Games and characters inspired by real-world history and myths are nothing new. The influence of these age-old myths is everywhere, from the Norse mythology of Valheim to the multitude of games set in the ancient feudal era of Japan. Few civilizations, however, have left a mark on history quite like that of ancient Egypt.
The region in and around Egypt stands out as one of the oldest surviving civilizations in the world. Their culture is credited with the invention of writing, mathematics, astrology and, of course, some of the most famous and impressive architectures of the ancient world.
For gamers looking for games celebrating Egyptian history and mythology, the choice is vast. Whether you’re looking to fight Egyptian armies, walk through ancient tombs, battle gods and goddesses, or even take out deities on dates, some games are going to scratch you. They might even teach you something new along the way.
ten Ankh: The Curse of the Scarab King
Inspired by the point-and-click legend of Monkey Island, Ankh sees you as Assil, the son of Cairo’s best-known and respected architect. Ankh, however, is best known for his lavish parties, with one of them accidentally seeing him breaking an urn and disturbing a mummy. Naturally, the wicked mummy punishes Assil with a deadly 24-hour curse.
Seeking to get rid of the curse, the player must travel with Assil through the ancient streets of Cairo while exploring the lavish city and the puzzling pyramids. It’s full of humor and fun with moan-worthy Egyptian jokes and over 80 puzzles to test your wits.
9 Strange Brigade
A fantastic game to play with up to 4 friends, Strange Brigade takes you on a heart-wrenching 1930s journey through exotic Egyptian lands. Players encounter spooky enemies, ancient traps, and (hopefully) collect tantalizing treasures.
Your mission is to resist the formidable power of Seteki, the witch queen who awoke from her unnamed grave after 4000 years. Fortunately, your daring group of heroes have arrived just in time to stop them with their “strange squad” of mummified monstrosities.
8 Kamigami No Asobi
If you are looking for something slightly different, so look no further than Visual Novel and Dating Sim Kamigami No Asobi. Instead of fighting or discovering the secrets of the Egyptian gods, you go out with them.
In Kamigami No Asobi, you play the high school girl Yui Kusanagi who finds herself in front of the Greek god Zeus. He wants her to become an instructor in his new “Academy of the Gods”. Yui has a year to educate and reform the young deities lest she be trapped in the kingdom of Zeus forever. Featuring well-known Greek and Norse faces, players also find the Egyptian deities Anubis, the god of lost souls, and Thoth, the god of writing and wisdom.
7 Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
A cult favorite of the PS2, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is a 3D platform game. Players take on the role of both Sphinx and his reluctant friend The Mummy as they journey through the world through magical portals. The goal? To thwart the evil plans of Set, the god of chaos.
While playing as Sphinx, you can take on mythical Egyptian monsters with an array of special powers, including the use of scarabs. His ally, the mummy, is used when combat is not an option. He can use his stealth and other unconventional talents to solve puzzles and sabotage enemy front lines.
6 Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
The sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, The Temple of Osiris is Lara’s very first four-player co-op experience. Located in the ancient deserts of Egypt, Lara must join forces with her rival Carter Bell and the Egyptian gods Horus and Isis in order to once again defeat Set, the god of chaos. It sounds familiar …
Players must work together to explore the temples of ancient Egypt and do what badass Lara does best. By solving puzzles, avoiding deadly traps and defeating hordes of enemies straight out of the Egyptian underworld.
5 Age of Mythology: Extended Edition
The classic real-time strategy game that takes players back in time to an era of heroes and monsters. The gods were also completely free to intervene in the combat of mortals.
Age of Mythology is the cult favorite building game that sees myth become legend as you build armies and call on the gods for divine help. From gods as small as Bast and Sekhmet to as great as Isis, Set and Ra are all present. Prepare to put the powers of the Egyptian god to the test by playing pharaohs and priests and even become the son of Osiris to lead your people to victory.
4 Egyptian Senet
A slightly different addition to the roster, Egyptian Senet is considered to be the oldest game in existence. A two-player board game invented by the Egyptians around 3,500 to 5,000 years ago for the enjoyment of royalty and the peasantry.
Available to play on Steam, it is believed to be a representation and metaphor of the afterlife. With the pawn moving across the board representing the soul as it travels through the layers of hell after death, and the last square being Horus, who would guide the Egyptians into the afterlife and leave them achieve rebirth.
3 Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
The fourth game in the original Playstation franchise saw adventurer and archaeologist Lara Crost walk through the temples and tombs of ancient Egypt in order to imprison Set, the God of Chaos whom she accidentally freed.
In this fourth installment, we follow Lara as she explores a variety of places. She visits the temple of Sekhmet in Karnak, the great pyramid of Giza, an archaeological excavation in the palaces of Cleopatra in Alexandria and even the capital of Cairo. Fans may even remember that this was the game that saw Lara’s presumed death after locking up Seth after the developers felt the character was getting stale. Fortunately, she was brought back to life and is consoling herself quite quickly.
2 Sid Meier’s Civilization V
Civilization V is a turn-based strategy game in which you work to establish and rule a civilization from the dawn of man to space travel. To do this, you will have to incite war, organize diplomatic meetings, discover new technologies and take on some of the greatest leaders in history with the aim of building the most powerful empire in the world.
Ramses is considered one of the best leaders in the title to play with the Egyptians using various historically accurate components such as burial graves and war chariots. So get ready to lead your Egyptian people to victory. After all, they have become the oldest surviving civilization for good reason.
1 Origins of Assassin’s Creed
With the many countries and eras that Assassin’s Creed has chosen to immortalize over the years, it’s no wonder that ancient Egypt has become one of the best.
Leading protagonist Bayek through the bustling villages and markets of Cairo, sailing the Nile and uncovering the mysteries of the pyramids and forgotten myths in this open world adventure is an extraordinary experience for gamers and fans of Egyptology. Assassin’s Creed Origins has given players such a realistic view of ancient Egypt, in fact, that Egyptologists have even used it to teach Egyptian history. Go Ubisoft.
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