Roberta Williams' Phantasmagoria spans seven CD-ROMs of full-motion video adventuring. Acclaimed for her King's Quest series and a major influence on modern graphic adventures, Williams employs live actors and a dark, disturbing theme throughout this adventure. Through a point-and-click interface, you'll assume the role of Adrienne, who must uncover the horrific mysteries behind the haunted mansion she and her fiancÚ recently purchased. Puzzles are usually logical and straightforward, but if you become stuck, the help feature offers hints and clues.
Phantasmagoria is a rather large adventure game from Sierra in terms of CDs (7), not necessarily in length. You play Adrienne, who 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. Further, the house is having a severe effect on her husband, changing him for the worse and you must discover its secret before he (or the house) kills Adrienne.
The game places heavy emphasis on full motion video for exposition and cutscenes at various junctures to advance the storyline. Further, 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 storyline. There are 7 chapters to the game, and there is a status screen in the game which tracks your linear progress within the chapter.
If you happen to get stuck in the game, there is a talking skull icon who identifies himself as the hintkeeper. You can click on him to get out of a puzzle jam.
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