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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 Level selection
Powerslave DOS Pressing Alt+C switches to the third person view mode.
Powerslave DOS Shooting an exploding barrel...
Powerslave SEGA Saturn Some amazing dynamic lighting for a Saturn game!

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

Only place where it feels most at home... SEGA Saturn Satoshi Kunsai (1810)
One of the PS1's best games PlayStation Luke Kavanagh (4)
A genuinely dull game DOS Maw (846)
The sega saturn couldn't handle 3D games.. this games proves it. SEGA Saturn Schutzstaffel88 (14)

Critic Reviews

Shin Force SEGA Saturn Feb 02, 1997 9.2 out of 10 92
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
GamesCollection PlayStation Jun 09, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
NowGamer PlayStation Oct 01, 1996 8.4 out of 10 84
Official UK PlayStation Magazine PlayStation 1997 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jul, 1997 71 out of 100 71
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Apr 30, 1997 70 out of 100 70
High Score PlayStation Apr, 1997 3 out of 5 60
Privat Computer PC DOS 1997 48 out of 100 48
PC Player (Germany) DOS Oct, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


Topic # Posts Last Post
PC version cheat codes & command line options 4 MrFlibble (4568)
Aug 29, 2012
PC vs. PlayStation/Saturn 2 Alaka (36614)
Jan 31, 2010
release date 2 formercontrib (159639)
Jan 17, 2010


Powerslave was originally to be released under the 3D Realms label. Its working title during its stint at 3D Realms was "Ruins: Return of the Gods". Screenshots of those early days were included in Apogee's Mystic Towers slideshow (circa July 1994).

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)
Contributed to by Andrew Hartnett (2196) and Satoshi Kunsai (1810)