Let’s talk about the Mystery Legends: Phantom of the Opera game from Big Fish.
They have quite a few great search-and-find games based either on classic gothic stories or dark tales of their own, but one of their best by far is their Phantom game. You play as Evelina, Raoul and Christine’s daughter who gets trapped in the long-abandoned Opera House where her mother performed. Evelina also happens to look exactly like her mother when she was her age, so it’s no surprise when Evelina learns that it’s the Phantom who’s trapped her there… and she’s not all that sure whether the Phantom is flesh and blood or a true phantom.
All in all, it’s a great game! The graphics are beautiful, and I was geeking out about all of the Leroux-based things. Even minor background things can be linked back to the book! It had great attention to detail, and all of the puzzles, clues, and riddles you have to solve felt very much like something Erik would have come up with.
The Phantom routinely pops up to mess with you, make demands, etc. while you try to find a way out. Evelina also keeps having mysterious, magical flashbacks to when her mother was there, so you get to see Christine perform while Raoul (and, secretly, the Phantom) watches on, as well as the death of Joseph Buquet (which I only have a screenshot of while I hit the volume button at the same time, sorry)—interesting, you also have to do a puzzle that opens a stone sarcophagus, which holds a rose that you need to give to the Phantom… along with the bones of Joseph Buquet. That was really exciting, as a fan, that they even involved Buquet’s corpse. Even in death he can’t get away from the Phantom! (Even more bonus points because MAGIC LASSO.)
The sets were also fantastic; just look at the cathedral in the cellars and Christine’s dressing room, complete with the large mirror! And in the ballroom shot you can see the life-sized marionettes of the Phantom and Christine posed as if waltzing… while the marionette of Raoul is hanging in the background from the chandelier, tied up and gagged. (And yes, that’s an organ grinder and monkey in the bottom left!)
All in all, this game is AMAZING. There a lot of detail that phans can appreciate, and it’s just a fun game. The first few levels are free, after that the rest of the game is pretty cheap, only a couple of dollars. I’m really hoping that there’s a sequel, because the game ends on a strange cliffhanger and let me unsatisfied.
Fun fact: On the middle shelf in the last screencap, you can see a black pipe near the edge. Right next to it, on the right? Yeah. That’s totally the music box from the animated Anastasia movie from the late 90s! What the heck is that doing there?! ( ancientphantom, did you notice that when you played?)
“Most men, they’ll tell you a story straight through. It won’t be complicated, but it won’t be interesting either.” - Big Fish (2003)
“I’ve told you two stories about what happened out on the ocean. Neither explains what caused the sinking of the ship, and no one can prove which story is true and which is not. In both the stories, the ship sinks, my family dies, and I suffer… so which story do you prefer?” - Life of Pi (2012)
“Which way do you think you’d get the most out of my story? By believing in it, or by not believing in it?” - Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 (2013)