Review: Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy bring back from the dead an old game


Played on: Nintendo Switch
Developed by: Eurocom

Posted By: THQ Nordic

First released in 2003 on the original PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy doesn’t necessarily look like a game from 16 years ago. A decade and a half after its original release, it’s now available on the go on Nintendo Switch in a new HD incarnation. Retaining all of the charm of the original without compromising its enjoyable gameplay makes Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy a pleasure to play.

Set in a fictional version of ancient Egypt, the game follows the story of the Sphinx and his rather reluctant friend, the mummy. The Sphinx is the strong and almost silent type, preferring to get out of a problem. On the other hand, Mum is a curse-stricken Egyptian prince who would rather solve puzzles than do physical labor. They look like old chalk and ripened cheese, but they still work perfectly together.

The formidable duo of brains and muscles end up teaming up to save Ancient Egypt from the wrath of a chaotic god, completing side quests and helping the odd NPC or two or fifty along the way. Sphinx is tasked with retrieving ancient artifacts by the god Anubis as the mummy uses her undead status to her advantage and navigates the trap-ridden Uruk Castle to find more items to aid Sphinx. It’s your typical mid-2000s action-adventure formula, with a hint of historical bromance, and its story doesn’t disappoint.

One of the most notable features of the game is the distribution of the two halves of its gameplay between its protagonists. Sphinx, as a muscle, handles the heavy lifting while Mom sticks entirely to the myriad of puzzles that dot the games. Fortunately, this means that the player is not constantly bombarded with action from all angles, which allows for pauses and breaths to enjoy the game’s narrative. It’s a good mix for the action-action-action genre. usual and it still works 16 years later.

Everything about Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is presented in a beautiful modern-retro style. Instead of completely revamping the style of the game a la Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, the in-game items just got more HD textures. This means it still looks like a retro game from afar, but looks a lot prettier up close. The UI has also undergone an overhaul, taking it from the big, cartoonish buttons and Nintendo 64-esque theme it had before and making it more streamlined.

The playstyle, camera angles, and puzzle solving all have that ‘early 2000s’ feel and at times it’s almost easy to forget you’re playing a game many years later and on. a modern console, especially since it retains the “you’ll probably need a walkthrough” theme that was common in previous video games. This isn’t a complete remake – it’s just a more graphically improved version of the original game, which means the game’s difficulty level and quests remain exactly the same. As such, the game also shares several minor issues with the original, such as lackluster voice acting in multiple cutscenes and tricky controls. He also has one of my video game pet peeves, where the quest menu really only tells you your overall goal and gives you no idea what you’re actually doing at any given time. You may need to keep a walkthrough handy while you play.

The main problem with the game, however, is its high price tag. The game costs $ 29.99 on Nintendo Switch and for a game that is mostly just a graphics upgrade, it feels a bit steep, especially since the HD version of the game is also available on PC, macOS. and Linux for just $ 14.99. While this is a fun game to get lost in on the go, despite the fact that save points tend to be scarce, it is somehow difficult to justify such a high price tag.

In summary, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is a nostalgic slice of the game that has been carefully tweaked to fit the modern age. If you can look past the price, or if you played the original when you were younger, or even if you were a fan of other Eurocom games such as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, then I would you Highly recommend adding it to your game library, whether it’s the Nintendo Switch or the desktop version. Remember to keep in mind that this is not a fancy remake or a complete overhaul – it’s just the same old game with better features, like a mummy in an ornate sarcophagus. jewelry.

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is available now for $ 29.99 on Nintendo Switch or $ 14.99 on Steam.


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