Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is a multi-platformer that has no specific time period, instead it weaves its own and still includes some well known figures and happenings.
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
There are 2 main characters in this title which will be played throughout the game, Sphinx, which is a demigod and an apprentice to a wondrous magician by the name of Imhotep. Imhotep warns Sphinx ever growing dark force that is arousing in the dark city of Uruk. While this is happening, a young ever learning Tutankhamen is having a birthday celebration composed by his evil older brother.
Before the party could actually begin Tut finds out that there is a plot against him. Before young Tut could act, he was captured and helplessly transformed for life into a lifeless mummy, that was actually sought out by Sphinx.
Gameplay- Sure, there are platformers that are well crafted for one system, but for one to be good on all the major platforms is a major success. You won?ft be finding many of these because it is hard to do so, and Eurocom passed the test with an A.
Like most games you are started with nothing, no weapons, skills, or sometimes even clothes. The farther you get in Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, the more stuff you will be able to get.The gameplay is mainly composed of having to complete complex puzzles that will have you using both characters for your survival and passing of the level. Sphinx will be the head honcho of the fight, he will be able to fight with his long burly sword, and get extra items that will later in fact guide you through your quest. When you are in the middle of a quest you will be most likely using Tut. Tut is a special feller, since he is dead, he cannot be damaged any further, so you will be able to set him on fire, drive spikes through him, and get him squashed. While inflicting this damage upon Tut, it sometimes will bring a smile, even laughter to a face, which is a good thing.
Graphics- The character models are well built and look like something you actually want to see. When taking certain actions you will go into a FPS like state and you will be able to see the hand gripping the blow dart, and almost feel the way Sphinx hits the ground with his massive sword. How could we of forgot about Tut? He is also good looking when you are taking a liking in either torching, smashing or electrocuting him, it all looks good, with the exception of the any structures.
There are plenty of massive structures to complete the overall look of Sphinx, but they are at a low polygon rate. As huge as they are, the lower the polygon rate, the choppier it look. It will soon to become a blah after a while when going to through each level with these designs.
Sound- For the PS2 version it uses the Surround sound to really get things going, with the clangs of swords, screeches of Tut, howling of the enemies, it all feels like the ancient world of Egypt. I really hate to bring this subject up, but where are the voice overs?? With plenty of other great platformers like Ratchet and Clank and Jak 2, it will almost squash what hope you did have with this game, then you realize , ?gIt?fs just the Sound, other then that, it?fs one of the best?h. I can let this one go, because sometimes it is good to catch up to your reading skills.
Replay- Im sorry to inform you, but Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy has no replay. Of course you could play the game over, and enjoy what you already sought, but really, who wants to do that? This is the part that really holds itself from becoming a true title and rising to the top. With there is nothing else to do, no level settings or unlockables will have you choosing another title rather then play this one over.
Over all Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is a great game, filled with action, strategy, humor, sound ( exception of voices) and graphics. You will have hours of fun watching Tut getting his share of beatings without actually getting hurt! Any person could have fun with one of the best platformers of the year; Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy.