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Riddle of the Sphinx: An Egyptian Adventure (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Riddle of the Sphinx: An Egyptian Adventure Windows All options, settings and inventory are accessed from one screen by pressing the Spacebar
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 A strange, but useful, machine
Riddle of the Sphinx: An Egyptian Adventure Windows An example of the extraordinary scenery

Alternate Titles

  • "Загадка Сфинкса: Египетское приключение" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Another Egyptian adventure? This one is better than the rest. Jeanne (75633) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
I wanted to like this game.... I really did... William Shawn McDonie (1152) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars
A great puzzle game Jim Newland (53) unrated

The Press Says

Just Adventure 2000 A 100
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Feb, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
UHS (Universal Hint System) Feb 20, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 18, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Gamers Jan 06, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine Feb 02, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameZone Dec 27, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Jan 18, 2001 7.4 out of 10 74
GameZebo Apr 08, 2009 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
IGN Jan 19, 2001 5.3 out of 10 53

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Trivia

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.

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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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Ray Soderlund (3500) added Riddle of the Sphinx: An Egyptian Adventure (Windows) on Dec 17, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Zeppin (8339)