Tales of Phantasia®

Format: Game Boy® Advance SP, Game Boy® Micro
Launch Date: March 6, 2006
ESRB: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Fantasy Violence
Game Type: Role-Playing Game
Accessories: Game Boy® Player
Players: 1
Developer: Namco

When young swordsman Cress Albane returns home to find his village torn asunder and his parents killed, he is forced to set out on a quest through time and space to uncover the villains behind the tragedy. This classic role-playing game from the Popular "Tales" series comes to the United States for the first time.

Game Storyline: When young swordsman Cress Albane finds his home village destroyed and his parents killed, Cress sets off on an adventure to find this responsible. In his efforts to uncover those behind this evil deed, Cress soon finds himself on a mission that will take him back and forth through time.

Cress Albane: Cress is the lead character of the game. He is the son of a master swordsman and has been a student of swordplay from a young age.
Chester Barklight: Cress’ neighbor and best friend, Chester specializes in the bow attack. He’s cool and compassionate, but when his parents are killed, he vows revenge.
Mint Adnade: Mint can cast healing and attack support spells. She’s modest and gentle, but when the battle starts, she never backs down.
Supporting Characters: Master Tristan, Morrison, Dhaos, the Black-Armored Man.

How to progress through the game: Tales of Phantasia is a role-playing game in which players are able to explore freely on a "world map," encountering random monster battles as they journey from location to location. Players can attack their enemies in real time, striking their opponents by using commands on the D-pad in a similar fashion to a fighting game.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: The game uses the unique "Linear Motion Battle System," which allows players to attack enemies in real time, giving the game more of an action feel than the standard role-playing game has. In addition, the game features a Monster Dictionary, where players can collect and record the information about creatures they come across. Finally, with the unique Cooking System, players must earn new recipes and find specific ingredients that allow their characters to restore hit and magic points.