Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy Review


It can be a dangerous situation when developers start mixing different gaming styles together. Usually itís best just to stick with a pure action game and donít mess around with the adventure part. Or if youíre creating a first-person shooter should you really throw in some puzzles? Itís like having too many cooks in the kitchen. Well, ours friends over at THQ decided to add one part creative puzzle style game with a one part action/platformer game, stir it gently, and cook until lightly toasted. The result of this concoction is called Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy. Is it a tasty treat or should you be worried about food poisoning with this bad boy? The answer is found straight ahead...

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This is Sphinx.

All right, Iíll just come out and say this at the beginning just to get the suspense over. Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy (SCM) is a great game. There, I said it and Iím proud of it. As the name rightly implies, SCM takes place among pyramids, sand, and that general vibe that one gets when you hear anything relating to Egyptian times. I suppose if you have a strange aversion to sand then this might not be the game for you, but for everyone else this is a sleeper type of game that many may unfortunately never get to see. But thatís where your trusted game reviewer comes in to save the day and to point you toward this little gem.

In SCM you play two heroes that are equally important to the outcome of the game but who have extremely different ways of playing. One is Sphinx who is your typical young hero. Heís cocky, head strong, and has a tail. Well, maybe the tail part isnít so typical. Sphinx is the action hero of the game. He uses swords and blowpipes to fend off the bad guys. On the other side you have the Mummy, who used to be Prince Tutankhamen until an unfortunate accident with a bed sheet. Hmmm, actually now that I think about it it was really an evil trap led by his brother that transformed Prince Tut into a mummy and a Cursed one at that! Nevertheless Mummy and Sphinx soon hook up in a dungeon and our heroes start their quest to stop the evil dark Set from doing generally bad things.

During the game you switch between Sphinx and Mummy as they go on different paths on their journey. While playing as Sphinx you are more of a tough guy and usually use your sword to solve problems. Sphinx starts the game without much going for him weapon-wise, but as you get further along you will get some more interesting and powerful weapons/upgrades. Some of these items will allow you to gain access to previously sealed places. There are some puzzles that Sphinx has to solve in order to get to certain areas. Overall the difficulties of the puzzles throughout the game are on the more challenging side. Parts of the game are hard but once the solution is found it doesnít seem like a cheap solution so I would say that while being on the harder side itís very fair.