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The Mystery of the Mummy (Windows)

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 1.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.1
Overall MobyScore (19 votes) 2.1


The Press Says

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Adventurespiele
Das Spiel hat eine sehr schöne Grafik und auch der Sound ist gut.
80
RPGDOT
In all the game is enjoyable, if sometimes difficult. This is the perfect game for players that enjoy puzzle-solving games as in Myst or enjoy Sherlock Holmes games like Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: Case of the Rose Tattoo.
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Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
Despite being plunged once again into the dizzying swirl of an interface-whipping adventure game, I enjoyed my sometimes-perilous trip through Lord Montcalfe's mansion. Although the puzzles are organic to the storyline and not too farfetched for the most part, they are on the easy side for a seasoned adventurer. It is only the ending puzzles that present a greater challenge. However, the story is stronger than in most first-person puzzle games and has brief cutscenes showing Sherlock at various stages during the game, both of which help to hold interest. This game also ran flawlessly under Windows XP, with very quick load times and smooth scene transitions.
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Adventure Lantern
Overall, The Mystery of the Mummy delivers an average adventure game. There are plenty of puzzles to keep adventure gamers occupied. The manor is definitely tightly packed with a good variety of puzzles. It is fun to explore the building and solve the mystery in the role of a famous detective. However, The Mystery of the Mummy suffers from clumsily placed items and time limits. The experience often fails to be immersive. You might be all too aware of the fact that you are playing a game and just solving one puzzle after another. With some fine tuning, The Mystery of the Mummy could have been an excellent game. As it stands, it will not be the most prized game in your collection. However, if you do happen to spot a copy in the bargain bin and if you are looking for an adventure game to keep you busy for a quite a few hours, The Mystery of the Mummy might still be worth a try.
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Quandary
Frogwares is a small independent team so the game does have some slightly rough edges such as some translation problems and awkward phrasing in the English version and a cursor that occasionally fails to respond, but what it lacks in refinement it makes up for in its enthusiasm for its subject. It's a good length game with lots to do and think about and the puzzles are generally satisfying and befitting Holmes' powers of deduction.
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Adventurearchiv
No game, which I would recommend to beginners or players, who do not want to remain persistent also after many deaths in the same place. Likewise nothing for players, who love the talk and interact with many characters. For experienced adventure gamers however, who may bear the isolation of the ego perspective and hard puzzles with time limit, a recommendable challenge.
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Just Adventure
The game interface is a snap – a satchel for your inventory and a “notebook” for saves, loads, etc. One problematic area for me, however, was that there are slots for only six saves. There are some timed sequences in the game and you’ll definitely want to save, but you shouldn’t do it too often since you may not be able to “get back” to where you want without starting a new game. Other than the “save” issue, I found this to be a very professionally produced and enjoyable game. If you enjoy puzzles, this game is for you, and given the relatively low MSRP, there’s a lot of bang for the buck.
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IGN
Overall, this is yet another disappointing title in a series of disappointing titles. There is nothing memorable in The Mystery of the Mummy. A few of the puzzles were fun to solve, but the story was almost non-existent. I didn't care about any of the characters. A good adventure game not only makes you decipher puzzles, it draws you into the tale and its inhabitants. Unfortunately, this one lacks any real kind of story. In fact, the plot almost seems like an afterthought. I would not recommend this game to anyone unless they really love point and click adventure titles.
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GameZone
The Mystery of the Mummy is not an extremely enjoyable experience, nor does it offer anything new to the adventure genre. However, Sherlock fans will be sure to love it for its original storyline, and the fact that you actually get to solve puzzles as the man himself. It's elementary, my dear Watson.
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JeuxVideoPC.com
L'archétype des détectives est de retour dans une aventure où vos talents d'égyptologue seront à l'honneur... Grâce a-t-elle été rendue au personnage de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ?
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UHS (Universal Hint System)
Good graphics, story, music, and puzzles are hampered by frequent pixel hunting, too many timed sequences, not enough saved game slots, and a poor screen layout.
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Adventure-Treff
"Das Geheimnis der Mumie" ist ein gutes Beispiel dafür, dass auch ein Adventure aus mehr besteht als nur einer Geschichte. Durch die verkorkste Grafik, fehlende Animationen und die zusammenhangslosen Rätsel ist das Spiel nur all jenen zu empfehlen, die sich selbst als begeisterte Sherlock Holmes Liebhaber bezeichnen.
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Adventure Corner
Leider überwiegen die Schwächen bei 'Das Geheimnis der Mumie' recht deutlich. Die etwas magere Story wird einem Sherlock Holmes Fall nicht gerecht. Nur bei der wirklich gelungenen Aufklärung der Geschehnisse im Abspann kommt eine richtig gute Holmes-Atmosphäre auf. Doch das ist leider zu spät. Mittelmäßige Grafik und höhepunktsfreier Sound, sowie die zusammenhangslosen Rätsel tun ihr übriges. Wer First-Person Adventures mag und Lust auf etwa 15 Stunden nette Unterhaltung hat, kann aber dennoch zugreifen.
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GameSpot
The opening menu serves as a good indication of how substandard Mystery of the Mummy's production values are and how stripped-down the entire game seems as a result. The game's blurry graphics, sparse sound, and unimaginative puzzles probably won't impress anyone, though true-blue adventure-game fans will at least appreciate the fact that Mystery of the Mummy is a fairly lengthy game that sells for a budget price of just $20 at retail. Unfortunately, it's also completely linear and offers no real replay value. While it's true that new PC adventure games are getting more and more scarce, it's also true that much better adventure games than this have come along in recent years.
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Adventure Gamers
Inspired by the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Mystery of the Mummy has Holmes investigating the disappearance, and assumed death, of a famed Egyptologist. Elizabeth Montcalfe has asked Holmes to check out the Montcalfe Mansion, a Victorian home that doubles as a museum, for clues to her father’s disappearance. You quickly find yourself exploring the house’s rooms and artifacts, where nothing is as elementary as it seems.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Le bilan est donc plutôt négatif pour ce titre. Si quelques énigmes parviennent à se détacher du lot et à offrir de réels challenges prise de têtes, le reste est d'un ennui total avec même plusieurs énigmes basées sur le jeu de taquin (bonjour l'inspiration). L'ambiance propre à Sherlock Holmes est mal rendue et au lieu de s'appuyer sur une licence trop lourde à porter, Frogwares aurait mieux fait de créer son propre détective, le titre aurait à coup sûr gagné en crédibilité. En somme, Le Mystère de la Momie est une licence mal exploitée. Les précédentes incursions de Sherlock Holmes sur PC étaient bien plus convaincantes...
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GameStar (Germany)
Der Titel verheißt subtile Ermittlungsarbeit in Form von Zeugenbefragung und Indizienanalyse gemäß den Romanen von Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Fehlanzeige: Stattdessen klicken Sie sich in 08/15-Manier durch 35 vorgerenderte Räume in der mysteriösen Villa des Verschwundenen. Dabei suchen Sie mit dem Mauszeiger im Hintergrundbild-Pixelbrei nach brauchbaren Gegenständen und Rätseln. Zu den genretypischen, aber einfallslosen Knobeleien gehören Schiebepuzzles, Kombinations- Aufgaben und die »Wo benutze ich welches Objekt?«-Rätsel. Einzig das Dekodieren von Anagrammen und Geheimtexten fordert Adventure- Fans. Mangels spannender Story und echter Herausforderungen legen selbst überzeugte Hobby-Detektive diesen Fall schnell zu den Akten.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Far from being a cranium-stretching taut and suspenseful Sherlock Holmes mystery, this release falls flat in almost every dimension of its design and execution. With poor decisions throughout such as injecting too much time pressure, making clues extremely hard to spot, forcing linear gameplay, minimizing character interaction, and restricting the action to a single locale, The Mystery of the Mummy is a real lost opportunity. Combining a decided lack of polish in the graphics, interface, and sound, this title is a tremendous disappointment. Drudgery rather than exhilaration characterizes my reaction to the gameplay experience. Although this offering is bargain priced, I would thus hesitate to recommend it to all but the most avid adventure-mystery fans out there.
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PC Games (Germany)
Als Schnüffler-Legende Sherlock Holmes werden Sie von Ihrer Cousine gebeten, einen Mordfall zu untersuchen. Prompt stehen Sie in der Empfangshalle eines abgelegenen Herrenhauses und beginnen mit den Ermittlungsarbeiten. Dazu klicken Sie sich durch zahlreiche verschwommene Räume, die Sie in allen Himmelsrichtungen nach Gegenständen abgrasen.