Despite being simply a puzzle game, Phantom Mansion does have some story behind it, even if it isn't much. The Red Death is a curse, the mansion in which Phantom Mansion: Spectrum of Souls takes place was not always cursed, but then the Red Death came. A thousand lost souls are trapped in the mansion because of the Red Death. The only way to lift the curse and free the souls is to collect all of the souls and destroy each of the masks from the different coloured chambers in the fire in the Black Sanctum. For more information on the Red Death, see inscriptions and shrines and masks.