Return of the Phantom
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Return of the Phantom is a point-and-click graphic adventure game developed and published by MicroProse in 1993. It was produced by Matt Gruson and designed/written by future James Bond novelist Raymond Benson.
The game was the second graphical adventure game developed by MicroProse, following Rex Nebular and preceding Dragonsphere. It was developed using the MicroProse Adventure Development system, and made use of 256-colour graphics.
The Palais Garnier is in the midst of the world premiere of Don Juan Triumphant when the enormous chandelier adorning the domed ceiling of the auditorium plunges into the middle of the stalls and kills several members of the audience. The player takes the role of Raoul Montand, a detective from the Sûreté and patron of the Opera. The manager, Monsieur Brie, suspects the Phantom may be the cause and has Raoul investigate. Raoul encounters the leading actress of the show, Christine Florent, who has received a note from the Phantom which threatens her. Some time later, Christine is found strangled by the Phantom. Raoul goes to the catwalk where the Phantom appears and pushes him off the edge. Then, he awakens to find himself transported back in time to the year 1881 where he is mistaken for the Viscount Raoul de Chagny.
During a production, Erik captures Christine Daae. After a great deal of work and exploring, Raoul enters the Phantom's lair and rescues Christine, but the Phantom appears once more and re-captures Christine. Raoul climbs to the chandelier and does battle with the Phantom, eventually causing the chandelier to fall and kill both men. Raoul awakens back in his own time, where none of the events related to the Phantom seem to have taken place, but before the credits begin the Phantom's shadow is seen behind him.
- Raoul Montand: The player character; an investigator of the French Secret Police: The Sûreté.
- Christine Florent: The present opera star; somehow connected with Christine Daae.
- Christine Daae: A simple-minded girl from Sweden; the woman whom the Phantom loves.
- Monsieur Brie: The present opera manager.
- Monsieur Richard: Opera manager of the past.
- Madame Giry: The Phantom's box-keeper; knows that Raoul is from the future.
- Jacques: A man who knows a great deal about the Phantom; is eventually killed.
- Julie Giry: A descendant of Madame Giry who also knows about the Phantom.
- Charles: Present day stage master.
- Edgar Degas: An artist interested in painting pictures of ballerinas; somehow knows that Raoul is from the future.
- Erik, the Phantom of the Opera: The main antagonist throughout the entire game.
In general, the game received mostly positive reviews, although there was negative feedback about the length of the game, the labyrinth leading to the Phantom's lair was too complicated, and the plot was too drawn out.
Erik's deformity was very similar to the book with several changes. Likenesses to the book includes: lack of a nose, skin with a yellowish tone, almost no hair, and sunken in eyes. Differences from the book include: a red membrane over his right eye, and small spines protruding from the right side of his face.