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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.


Tales of Phantasia SNES This proverb shows up when you boot the game
Tales of Phantasia SNES Choosing a name for the hero.
Tales of Phantasia SNES Buying things
Tales of Phantasia Game Boy Advance Cooking screen - collect recipe and then try them out with the necessary ingredients

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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 (938)
Still a Great game, but 11 years later, its not the same Game Boy Advance Scott G (728)
One great Import from Japan SNES Scott G (728)
One of the greatest SNES games of all time SNES Twilightseer (252)
Quite possibly better than CT. SNES Roo (5)
The first Tales Of is fun... PlayStation Mentifisto (28)

Critic Reviews

Legendra SNES Apr 23, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 SNES Oct 01, 2010 18 out of 20 90
N-Zone Game Boy Advance Apr 24, 2006 87 out of 100 87 PlayStation Feb 18, 2011 17 out of 20 85 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
JeuxActu Game Boy Advance Apr 24, 2006 13 out of 20 65
MAN!AC Game Boy Advance May, 2006 64 out of 100 64
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Advance Apr 29, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gameplanet Game Boy Advance Apr 29, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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