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Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh (Windows)

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Written by  :  Tom Jefferson (4)
Written on  :  Jan 04, 2010
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

The Interative Adult Horror Game...Kinda

The Good

Sierra was one of the major players for graphic adventure games and as computer games slowly moved over to a CD-ROM format, companies became to toy around with game environments that featured full motion video, digitial sound and images and a cast of real actors, some of which were more famous then others. For its day, this game has an impressive budget, a high degree of interactivity, an impressive storyline, decent acting and a willingness to dive into some taboo subject matter; i.e. mental illness, child abuse, kinky S&M sex, gender identity issues and, yes, even some bisexuality.

The Bad

The use of full motion video meant lots of CDs and that the programmers had to limit what you could interact with. Puzzles range from the mundane (talking to people over and over) to the incredibly and unjustly hard or illogical (trying to open mail or a tool box or one of the last puzzles in the game). The acting is, even at its best, average (providing some unintentional humor). At times the horror-science fiction storyline does not always seem to make sense and much of the 'adult' content is actually pretty tame.

The Bottom Line

Graphic adventure games are not as popular as they once were, and this game -- while groundbreaking in so many ways -- is not without its flaws and spoof-worthy jabs. It will probably be difficult to run on a modern pc and even then, it might be best to simply enjoy the walkthrough spoof on youtube.