Adrienne hopes to find an inspiration for her next novel in her new home, but starts having nightmares immediately upon moving in. Adrienne explores the estate, making mysterious discoveries like strange music, warnings written on her computer, and ominous messages from a fortune-teller automaton.Unbeknownst to the happy couple, Carno had practiced black magic when he previously lived in the mansion and had summoned an evil demon that possessed him and caused him to murder his wives.In the middle of the inventory slots is a "P" button that brings up an options screen, allowing the player to save or restore games, change the game screen to full- or half-size, control the volume, or switch between a censored version of the game and uncensored one, with more graphic content.
During her exploration of the grounds, Adrienne finds a secret chapel hidden behind a bricked off fireplace.
After opening a locked box atop an altar, Adrienne unknowingly releases Carno's demon, which promptly possesses Don.
Phantasmagoria is a point-and-click adventure game that features live-action actors and cinematic footage, both during scenes between the gameplay and within the three-dimensional rendered environments of the game itself.
the player controls protagonist Adrienne Delaney, who is always on the screen.
The user interface is a screen surrounded by a stone border, with buttons and eight inventory slots along the bottom.
Adrienne can only hold eight items at once, and each black slot can contain an image of an item that the user can click on to retrieve or use within the game.
Released on seven discs after multiple delays, Phantasmagoria was a financial success, grossing million in its opening weekend and becoming one of the best-selling games of 1995. It received mixed reviews, earning praise for its graphics and suspenseful tone, but was criticized for its slow pacing and easy puzzles.
The game drew controversy, particularly due to a rape scene.
Upon release, it was noted for its graphic gore, violence, and sexual content.