Phantasmagoria

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Phantasmagoria
Phantasmagoria cover
Developers
Sierra Entertainment
Engines
SCI2
Release dates
DOS August 24, 1995
Windows 3.x August 24, 1995
Windows August 24, 1995
Mac OS (Classic) August 1995
Windows (ScummVM) February 10, 2010[1]
Reception
IGDB 60
Phantasmagoria on IGDB
Phantasmagoria guide on StrategyWiki
Phantasmagoria on MobyGames
Phantasmagoria on Wikipedia
Phantasmagoria
Phantasmagoria 1995
Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh 1996

Key points

Can be run under ScummVM.

General information

Hardcore Gaming 101 - Comprehensive feature
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
DOS
Windows 3.x
Windows
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with ScummVM
DOSBox version is also available (when using GOG Galaxy).[2]
Windows
Steam
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Uses DOSBox.
Windows
A demo is available from ScummVM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Improve FMV scaling and remove interlaced lines[edit]

Change in-game option[3]
  1. Start a new game.
  2. Click on the big stylized P letter in the middle of your user interface to access options.
  3. Change a movie mode from Half Screen to Full Screen.
  4. Click on More.
  5. Change Movie Detail setting to On to remove interlaced lines.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\RESOURCE.CFG
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/501990/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\Phant\PHANTSG.*[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/501990/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM user manual for details.

Video[edit]

General settings - Page 1.
General settings - Page 1.
General settings - Page 2.
General settings - Page 2.

Windowed[edit]

Adjusting windowed mode in digital release[4]
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\Phant\DOSBOX\dosboxPHANT.conf with a text editor.
  2. To start the game in windowed mode, set fullscreen= to false.
  3. To modify window resolution (image will be upscaled):
    1. Set the resolution in windowresolution= to a resolution you want. E.g. windowresolution=1280x960.
    2. Change the output to output=opengl.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound Effects/Voice
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Not available digitally. See this guide.
German
Not available digitally. Use this patch for the Steam/GOG version.
Italian
Spanish
Fan translation, download.

Issues fixed[edit]

Objects spin too fast when you inspect them / elements of a game run too fast[edit]

Set the cycles limit[4]
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\Phant\DOSBOX\dosboxPHANT_single.conf with a text editor.
  2. Go to [cpu] section.
  3. Change cycles=max to cycles=fixed 26800

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes SVGA, SVGA (VESA)
Executable16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Windows 3.x version might be playable on a 64-bit OS using ScummVM.

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel i486 25 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
Other 2x CD-ROM drive
Windows 3.x
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 3.1
Processor (CPU) Intel i486
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB
Video card (GPU) 640x480 resolution
Other 2x CD-ROM drive
Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel i486DX2
System memory (RAM) 12 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB
Video card (GPU) 640x480 resolution
Other 2x CD-ROM drive
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7.1
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68040
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Other 2x CD-ROM drive

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/501990/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (501990) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References