Super Solvers: Challenge of the Ancient Empires!

aka: Ancient Empires, Challenge of the Ancient Empires! A Super Solvers Adventure
Moby ID: 1963
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As a Super Solver, your job is to recover the hidden treasures of the ancient world in 4 caverns (Greece & Rome, Egypt, India & China and Near East) to reach the fifth and final cavern where the ultimate challenge awaits you.

Challenge of the Ancient Empires is a platform game, divided into 5 levels (called "caverns"), each of which includes 4 sub-levels ("chambers"). In each chamber you have to collect 6 pieces of an ancient artifact and assemble them like a jigsaw puzzle.

The chambers are full of dangerous animals which you have to avoid. There's some food you can collect to regain lost health though. The chambers are also full of puzzles, usually involving manipulation of switches.

You have 3 tools with you - a helmet with a headlight, jumping shoes and shields. The helmet emits a beam of light when activated; it is used to solve puzzles that rely on rotating prisms to direct a light beam to a switch. The jumping shoes allow you to, well, jump higher. The shield protects you from enemies for a short time when activated, but you have a limited number of shields and they need to be used wisely.

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Average score: 60% (based on 1 ratings)


Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 17 ratings with 1 reviews)

Fun game

The Good
It's an original game that's fun for all ages. I first played it in elementary school when it was on the DOS computer that we had in the classroom. Instead of going outside at recess, we all stayed inside to play some of the Super Solvers games and the most popular one amongst us was Challenge of the Ancient Empires.

It really is a great game that's full of adventure. Your goal is to find all the artifact pieces in each level and overcome the many obstacles along the way, things like reflecting triangles that you shoot at in a certain direction, conveyor belts, sliding panels, and an assortment of enemies. There are several regions; Greece & Rome, Near East, India & China and Egypt. Each has a unique style.

The game is cute, the visual style is appropriate, the difficulty feels just right.

The Bad
Nothing really. It occupied many, many recesses for me and my friends so what's not to like? I even play it today via DosBox and it still has that old-time charm and feel to it.

The Bottom Line
I would describe it as something you should definitely play, a unique game that combines adventure and puzzle and is suitable for kids and adults alike.

DOS · by ~NeonFire~ (2) · 2009


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Game added by Accatone.

Additional contributors: formercontrib, Krzysztof.

Game added July 15, 2000. Last modified September 29, 2023.