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Ankh (Windows)

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Description

Ankh is a remake of the 1998 RISC OS point-and-click adventure Ankh: The Tales of Mystery. Assil, a young Egyptian architect's son, steals the key of the great pyramid in Cairo to throw a party, but once inside he accidentally knocks over some ancient urns. Struck by a death curse of a disturbed mummy, he has very little time left. At the same time, however, he receives the magical ankh, and he may be about to meet the woman of his dreams. The pharaoh is the only one who can help you, but you are just a pleb, so you need to travel through the Egyptian locale and find a way to attract his attention.

The game uses a 3D engine with a fixed camera and everything is controlled by the mouse. Upon hovering over items, the appropriate action appears: walking, running, looking, picking up, talking or using. Items are gathered in the inventory at the top of the screen. You can examine them, use them in the environment, or combine to create a new item. At certain moments, you control multiple characters and need to exchange items to solve the puzzles. The tab button brings up a list of all open quests.

Although there is no time dependency, the curse's effects become visible when the magic takes over control of Assil's body, and mystical tattoos appear progressively. The graphics and humour are reminiscent of the LucasArts adventures, and Telltale Games, with many ex-LucasArts employees aboard, took on an advisory role for the project.

Screenshots

Ankh Windows You have to retrieve an artifact from the Arabian embassy.
Ankh Windows Thara won't come along until you get her a new outfit.
Ankh Windows Press Tab while playing to see a list of all quests Assil needs to complete.
Ankh Windows You can leave Caïro by ferry, but you'll need to know a destination.

Alternate Titles

  • "Анк" -- Russian spelling
  • "La malédiction du Roi Scarabée" -- French DS title
  • "Ankh: La Maledizione del Re Scarabeo" -- Italian title
  • "Ankh: Klątwa Mumii" -- Polish title
  • "Ankh: Der Fluch des Skarabäenkönigs" -- German DS title
  • "Ankh: Curse of the Scarab King" -- English DS title

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The Press Says

PC Powerplay Nov, 2005 88 out of 100 88
Gameplay (Benelux) Feb, 2006 78 out of 100 78
GamingExcellence Sep 26, 2006 7.6 out of 10 76
Fragland.net Mar 29, 2006 75.7 out of 100 76
Defunct Games Oct 16, 2006 70 out of 100 70
Imperium Gier Apr 10, 2007 6.8 out of 10 68
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Apr 12, 2006 67 out of 100 67
Eurogamer.net (UK) Feb 06, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Adventure Classic Gaming May 15, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Miasto Gier Jul 19, 2007 5.8 out of 10 58

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Trivia

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2005 – Best German Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • 23. February, 2006 - Best German PC Game in 2005 (Readers' voting)
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2006 - #2 RPG/Adventure in 2005
    • Issue 04/2006 - #3 RPG/Adventure in 2005 (Readers' Vote)

Related Web Sites

  • Ancient Egypt is Good for Laughs (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Ankh which provides an overview of the game and the characters within it as well as more general content, such as system information.)
  • Ankh (An interview with developer DECK13 about the game on Adventure Europe)
  • Ankh (Multi-lingual Official Site)
  • Ankh Walkthrough (MaGtRo's solution (on Gameboomers.com))
  • Hint File for Ankh (Solutions provided gradually in question and answer format designed to help you solve the game's puzzles yourself.)
  • Walkthrough for Ankh (on Acorn Arcade)
Sciere (281319) added Ankh (Windows) on Mar 08, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (32364) and Sciere (281319)