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Developer(s) G Artist
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Composer(s) Kow Otani
Platform(s) PlayStation, PlayStation Network
Release date(s) PlayStation
PlayStation Network
  • JP April 26, 2007
Genre(s) 2-D/3-D Shooter
Mode(s) Single-player
This article is about the video game. For the spiny lobster larva, see Phyllosoma.

Philosoma (フィロソマ?) is a video game for the Sony PlayStation, released in 1995 and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America.


A recently colonized alien planet named Planet 220 reports a devastating attack by an unknown force and requires assistance. Alpha and Bravo teams are called in, but after enemy contact is made, the team fails to respond. The player assumes the roles of D3, a rookie pilot, as well as his commander and Charlie squadron Wing Man Nicolard Michau. Each are piloting the latest space fighter ships, the F/A-37 Strega, in an attempt to neutralize the unknown threat. However, a horrible secret hidden in the battle awaits them.


Philosoma plays like many scrolling shooters with the noticeable difference of its multiple perspectives. The camera switches several times during various levels from a vertical/top-down perspective to a rail shooter perspective (which is often reversed), to a horizontal scrolling perspective and an isometric scrolling perspective. The player ships have four weapons that can be upgraded thrice as well as side-arms consisting of homing missiles and rockets.


On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the PlayStation version of the game a 27 out of 40.[3] Philosoma was awarded Best Shooter of 1995 by Electronic Gaming Monthly.[4]


In 2001 a sequel was released for the PlayStation 2 called Phase Paradox.[5] However, it was only a sequel in terms of it being a continuation of the storyline from Philosoma; the game was in the survival horror genre.


  1. ^ a b Philosoma at GameFAQs
  2. ^ Philosoma at
  3. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: PHILOSOMA. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.346. Pg.34. 4 August 1995.
  4. ^ "Electronic Gaming Monthly's Buyer's Guide". 1996. 
  5. ^ GameSpot staff (April 19, 2001). "Phase Paradox Hands-On". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 10, 2012.