|Designer(s)||Winston Douglas Wood|
|Writer(s)||Winston Douglas Wood|
|Platform(s)||Apple II, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Amiga, MSX|
|Genre(s)||Role-playing video game|
Phantasie is the first video game in the Phantasie series.
Based on the Isle of Gelnor, Phantasie allows a group of six characters to adventure the countryside and try to defeat the evil Black Knights and their sorcerer leader, Nikademus. Players could choose to be one of six character classes (Thief, Fighter, Ranger, Monk, Priest and Wizard) and could also choose between the races of Human, Dwarf, Halfling, Elf or Gnome. By selecting "Random" one could also choose from ogre, troll, pixie, gnoll, orc, lizard man, minotaur, and other races.
The game was notable for taking advantage of a broad mix of styles for the game: a town window which allowed purchasing in various shops, a top-down style dungeon crawl view, a top-down world map, and a separate combat window. Each character class had unique fighting styles and options and all characters could choose their strategy for a particular round in the turn-based combat segments. After a combat, experience was awarded, but the players would have to return to town to purchase their levels if they qualified.
With more than 50,000 copies sold in North America, Phantasie was very successful for SSI. 's Scorpia called Phantasie "a surprisingly good little game, with many interesting features".It was the company's best-selling Commodore game as of late 1987. Game reviewers Hartley and Pattie Lesser in 1987 complimented the Atari ST version of Phantasie in their "The Role of Computers" column in Dragon #120 (1987), recommending that Atari ST owners should "consider Phantasie as a game well-worth their attention." A.N.A.L.O.G. in 1988 called Phantasie and its sequel the best fantasy role-playing games for the Atari 8-bit. In 1991 and 1993 Computer Gaming World
Phantasie I, Phantasie III , and Questron II were later re-released together, and reviewed in 1994 in Dragon #203 by Sandy Petersen in the "Eye of the Monitor" column. Petersen gave the compilation 2 out of 5 stars.