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Phantasmaburbia
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Genre: Adventure, RPG
Platforms: PC, Mac
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:39pm

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Release date: October 31, 2012
"...the essence of a great game. It's fun, it's deep and it's a game that anyone would do well to try, even those who aren't necessarily RPG fans." - JayIsgames http://jayisgames.com/archives/2012/11/phantasmaburbia.php

"...it’s a game about a place. It’s a game about a time; it’s the video game equivalent of those classic childhood movies. It’s packaged nostalgia, supplemented by a clever game that takes and modernizes the tropes we’ve come to expect from the humble RPG." - Pixels or Death http://pixelsordeath.com/the-long/phantasmaburbia-aint-afraid-of-suburban-ghosts

"I tried my best to think of a reason, any one at all, as to why you shouldn’t play Phantasmaburbia, but I can’t think of any... laughs in the face of billion-dollar games that don’t show even half the heart and inventiveness that it does." - Mash Those Buttons http://mashthosebuttons.com/review/phantasmaburbia-review/

"Eight impressively distinct main characters (four human, four ex-human) and a smattering of good gags and an economy of chatter despite a generally sombre tone... solid combat system with imaginative abilities." - RockPaperShotgun http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/11/02/impressions-phantasmaburbia/

"Like Dubloon, Phantasmaburbia is a highly streamlined experience with a lot of tricks up its sleeve to keep gameplay varied and interesting. However, Phantasmaburbia has the advantage of being much more polished and atmospheric than its predecessor." - IndieRPGs http://indierpgs.com/2012/10/new-release-phantasmaburbia/

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About the Game:
Phantasmaburbia is an adventure-roleplaying title that mixes old and new RPG ideas. In the year 201X, ghosts and evil spirits invade an American suburban community. A group of teens, armed with weapons found in their homes and assisted by friendly spirits, set out to prevent the rise of a great evil in their small town. It's got a crazy and original story with fast gameplay, clever puzzles, and fun secrets!

This is a game that's made to be a bit different. There's no currency or "fetch quests" and even NPCs are exceedingly sparse. You gain levels in a way such that you're never forced to grind, and the battles themselves are made to go quickly and succinctly (this game doesn't waste your time). The decisions you make over the course of the game have little effect on the story, but have ramifications for your characters' abilities and what dungeons you play. The puzzles are based on spatial manipulation, and require logical thinking beyond memorization or basic lock-and-key archetypes. While I still clung onto some of the superficial bits of old RPGs that I loved like combat menus and inventories, I also worked at every turn to personalize those things or optimize them to make something that's both classic and new.

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Website: Phantasmaburbia.com
Pronunciation: Fan-TAZZ-ma-burr-bee-uh
Popular Discussions View All (2)
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Jun 19 @ 12:27pm
Steam Stickers?
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Jan 7, 2013 @ 7:49am
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-1 Jul 24 @ 6:51am 
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v4victory501 Jul 20 @ 6:36pm 
Voted and bought it from IndieGameStand...enjoying the game...TY !
GameDemonKing Jul 20 @ 8:54am 
voted
JohnnyZwei Jul 1 @ 3:19am 
I wonder if this'll get greenlit. I'm keeping my fingers crossed
HombreFelipe Jun 8 @ 5:46pm 
Here is some gameplay if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmc5FXUZjcE
KriegerZeta May 26 @ 7:56pm 
What an interesting game. It does reminds me of both Homestuck and the Wild Arms series. Can't wait to play it. :)
Big Paulie M May 25 @ 6:53pm 
I need this game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Big Paulie M May 25 @ 6:52pm 
I really want to see this on steam because i played the demo today and made it to the end of the demo in 15 minutes. I'm really interested in the game and i want to see what happens next!(I want to find all the friends!)
AJ the Destroyer May 17 @ 1:17pm 
i would like to see this game
dudeburst8 May 4 @ 7:29pm 
I first learned of this game about 3 years ago (before I even knew about Steam) and had completely forgotten about it until just tonight when I purchased a more recent game from the same developer. Phantasmaburbia is a fantastic game. Three years ago when I played the demo I had an utterly fantastic time as I enjoyed a light but unique story and some etremely entertaining gameplay. I tried to spread the word around youtube for about a month, but the demo had been the only thing out then. I genuinely enjoyed this game and think it absolutely deserves a spot amongst Steam's Indie games section, it's certainly been waiting long enough.