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An adventure game in the style of Myst (static rendered backgrounds that switch as you take each 'step'), Riddle of the Sphinx places you in the role of a close friend of Sir Gil Blythe Geoffreys, an archaeologist who as recently uncovered some remarkable finds about the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. His discoveries have doomed him with a curse, however, and its your duty to right the wrongs he has uncovered. Taking place in the near future (after the Egyptian Antiquities Organization apparently closed off the sites to the public), you will uncover secrets that have been buried for ten millennia.

Rendered in 3D, the game tries to reasonably copy the sites and monuments surrounding the Sphinx and the Pyramids of the Giza Plateau, allowing you to explore the area without ever leaving your chair, much less sweat out the heat of the desert. Gameplay consists of moving the cursor around, taking note of the highlights that can be selected, which include walking in directions and picking up or using items. Occasionally, you'll be treated a Quicktime VR panoramic scene that will allow you to freely turn and look around, but the majority of the game is static views that allow you to take 'steps' of varying sizes in different directions. The game tends to emphasize exploration of ancient Egyptian structures and their passageways, both real and fabricated.


Riddle of the Sphinx: An Egyptian Adventure Windows One of the many highly detailed chambers and passageways. The design team went to some effort to make the real parts look authentic and based their fictious passageways based on the real ones.
Riddle of the Sphinx: An Egyptian Adventure Windows One of the many puzzles in this game. Most aren't too difficult, but should provide some challenge for those who don't play often, who will probably constitute the majority of players of this game.
Riddle of the Sphinx: An Egyptian Adventure Windows An example of the extraordinary scenery
Riddle of the Sphinx: An Egyptian Adventure Windows Somehow you must "wake up" this ancient stone harpist so she will play

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Alternate Titles

  • "Загадка Сфинкса: Египетское приключение" -- Russian spelling
  • "ROTS" -- common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Another Egyptian adventure? This one is better than the rest. Windows Jeanne (75358)
I wanted to like this game.... I really did... Windows William Shawn McDonie (1088)
A great puzzle game Windows Jim Newland (53)

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure Macintosh 2000 A 100
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Windows Feb, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
macHOME Macintosh 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine Windows Feb 02, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameZone Windows Dec 27, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Windows Jan 18, 2001 7.4 out of 10 74
GameZebo Windows Apr 08, 2009 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Feb 22, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN Windows Jan 19, 2001 5.3 out of 10 53
All Game Guide Macintosh 2001 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Much of the history the game mentions early on, from Edgar Cayce's predictions to the habit of the Egyptian authorities to close down foreign investigations of structures just when those involved feel they are near a breakthrough are historically accurate. (The latter is most probably done for preservation of the ancient buildings, rather than any attempt to hide some deep, dark secret.)

Those interested with much of what the game entails may want to further investigate the works of such New Age 'pyramidologists'. It should be noted, however, that such is based on very limited evidence and much speculation and is therefore frowned upon by conventional investigators.


Although they couldn't be entered into MobyGames' database as such, there are some additional credits in the manual:

Created by: God

Special Thanks to Jesus Christ

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