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Phantasie III: The Wrath of Nikademus

DOS - 1988

Also available on: Commodore 64 - Amiga - Atari ST - PC-88

Alt name Phantasie 3
Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Fantasy, Turn-based
Publisher Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Perspective Top-Down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.58
4.2 / 5 - 20 votes

Description of Phantasie III: The Wrath of Nikademus

Phantasie games are early RPGs that should be credited as among the first to feature excellent combat options (e.g. different styles of attack), "bank" concept where you deposit the loot, and excellent variety of spells and monsters.

These games were a big hit on Commodore 64, but their 4-color IBM port, predictably, didn't do as well. Too bad Phantasie 2 was never ported to the PC.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

ADM 2020-02-20 0 point DOS version

I had this game as a kid for the Apple ][c, so I remember it with monochrome green graphics. Playing it in CGA is... not as pleasant, but still plenty nostalgic.

I always like the vibe of the Phantasie series, there was a subtle humor in everything that didn't take fantasy too seriously. Unfortunately, as a game, this one kind of stinks.

Notice the screenshots posted on this site: 4 screens of setting up your party, one of you traveling, and two of the cutscenes that happen when your party dies. That pretty much sums up this game. You will spend 20 minutes building the perfect party, and the second you step out into the wild you'll get attacked by a party of 15 monsters way too hard to handle and the whole crew gets slaughtered. Takes forever to build up a party capable of surviving travel to the next town, never mind the dungeons. I had time for that as a kid, not anymore.

Sam 2020-01-19 0 point

Jamos, first of all, are you using DOSBOX? You shouldn't try to run the game directly under modern Windows. Second, it's bloody ugly! Get the ST or Amiga version instead, proper colour graphics that don't make your eyes bleed. Run it under an appropriate emulator. Most 1980s PC games were awful. The ones that supported 16-colour EGA weren't so bad, or the very late ones using VGA were good. But CGA, bleecccch!

There were 3 graphics modes for CGA. The first was 640x200 in black and white only. The second was 4-colour 320x200, in 2 palette options. Either red, green, yellow, and blue; or black, white, cyan, and magenta! What sort of sicko decided cyan and magenta were a good choice for 2 of your 4 colours, but no, say, red or green?

Of course the nicer palette option was missing black, and white. But so what? Still much nicer. But so many games went with the ugly option. Really don't know why.

There was also fourth pseudo-graphics mode, 160x100 in 16 colours, caused by using the block graphic characters in text mode, and telling the video chip to stick 100 lines of text instead of 25 on screen. A few games used that but not enough, really, it's a shame. The "8088mph" PC demo, released only a couple of years ago, used a twist on that to allow around a thousand (!!!) colours on 1981-era CGA hardware! Runs only on original the IBM PC model, so if you want to see it you'll probably ned to go by Youtube.

Anyway... get the ST / Amiga version. That's a tip for all late-1980s games. They were the main games machines anyway so are more likely than the PC to have a particular game available. They also came with sound chips included in the machine!

Robo 2014-01-11 1 point DOS version

Oh, the nostalgia. Also, try dosbox.

guest 2012-10-03 0 point DOS version

Review of Phantasie III for DOS:

Jamos 2012-04-09 -1 point DOS version

How do you get this to work always says cant start program from menu??

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