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Tales of Phantasia

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
...
3.4
Game Boy Advance
73
3.6
SNES
...
3.9
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Description

In Tales of Phantasia the player controls a young boy named Cless, who lives together with his parents in a quiet village. It was a day like all the others when Cless decided to go hunting with his best friend Chester. Chasing a wild boar, Cless discovered a strange talking tree in the forest who was pleading him for help. But as soon as it stopped speaking, the two friends heard the sound of an alarm. They returned to the village and found it burnt down, and all its inhabitants murdered. Before Cless' mother died in his arms, she told him this terrible massacre had something to do with the pendant she and her husband gave Cless for his birthday... what connection could there be? Cless decides to visit his uncle who lives in another town, but he doesn't realize his journey will take him to much more remote places than that.

Tales of Phantasia is a Japanese-style role-playing game with an unusual combat system: the battles are action-based and are fought on separate side-scrolling screens. The player directly controls one character, while other party members are controlled by AI. It is possible to pause the game at any time and use magic, items, or choose an overall strategy for the allies.

Screenshots

Tales of Phantasia SNES The game starts directly with this flashback battle.
Tales of Phantasia Game Boy Advance Welcome to Totus and meet our hero, Cress as he and his friend Chester heads out to hunt.
Tales of Phantasia SNES Nice shadows!
Tales of Phantasia Game Boy Advance Forest

Alternate Titles

  • "幻想传说" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Tale Phantasia" -- Working Title
  • "Huanxiang Chuanshuo" -- Chinese title
  • "テイルズ オブ ファンタジア" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Very nice roleplaying adventure, but not without flaws. SNES Bregalad (916)
Still a Great game, but 11 years later, its not the same Game Boy Advance Scott G (731)
One great Import from Japan SNES Scott G (731)
One of the greatest SNES games of all time SNES Twilightseer (252)
Quite possibly better than CT. SNES Roo (5)

The Press Says

N-Zone Game Boy Advance Apr 24, 2006 87 out of 100 87
GameFan Magazine SNES Mar, 1996 86 out of 100 86
GamerDad Game Boy Advance Apr 26, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
UOL Jogos Game Boy Advance Mar 14, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Mar, 2006 7.75 out of 10 78
RPGFan Game Boy Advance Jan 13, 2007 77 out of 100 77
Mygamer.com Game Boy Advance Apr 09, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Mar, 2006 7.25 out of 10 72
Jeuxvideo.com Game Boy Advance Apr 11, 2006 14 out of 20 70
JeuxActu Game Boy Advance Apr 24, 2006 13 out of 20 65

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Trivia

The cartridge size of the game for the Super Famicom version is quite impressive (48 megabit), and the game even has some voice acting.

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