donnera suite à un second épisode.
83
WindowsGame Revolution
In the end, Chapter 7 catapults you into a real-time "movie" mode, where your split-second decisions carry life-or-death consequences. Here's where the game makes up for its earlier aimlessness, as Phantasmagoria's story, video, terrific sound & music, slick gameplay and creative plot threads mesh to deliver a taut climax rivaling any horror movie for squeamish fun. It's too bad all games - or all of Phantasmagoria - can't be this engaging. Until that time, Phantasmagoria delivers a good time for fans of the macabre.
80
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Other than that, I would say that PHANTASMAGORIA has a great deal to offer. It's a beautiful program, well worth playing for its look and feel alone. Although it's a bit short, yielding only 20 to 30 hours of play for an average gamer, it can provide richly textured entertainment even to those who can't really appreciate its value as horror. For horror fans, PHANTASMAGORIA is a signal event, one of the most powerful titles ever released in the genre, and easily the most single-mindedly horrific. Like The Theatre du Grand Guignol, it is neither refined nor original – only moving. But blood and thunder has its own appeal.
79
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Phantasmagoria ist technisch und atmospährisch das erste Programm, von dem ich behaupten möchte: "Jawoll, so hat ein Interaktiver Spielfilm auszusehen!" Neben Leisure Suit Larry 1 und Space Quest 4 gehört das Grusical zu den faszinierendsten Produktionen, die Sierra jemals hervorgebracht hat.
75
Windows 3.xJoystick (French)
C'est beau, plutôt prenant, mais hélas beaucoup trop court et simplet. Pour un joueur confirmé, la résolution de l'aventure est chose faite en deux soirées.
75
WindowsJoystick (French)
C'est beau, plutôt prenant, mais hélas beaucoup trop court et simplet. Pour un joueur confirmé, la résolution de l'aventure est chose faite en deux soirées.
75
DOSJoystick (French)
C'est beau, plutôt prenant, mais hélas beaucoup trop court et simplet. Pour un joueur confirmé, la résolution de l'aventure est chose faite en deux soirées.
70
WindowsPuntaeclicca.it
Un gioco "di paura" che indubbiamente riesce a creare un forte clima di tensione emotiva ma al contempo suscita riserve non da poco nel sistema grafico adottato ed anche nella qualità degli enigmi. Vale la pena giocarci? Si, perché è indubbiamente singolare per il tema e il modo in cui è sviluppato. No, per chi cerca nel gioco essenzialmente il divertimento enigmistico.
68
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Wer gemäßigte Schwierigkeitsgrade und den "Interactive Movie"-Einschlag schätzt, kann seinen Spaß an Phantasmagoria haben. Das Spiel ist allerdings nicht für Kinder geeignet und wird nur mit sehr guten Englischkenntnissen zugänglich. Adventure-Veteranen der alten Schule werden über dieses Multimedia-Leichtgewicht hingegen pikiert die Nase rümpfen.
68
Windows 3.xPC Player (Germany)
Wer gemäßigte Schwierigkeitsgrade und den "Interactive Movie"-Einschlag schätzt, kann seinen Spaß an Phantasmagoria haben. Das Spiel ist allerdings nicht für Kinder geeignet und wird nur mit sehr guten Englischkenntnissen zugänglich. Adventure-Veteranen der alten Schule werden über dieses Multimedia-Leichtgewicht hingegen pikiert die Nase rümpfen.
68
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Wer gemäßigte Schwierigkeitsgrade und den "Interactive Movie"-Einschlag schätzt, kann seinen Spaß an Phantasmagoria haben. Das Spiel ist allerdings nicht für Kinder geeignet und wird nur mit sehr guten Englischkenntnissen zugänglich. Adventure-Veteranen der alten Schule werden über dieses Multimedia-Leichtgewicht hingegen pikiert die Nase rümpfen.
65
DOSPelit
Parin läpipeluukerran jälkeen Phantasmagoria tuntuu valtavalta pettymykseltä. Pelin Dos- ja Windows-versiot pyörivät hyvin, mutta itse pelissä ei ole sisältöä. Tarina on heikko ja hahmot mielikuvituksettomia, eikä seikkailuun ole mahtunut sitä itseään: seikkailua. Peli on liian helppo, lyhyt ja sanalla sanoen tylsä. Ilman näyttävää loppua pisteet putoaisivat vielä roimasti, sillä nyt pelistä jää sentään kohtuullinen jälkimaku. Mitä tapahtui, Sierra?
65
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Phantasmagoria raconte l’histoire d’Adrienne (j’ai gagné !), une jeune romancière venue s’installer avec son mari/fiancé photographe Don dans un inquiétant manoir. Apparemment, il a dû leur coûter toutes leurs économies, car tout au long de l’histoire, qui dure près d’une semaine, l’héroïne est toujours habillée de la même manière (pull orange, jeans noir, baskets blanches), mais passons. Ce manoir se révèlera rapidement hanté par un esprit démoniaque, qui avait déjà pris possession du corps du précédent propriétaire, l’illusionniste Carnovach, au siècle dernier. Celui-ci, doux comme un agneau auparavant, était devenu un vrai monstre par la suite en assassinant toutes ses femmes de manière sordide. Adrienne va libérer sans s’en rendre compte ce même démon, que le fils adoptif du magicien avait pourtant réussi à enfermer dans une boîte. L’entité maléfique va alors envoûter l’âme du mari d’Adrienne et les problèmes vont commencer…
60
Windows 3.xGameSpot
So why is Phantasmagoria so darned popular? It's accessible to newbies, it's a new genre, and Sierra has promoted the hell out of it. The built-in hint system can turn this into a cakewalk and you'll be wowed by the occasional top notch production values. Unfortunately, the repetitive violence may turn the newcomers off just as quickly. My recommendation: Phantasmagoria is only for the gaming-challenged. Otherwise try Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within. It's Sierra's second big-time video adventure and they learned from their mistakes.
60
WindowsGameSpot
So why is Phantasmagoria so darned popular? It's accessible to newbies, it's a new genre, and Sierra has promoted the hell out of it. The built-in hint system can turn this into a cakewalk and you'll be wowed by the occasional top notch production values. Unfortunately, the repetitive violence may turn the newcomers off just as quickly. My recommendation: Phantasmagoria is only for the gaming-challenged. Otherwise try Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within. It's Sierra's second big-time video adventure and they learned from their mistakes.
60
DOSLa Aventura es la Aventura
Sí, el juego tiene muchísimas cosas para criticar. Pero al comienzo del artículo dije que este juego no es un juego olvidable, y tengo razón: es una frikada maravillosa. Todos estos puntos flojísimos que ennumeré se traducen a un experimento que salió mal, pero que no deja de ser de lo más curioso y que cualquier aventurero debería probar. Porque es un juego de Sierra, al fin y al cabo, especialmente creado en una época en donde la empresa todavía sabía lo que hacía. Así que, por más que pueda seguir criticándolo, en el fondo es un juego que me atrae (ya lo jugué dos veces, oigan) por algún motivo, y no puedo entonces dejar de recomendarlo.
60
DOSQuandary
Gore permitting, first time gamers may well find Phantasmagoria to be an excellent introduction to the delights of computer game playing as there is plenty of exploration and very little frustration in the form of difficult problems to overcome. More experienced players, however, will no doubt find it all a bit too easy and even 'frustrating' because of the limited interaction.
60
DOSGameSpot
Phantasmagoria is Sierra's first attempt at a full-blown, live-action, interactive video adventure, and their ambition far outweighs the results. A four-plus-million-dollar budget and over two years in production do not necessarily translate into high quality gaming.
60
WindowsAdventure Classic Gaming
Phantasmagoria marks the first of a new horror adventure trilogy from Sierra On-Line. Designed and written by master storyteller Roberta Williams, Phantasmagoria represents an unprecedented effort by Sierra On-Line to develop a full-blown, live action, multimedia interactive adventure extravaganza. Using professional actors with real sets and Full Motion Video, it brings a new sense of make belief to computer adventure gaming. To many, Phantasmagoria symbolizes the beginning of a dangerous trend among game developers to mix in live action videos to enhance (or not) storytelling and gameplay. Unfortunately, with only a handful of exceptions, Full Motion Video has proven to be a technology that is difficult to incorporate well into adventure gaming. This title proves to be no exception.
51
WindowsJust Games Retro
Phantasmagoria. The game that made us all wonder if sweet King's Quest/Mixed Up Mother Goose designer Roberta Williams had secret "daddy issues." The game spoken of in mostly hushed tones and shocked awe - "Did you SEE that part where that girl got killed?" "Did you SEE that rape scene!?" And the game that did or did not revolutionize the "interactive movie," depending on who you talk to. Does it deserve all of this ruckus it has stirred up over the years? Yes. Is it the scariest game ever made? Sadly, no.
51
DOSJust Games Retro
Phantasmagoria. The game that made us all wonder if sweet King's Quest/Mixed Up Mother Goose designer Roberta Williams had secret "daddy issues." The game spoken of in mostly hushed tones and shocked awe - "Did you SEE that part where that girl got killed?" "Did you SEE that rape scene!?" And the game that did or did not revolutionize the "interactive movie," depending on who you talk to. Does it deserve all of this ruckus it has stirred up over the years? Yes. Is it the scariest game ever made? Sadly, no.
46
WindowsPower Play
Inhaltlich rührt Roberta Williams eine verquaste Genre-Mixtur an und bemüht so ziemlich jedes dumme Horrorfilm-Klischee. Da reiβen auch die wenigen, aber dafür widerlichen Gore-Szenen nichts mehr raus.
42
MacintoshJust Adventure
Okay, here's where you lose any shred of respect you may have for me. Despite everything I've said, I enjoyed playing Phantasmagoria. It was fun in a very base, trashy way. It had an interface that was intuitive and dependable. It's got some of those sturdy video virtues that I always enjoy. I guess I'm so critical of it because I think Sierra and Roberta Williams squandered an opportunity to make a really fine, groundbreaking, and new type of game and instead went for the low road. It's a pity.
42
DOSJust Adventure
Okay, here's where you lose any shred of respect you may have for me. Despite everything I've said, I enjoyed playing Phantasmagoria. It was fun in a very base, trashy way. It had an interface that was intuitive and dependable. It's got some of those sturdy video virtues that I always enjoy. I guess I'm so critical of it because I think Sierra and Roberta Williams squandered an opportunity to make a really fine, groundbreaking, and new type of game and instead went for the low road. It's a pity.
40
DOSAventura y Cía
Phantasmagoria es un juego cuyo interés practicamente se reduce al del coleccionista: fue la aventura de vídeo más vendida nunca, y uno puede tener curiosidad por la razón de tantas ventas - aparte del marketing - y por qué esa cantidad de seguidores que casi lo hacen un juego de culto. Porque por lo demás ofrece un entretenimiento muy cogido por los pelos, con una historia demasiado tópica, unos protagonistas antipáticos, unos puzzles rutinarios, y un concepto equivocado de lo que es dirigir un juego al público adulto.
40
MacintoshHigh Score
Alldeles för enkelt! Men vill du ha något att imponera med på dina kompisar, köp spelet. Söker du en utmaning, skippa det.
40
Windows 3.xHigh Score
Phantasmagoria hänfaller till en orgie i blod och våld - och mot slutet blir det nästan osmakligt "gorigt". Som spel är det minst lika uselt.
30
DOSRetroguiden
Phantasmagoria är ett av de där spelen som strimlats av kritiker och älskats av konsumenterna. Skapat av kvinnan bakom King's quest-serien, Roberta Williams, blev det en av de största spelsuccéerna någonsin för Sierra. Roberta själv har i en intervju hävdat att Phantasmagoria är det spel som bäst representerar hennes livsgärning som speldesigner och man kan åtminstone konstatera att det är en teknisk prestation utöver det vanliga. Tyvärr är det som äventyrsspel betraktat ett ganska misslyckat hopkok.
30
WindowsAdventure Gamers
In the end, I think Phantasmagoria is a failure of a game. However, I think that many beloved FMV titles would not have made it to shelves if not for the controversy and attention that this ambitious title received. I first played this game in 1996, and I was enjoyed it a lot then. Live-action was a very interesting concept. Since then, the FMV horror-mystery has been done in much more palatable and effective ways. There is no real challenge here for those looking for a fun game, and there is no real merit in it as an interactive movie. The only real achievement Phantasmagoria made was to break new ground for better games. 1 star is for the game itself, ½ star is for the revolutionary way that Phantasmagoria shaped computer games.
0
MacintoshAppleLinks.Com
There are so many things wrong with Phantasmagoria that I'm not sure where to begin.