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Phantasmagoria: The Scariest Video Game Ever Produced

Updated on March 19, 2017

Phantasmagoria (Game Cover)

Phantasmagoria was made for the PC and the Sega Saturn. It has some very spooky scenes throughout the entire game.
Phantasmagoria was made for the PC and the Sega Saturn. It has some very spooky scenes throughout the entire game. | Source

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Phantasmagoria: Facts & More

1. Sierra built a studio just for the production of Phantasmagoria.

2. Phantasmagoria cost a total of 4.5 million to create.

3. The game has a cast of 25 live actors which helped make the game realistic.

4. It took over 1,000 backgrounds in order to complete this game.

5. 135 people formed a choir to chant during certain scenes in this horror game.

Clip From Phantasmagoria Video Game.

Phantasmagoria the video game produced a sequel which continued where the first game left off. The cut scenes are detailed and the plot was carefully thought up.
Phantasmagoria the video game produced a sequel which continued where the first game left off. The cut scenes are detailed and the plot was carefully thought up. | Source

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Gameplay......

Using a mouse you can move around and pick up items. It is a one player, point and click game. The actors are used during the whole game from full motion cut scenes to the gameplay itself. You are in a haunted mansion if you will so navigate from room to room picking up keys, maps, weapons and other helpful items.

The game is easy to play and navigate through by opening and going through doors and corridors.

Watch Out!

In this clip from Phantasmagoria a giant demon claw is reaching down from the ceiling. You never know what to expect from this point and click horror game.
In this clip from Phantasmagoria a giant demon claw is reaching down from the ceiling. You never know what to expect from this point and click horror game. | Source

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Phantasmagoria: The Nightmare Begins

You and your husband buy a mansion once owned by a famous magician. The big problem is that magic man summoned a demon from hell that never left the home. After seeing and experiencing non stop fear Your goal is to trap the demon and get out of that evil home. Easier said than done with haunts at each turn. Make the right moves and check everything for clues before you get took over by an evil entity and lose your mind and soul.

Frightful

Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria Trailer (Video)

Three Eyed Freak

This guy has demon eyes and an eyeball in his mouth. The mansion has the presence of an evil demon which caused havoc and death.
This guy has demon eyes and an eyeball in his mouth. The mansion has the presence of an evil demon which caused havoc and death. | Source

Graphics, Music & Sound Effects

The background graphics are 3D that still look top notch even today and the live actors even during action is a nice touch.

A large choir chants evil sayings in the game. Rock, Opera music and heavy metal are played during this game and the heart beats and pulse bouncing that occurs in the game is played using live instruments. The sound effects such as chanting, howling and screaming will put you on edge from start to finish.

Fun and Easy Point and Click Horror

The ease of this game was actually cool because it was so long that it still took a long time to beat. It is 7 Discs and with the cut scenes Phantasmagoria takes a while to complete. The game was released in 1995 on PC and in 1997 the Sega Saturn churned it out. Use a mouse on PC and the Saturn used a controller. Even though the gameplay was easy to master the game still made you think because you have to solve puzzles and locate hidden items.

Scene From Phantasmagoria

The backgrounds in Phantasmagoria were ahead of their time. 3 Dimensional graphics made the back drops look fantastical especially when combined with digitized actors in the game.
The backgrounds in Phantasmagoria were ahead of their time. 3 Dimensional graphics made the back drops look fantastical especially when combined with digitized actors in the game. | Source

Fear Factor

This game is downright scary all the way around. The music is spooky especially the devil worshipping chants. The blood, gore and evil creatures are frightening enough but the demon in the Chapel literally gave me goose bumps the first time I discovered it. The ghosts, demons, flickering lights and moving objects are freaky enough but it happens during gameplay instead of just occurring in cut scene clips.

Note: A sequel was released in 1996 and it was entitled "Phantasmagoria: Puzzle of Flesh". It was just as gruesome as the first if not more so. If you have ever played Phantasmagoria please share your thoughts on the game in the comments section at the bottom of this article.

Location of Phantasmagoria (New England)

Controversy Surrounding The Game

A demon possesses the lead character's husband and then the man sexually assaults his wife which caused some stores in America to ban it from their shelves. Aside from that horrid scene the game has many demonic parts including witchcraft, black magic and demonic forces.

The other controversy is because with the actors being real life looking instead of cartoon animations the killing and violence seem to be so real.

Phantasmagoria Video Game Clips (Video)

Phantasmagoria (Bloody Game Clip)

Phantasmagoria features intense violence as well as demonic possession.
Phantasmagoria features intense violence as well as demonic possession. | Source

Awards for Phantasmagoria

1. Golden Triad Award

2. Adventure Game of the Year

3. Editor's Choice Award

4. Game of the Month

Aside from these awards the game was nominated for many others. And in some countries the game was heavily censored and in some cases banned.

Phantasmagoria Walkthrough Video

Phantasmagoria (Game Clip)

Phantasmagoria takes place on a large estate inside a mansion but also in the huge yard.
Phantasmagoria takes place on a large estate inside a mansion but also in the huge yard. | Source

Final Thoughts

To be honest, I adore this game and to me it is the best horror video game ever. The music and sound effects are scary and the 3D graphics along with real actors shown in full motion video are outstanding even after more than 15 years of its release. But I like it because the plot, gameplay and evil characters. I do wish the game had more weapons to gather and use but other than that it ranks an A+ in my opinion. I have beaten this game four times and I whooped the sequel twice.

With all due respect to games such as the Resident Evil franchise and the Silent Hill series Phantasmagoria is a legendary horror video game, one for the ages. I am not really a big fan of point and click games but this one earns a 9.5 out of 10 and I would recommend it to any fans of horror style video games.

© 2015 Buster Johnson

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