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aka: Ankh: Curse of the Scarab King, Ankh: Der Fluch des Skarabäenkönigs, Ankh: Klątwa Mumii, Ankh: La Maledizione del Re Scarabeo, Ankh: La malédiction du Roi Scarabée, Ankh: Malý Faraon, Ankh: il cuore di Osiride
Moby ID: 21580
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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.


  • Анк - Russian spelling

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  • 4Players
    • 2005 – Best German Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
      1. 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)


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  • 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
    Multi-lingual Official Site
  • Ankh
    An interview with developer DECK13 about the game on Adventure Europe
  • 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

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Game added by Sciere.

Nintendo DS added by Charly2.0.

Additional contributors: Jeanne, adrian_biz, COBRA-COBRETTI, Zeppin, Cantillon, Evgenii Andzhe, Patrick Bregger, Charly2.0, st2wok, Đarks!đy ✔.

Game added March 9, 2006. Last modified July 12, 2024.