Released in 1985, Phantasie is a multi-character role-playing game that expands on the concepts developed in Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord and Ultima. Offering more combat options than its predecessors, what the game sacrifices in graphics it somewhat gains back in more diverse gameplay. Selecting from various races and professions, your party of adventurers sets forth to explore a series of dungeons where you discover the usual supply of runes and rings necessary to complete your quest. The action isn't particularly quick, and it can take a while to develop your characters to the point that they can survive productive encounters. Nonetheless, this was one of the better rpgs of the mid-'80s, though it was quickly surpassed by later releases, including the sequels to Wizardry and Ultima. There were two sequels to Phantasie, neither of which were a significant improvement over the original, and a 1990 retro-packaging (Phantasie: Bonus Edition) that failed to revive much interest in the series.
The island of Gelnor has been taken over by The Black Knights, who demand sacrifices and homage as they travel from town to town. Defeat them and their master, Nikademus!
Phantasie is a classic role-playing game, and one of the first to introduce a "bank" for storing money in addition to expanding on the classic Wizardry-style gameplay of building your own adventuring party with traveling from town to town via the countryside, overhead views of dungeons, and multiple styles of attack.
The first volume in the great but simple roleplay series. You can create up to six different characters each with their own look. There are of course the most usual features included suck as experience points, skills etc.
You can explore many different dungeons, castles and caves. The combat engine is very simple where each of your characters is located in a row and that means only certain people can reach the enemies when you fight. This is not seen in all other roleplay games. The games also has a rather special of showing that your characters are wounded or has lost am arm etc. by showing only one leg at the picture. I suggest you get this game if you like roleplay games.
Phantasie games are early RPGs that should be credited as among the first to feature excellent combat options (e.g. different styles of attack), "bank" concept where you deposit the loot, and excellent variety of spells and monsters. These games were a big hit on Commodore 64, but their 4-color IBM port, predictably, didn't do as well. Too bad Phantasie 2 was never ported to the PC.
Explore different dungeons, caves, towns and castles. Funny combat engine. Goal of the game is to defeat the Black Knights who have taken over your island. Nice thing is that you can store your money on some bankaccount.
A nice little classical, yet not widely known RPG we got here. It's somewhat reminding a bit of the older Ultimas. Your group of wandering Adventurers searches through dungeons, fights monsters, finds treasures. It's all there, the fights are pretty wellmade, character stats are not too complex, but still enough to satisfy the RPG-Freak. Over all an enjoying game for fans of the old Computer-RPGs.
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