Sierra's Phantasmagoria tops charts and rakes in year-end awards.
Phantasmagoria grossed $12 million the first week of release (300,000 units) and was the top-selling CD for the month of September, as compiled by PC Data Inc. in Reston, Va. (October figures not yet available).
With a $4 million development budget and two years of development time, Phantasmagoria is Sierra's most sophisticated product ever.
Hailed by Games Magazine as the Best Adventure Game of the Year, Phantasmagoria has also earned an Editor's Choice Award from PC Gamer; the Golden Triad Award from Computer Game Review; Windows Magazine's Game of the Month for December; and was one of three nominees for PC Computing's Game of the Year.
USA Today raved, "From the opening nightmare fantasy to the final dispensation...Phantasmagoria will keep you perched at the edge of your keyboard."
Billboard Magazine lauded Phantasmagoria as "Hotly awaited and, well, just hot, Phantasmagoria lives up to the advance billing."
Computer Game Review praised, "Sierra has successfully combined the full-motion video technology of an interactive movie with the appeal and playability of an adventure game."
Presented in an ultra-realistic 3-D rendered world, Phantasmagoria is the most detailed and cinematic horror game available to the computer gaming audience. In keeping with the styles of Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, Williams has penned a terrifying thriller unfolding in seven novel-like chapters on seven CDs.
The game, which boasts over 1,000 three-dimensional backgrounds, more than two hours of full-motion video and a cast of 11 main characters, immerses players in Williams' realm of terror.
Players assume the role of Adrienne, who, with her husband, Don, has moved into a large island mansion originally built by a famous but enigmatic illusionist. As Adrienne, players must unravel the dark mystery surrounding the house and combat the evil force that holds her husband in its icy grip.
Phantasmagoria, available on Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and DOS CD, arrived in stores on Aug. 24 for an estimated street price of $69.95. A Macintosh version will be released for the holidays.
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