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Egypt 1156 B.C.: Tomb of the Pharaoh (Windows)

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Description

A number of games allow you to search the tombs of ancient Egypt, but few allow you to do so IN ancient Egypt. Taking place (appropriately enough) in 1156 B.C., you play Ramose, a young Egyptian man who hopes to prove himself a worthy investigator for the current rulers of Egypt. Your first assignment is not an easy one, as a Tomb of Sethi I, a pharaoh has been desecrated and looted and your own father has been accused of the crime. You have three days to prove his innocence and stay the sentence of execution.

Gameplay takes place in a first person mode similar to fans of this kind of adventure game. Unlike some games that give you a static, unmoving image to look at, Egypt 1156 B.C. allows you to look around at any location in a smooth turn (similar to QuickTime VR, but with better results). This gives you a 'you are there' feel that many other games lack. All graphics are 3-D rendered and occassionally actions will give you a third person cutscene as a reward. Communication is through a simple branch tree and both talking and puzzle solving involves the manipulation of objects, both in and out of your inventory.

In addition to being a mystery/adventure game, Egypt 1156 B.C. also comes with reference material about ancient Egypt, its people, and its culture. These are available whenever you discover something interesting in the middle of the game or can be accessed via the main menu.

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Egypt 1156 B.C.: Tomb of the Pharaoh Windows Any game that tries to teach you a little bit of a foreign language (especially something like hieroglyphics) is worth some attention in my most humble opinion.
Egypt 1156 B.C.: Tomb of the Pharaoh Windows Interactivity with others is limited, but they are host to quite a bit of knowledge.
Egypt 1156 B.C.: Tomb of the Pharaoh Windows Watch tomb artists at work...
Egypt 1156 B.C.: Tomb of the Pharaoh Windows The ability to pan around at any particular spot gives you a great sense of actually being in the tombs of Egypt. The researched and well done work on hieroglyphics add to this.

Alternate Titles

  • "Egypten: 1156 f.Kr. Faraos Hemlighet" -- Swedish title
  • "Egypte 1156 voor Christus: Het raadsel van de koninklijke tombe" -- Dutch title
  • "Egypte 1156 av. J.-C.: L'énigme de la tombe royale" -- French title
  • "Egypt 1156 a.C.: L'Enigma della Tomba Reale" -- Italian title
  • "Egipto 1156 a.C.: La Tumba del Faraon" -- Spanish title
  • "Das Grab des Pharao" -- German title

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User Reviews

Alot not to like about this game Jeanne (75620) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars

The Press Says

Just Adventure 2000 A 100
Adventurespiele Jun 13, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Jeux Dec, 1997 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Mar, 1998 72 out of 100 72
PC Action Feb 18, 1998 68 out of 100 68
PC Games (Germany) Mar 04, 1998 60 out of 100 60
GameStar (Germany) Mar, 1998 53 out of 100 53
Quandary Oct, 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1998 41 out of 100 41
UHS (Universal Hint System) Jul 07, 2000 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Ray Soderlund (3500) added Egypt 1156 B.C.: Tomb of the Pharaoh (Windows) on Nov 17, 2000
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