Powerslave (SEGA Saturn)

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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 SEGA Saturn Having a little chat with a Pharaoh head.
Powerslave SEGA Saturn World map.
Powerslave SEGA Saturn Title screen.
Powerslave SEGA Saturn Inventory/pause screen.

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... Satoshi Kunsai (1810) unrated
The sega saturn couldn't handle 3D games.. this games proves it. Schutzstaffel88 (14) unrated

Critic Reviews

Shin Force Feb 02, 1997 9.2 out of 10 92
Hobby Consolas Oct, 1996 91 out of 100 91
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Nov 01, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Sep, 1996 88 out of 100 88
Video Games Sep, 1996 86 out of 100 86
Defunct Games Jul 21, 2007 80 out of 100 80
The Video Game Critic Sep 12, 2008 B- 67
GameSpot Dec 01, 1996 5.4 out of 10 54


Topic # Posts Last Post
PC version cheat codes & command line options 4 MrFlibble (4567)
Aug 29, 2012
PC vs. PlayStation/Saturn 2 Alaka (36584)
Jan 31, 2010
release date 2 formercontrib (159634)
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 (SEGA Saturn) on Apr 05, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Andrew Hartnett (2196) and Satoshi Kunsai (1810)