Halloween might have ended a few weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy an underappreciated and near-forgotten action platformer that stars the world’s most unfortunate mummy and his demi-god sidekick. Or does the game star the demi-god and the mummy is his sidekick? Either way, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy has finally made its way to PC via Steam and GOG.
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy was originally developed by Eurocom and published by THQ for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo Gamecube. The game has a somewhat Legend of Zelda vibe, despite its obvious Ancient Egyptian theme and platforming, but Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy combines decent combat and challenging puzzles to create an excellent experience. As the title suggests, players will take control of both Sphinx and the titular Cursed Mummy: Tutunkhamen. Ol’ King Tut might not be able to fight, but since he is a mummy, he is essentially immortal and can alter his body (thanks to various traps) to solve puzzles Voodoo Vince style. The characters provide two different gameplay styles that prevent the game from turning stale.
While Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy doesn’t look as graphically intensive as the other video game that was recently released and takes place in Ancient Egypt, it more than makes up for this handicap with a unique art style, story, and animations that blend together to create an experience that is both serious and cartoonish. The colors are vibrant, and the character designs are memorable — like something out of a Disney-esque animated movie. The only problem with the game’s graphics is that it currently suffers from scaling issues; while the game looks fantastic on modern resolutions, the UI and text are all tiny. However, the PC port’s developers are aware of this issue and will fix it in due time.