Powerslave (PlayStation)

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In this First person shooter, you're an armed forces specialist sent to investigate strange happenings at the ancient Egyptian city of Karnak. Soon you learn that alien invaders with a penchant for mummifying humans alive have taken over the place. You have to fight your way through increasingly difficult levels with an unbelievable cast in order to finish it.


Powerslave PlayStation A camel?
Powerslave PlayStation Not much, but better than a knife.
Powerslave PlayStation Level selection
Powerslave PlayStation Stupid bugs

Alternate Titles

  • "Seireki 1999: Pharaoh no Fukkatsu" -- Japanese title
  • "Ruins: Return of the Gods" -- Working title
  • "Exhumed" -- European title

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User Reviews

One of the PS1's best games Luke Kavanagh (4) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Feb, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun Mar, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Quebec Gamers Jan 27, 2014 8.7 out of 10 87
GamesCollection Jun 09, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Play Magazine 1997 84 out of 100 84
NowGamer Oct 01, 1996 8.4 out of 10 84
Official UK PlayStation Magazine 1997 8 out of 10 80
Edge Apr, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Game Players Jun, 1997 7.7 out of 10 77
High Score Apr, 1997 3 out of 5 60


Topic # Posts Last Post
PC version cheat codes & command line options 4 MrFlibble (4567)
Aug 29, 2012
PC vs. PlayStation/Saturn 2 Alaka (36575)
Jan 31, 2010
release date 2 formercontrib (159630)
Jan 17, 2010


While the DOS version of Powerslave uses the Build engine as noted below, the PlayStation and Saturn releases use Lobotomy's Slavedriver engine, which allows for unrestricted 3D architecture and real-time lighting similar to Quake. This is why in the Saturn and PS versions of the game you can see sloped surfaces and light coronas that aren't in the DOS version.

Related Web Sites

  • Powerslave (official game page at Playmates Interactive Entertainment's website, archived from 1997 by the Wayback Machine)
  • SegaSaturn.co.uk Interview (Interview with one of the designers and the lead programmer for the Sega Saturn version, Ezra Dreisbach.)
  • Wikipedia: Powerslave (Information about Powerslave at Wikipedia)
Satoshi Kunsai (1810) added Powerslave (PlayStation) on Jun 04, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Andrew Hartnett (2196) and Satoshi Kunsai (1810)