Set in an ancient Egyptian inspired environment Sphinx
and his sidekick Mummy embark on an epic quest exploring new
worlds, uncovering dark secrets, interacting with hundreds
of fantastic creatures and discovering new abilities. Travelling
the world via magic portals to foil the evil plans of a mysterious
foe, players must travel on a journey that will require all
their wits and agility to ensure good triumphs over evil...
and the Cursed Mummy is a fine looking game which is based
loosely on ancient Egyptian mythology (Tutankhamun, Nefertiti
and Imhotep are just some of the characters borrowed from
this time period).
start the game as Sphinx and must climb the surrounding terrain
in order to track down a mystical sword. But it's not going
to be a piece of cake. There are fire breathing plants and
lava flows to negotiate and you must also decide whether it
is wise to risk jumping into a monster's mouth on the promise
of it helping you?
you've completed the first level with Sphinx, you get to play
as young Tutankhamun. In this level you must wander around
your family's palace collecting items for your aunt. Both
the first and second levels are designed to let you get used
to both characters and their special moves. While Sphinx is
great at jumping around and scuttling up ropes, Tutankhamun
can crawl and sneak into areas that Sphinx can't.
are tons of neat little touches that make playing this game
feel like taking part in a Disney/Warner Bros. hybrid cartoon.
The best comical touches are when you play as the mummified
Tutankhamun - getting catapulted across the room, being set
on fire or electrocuted. While these don't sound funny, Tutankhamun
behaves amusingly. For example, while on fire he blows on
himself and waves his hands around trying to put out the flames.
puzzles are simple enough, and the gaming areas are never
too large that you have problems remembering where to go when
you need to revisit an area. There are also areas that are
worth investigating more fully. The museum in Abydos is worth
wandering around. There are creatures there which you will
meet in later levels and it's wise to find out a little about
them before you encounter them for real.
are also many mini games included which allow you to earn
more money as well as gain new skills. Compete in an assault
course where the walls move towards as you dive through open
doorways and windows to reach the end; play a game of follow
my leader with different coloured lights; or play pairs with
the one element that lets this game down is the lack of any
voices. When characters talk you simply get subtitles - which
detracts a lot from the game. Some of the characters, like
Tutankhamun's older brother are screaming out for sinister
voices and without them the characters are not as believable.
The game developers would have got away with it if it weren't
for the fact that there are some fairly lengthy video sequences
which seem a little strange without voices.
mumble aside, Spinx and the Cursed Mummy is a beautifully
crafted, well polished game with a great sense of humour.
This is certainly one game that will keep you entertained
for some time.
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