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A writer named Adrienne Delaney has just moved into an old mansion with her photographer husband Donald. Shortly after moving in, Adrienne begins to experience horrifying nightmares and have odd encounters inside the creepy old abode. Furthermore, the house is having a severe effect on her husband, changing him for the worse. Adrienne must discover the secret of the house before the unknown force consumes her husband, and unravel the terrible events that have happened in the past.

Phantasmagoria is an adventure game that places heavy emphasis on full motion video for exposition and cutscenes at various junctures to advance the storyline. Adrienne is represented as a digitized character roaming around pre-rendered settings in the house. She inspects various rooms, finds items, adds them to her inventory, finds places to use the items, and triggers advancements in the plot.

Puzzle-solving element is present, though reduced compared to most other adventure games made by Sierra. There are seven chapters in the game, as well as a status screen that tracks the player's progress within the chapter. If the player happens to get stuck in the game, a talking skull icon who identifies himself as the hintkeeper can supply the player with hints on request. It is possible to start playing the game from any chapter.


Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria Windows 3.x Why am I so miserable ?
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria Windows 3.x Intro

Promo Images

Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria Magazine Advertisement Part 2
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria Magazine Advertisement
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria Magazine Advertisement Part 1
Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria Other


Alternate Titles

  • "幽魂 1" -- Taiwanese spelling
  • "Phantasmagoria de Roberta Williams" -- Brazilian title
  • "Phantasmagoria" -- Steam re-release title
  • "Phantasm" -- Japanese Saturn title
  • "ファンタズム" -- Japanese spelling
  • "로베르타 윌리엄즈의 판타스마고리아" -- Korean spelling

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Critic Reviews

Freak May, 1995 97 out of 100 97
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 1995 78 out of 100 78
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Sep, 1995 76 out of 100 76
Joystick (French) Oct, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Score Sep, 1995 7 out of 10 70
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1995 68 out of 100 68
GameSpot May 01, 1996 6 out of 10 60
Just Games Retro Oct 20, 2006 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
High Score Nov, 1995 2 out of 5 40


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In the bar on the first floor there is a bottle of absinthe. As the game progresses, the bottle goes from full to nearly empty before it is removed from the bar altogether. Someone is drinking it.


Victoria Morsell, who plays Adrienne, and David Homb, who plays Don, started dating a week after they began filming together. The picture that sits on the night stand in the character's bedroom found a new home in the couple's living room after the game was finished.

Opening Theme

The opening theme for the game is called Consumite Furore, which translates to "Expend Your Rage," and was written by Mark Seibert based on an English text by Roberta Williams. The words in English and Latin are, respectively :

Come into this talisman || O Spirit of Darkness || Mighty Asteroth, I command you || And fill this stone with your rage || Fill it with your sulphurous powers|| Expend your angers on it || Those powers I will assume || I command you.

Venite in fascinum || O spiritus tenebrarum || Magne Asterothe, te iubeo || Et implete hunc lapidem vestro furore || Implete eum viribus sulfuratis vestris || Consumite eum iris vestris || Istas vires adsumem || Iubeo te.


The game was finished by the latter part of 1994, and was ready for release, however Sierra chose to call back some of the cast and crew members for two additional sessions of filming. Filming initially took an additional month and, three months later, was resumed for another couple of weeks.


  • The original title for the game was going to be Scary Tales but the name was changed to its current title during production. There is a directory for temporary files that the game installs called SCARY in honor of the early title.
  • The office of Bob Thompkins, Adrianne's sleazy real estate agent, is decorated with posters of girls from another Sierra adventure game, Leisure Suit Larry 6.


  • Due to strict censorship policies, Phantasmagoria was banned in Australia.
  • The German version of the game was banned in Germany on March 31st, 1998.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1996 – Biggest Disappointment in 1995
Information also contributed by MrBucket, phlux, Straw Hubert and Zovni.

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MAT (234563) added Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria (Windows 3.x) on Mar 27, 2003
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