Having to load the cannons one after the other is amazingly laborious, and there's no real 'action' otherwise. That, coupled with the long disk accesses, means it isn't long before the game gets incredibly tiresome.
Us adventurers are positively crying out for a good role-playing game. But whilst Phalsberg is superficially complex and offers a large number of well-thought-out features, it completely fails to implement them satisfactorily.
Four minutes of guiding Alice down a very badly drawn horizontally scrolling path, avoiding inept flying creatures until you reach the end... The machine turns itself off - which thankfully saves us the bother.