Tales of Phantasia Game Boy Advance


Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. 75
    Battles are random and difficult, control is less than perfect, but the story and depth of the characters are amazing.
  2. Despite its dated gameplay style and way-too-numerous battles, Tales of Phantasia is an enjoyable role-playing game fans of the genre will certainly enjoy.
  3. 75
    Worth a look for anyone who simply craves a quality RPG for the GBA.
  4. In the end Tales Of Phantasia does provide some entertaining classic RPG action, and takes some of the best features from other Tales titles to create a well rounded RPG experience.
  5. AceGamez
    It provides an experience that is simultaneously old school and fresh feeling, making it an easy recommendation for fans of the genre.
  6. Play Magazine
    Ten minutes into Tales of Phantasia, you know pretty much what you are getting into: a pleasantly involving, perfectly traditional role-playing game that sticks to all the old-school conventions that recall the glory days of hand-drawn adventures. [Mar 2006, p.50]
  7. Nintendo Power
    Not an immediate attention grabber, Tales of Phantasia takes time to sink in. But once you're under its spell, you'll be in it for the long haul. [Apr 2006, p.84]
  8. Pelit (Finland)
    A nice-enough fantasy-RPG with decent semi-real time battles. The story is quite good, but certain technical aspects are somewhat outdated. [May 2006]
  9. A solid RPG with the refreshing active battle system the series is famous for. If you are a fan of the genre, this one is tough to pass up.
  10. 80
    I'm confident enough to say that any RPG fan is going to love Tales of Phantasia - it's a really just a damn good game.
  11. While many of the game's components have become stereotypes over the years, here they are carefully constructed and fit together perfectly, creating something larger than the sum of its parts.
  12. Tales shows that smart, solid elements add up to that elusive experience untarnished by time that defines a classic.
  13. The game is unique, intelligent, attractive, and altogether well-designed. Above all, though, the game is fun.
  14. The battle system plays like something entirely new, and provides for an actually engaging handheld RPG.
  15. 77
    Excellent game, subpar port.
  16. It's a great game, and this time it's portable. The graphical change makes it fresh for people who played the original version and other changes makes it more similar to the newer "Tales of..." games as well, so everyone who likes RPGs should like this.
  17. While Tales of Phantasia features both good graphics and sound, and a relatively fun combat system, it might not be a game for everyone. Even though I personally really enjoyed my experience with it, Tales might be a little more difficult for newer RPG fans to get into, considering it's based on an older game.
  18. It's true that Tales of Phantasia isn't the huge RPG that it was back in the SNES era, or even the shadow of newer RPGs from last generation, but it is still a warm, heart-filling experience that anyone who can overcome hours of tough, continuous battling will enjoy.
  19. NGC Magazine UK
    It's terribly unforgiving; the early battles - and there are plenty of random encounters as you wander around the game world - can be tough as nails, and the enjoyment of simply exploring is often spoilt by yet another scuffle with Bugbears or Giant Bees. [May 2006, p.33]

Awards & Rankings

#5 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Anda
    Oct 4, 2006
    The best game ever played I don't know y the ppl think it has bad controls this game is only for pros man.
  2. Stoo
    Aug 18, 2007
    Even after playing Tales of Symphonia first, I found that this game more than stood up. Enjoyable for almost every one of the 50-odd hours it Even after playing Tales of Symphonia first, I found that this game more than stood up. Enjoyable for almost every one of the 50-odd hours it took me to finish it properly. Full Review »
  3. ......
    May 13, 2007
    Okay, first of all, ToP is a GREAT game. It's a challenge and fun for RPG gamers. The storyline's good too, so nobody can insult that!