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Egypt II: The Heliopolis Prophecy

aka: Egipt: Przepowiednia Heliopolis, Egipto II: A Profecia de Heliópolis, Egipto II: La Profecía de Heliópolis, Egypt II: Die Prophezeiung von Heliopolis, Egypt II: La profezia di Heliopolis, Egypte II: De voorspelling van Heliopolis, Egypte II: La prophétie d'Héliopolis
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Although named Egypt 2 there are only a few similarities between the first game, Egypt 1156 B.C. and this point and click adventure. This game actually takes place earlier in time than its predecessor. Offering historical background and facts about Ancient Egypt, it has been categorized as edutainment as well as an adventure game.

The game takes place in the city of Heliopolis, the City of the Sun, which was the center of learning and one of the most important capitals of Egypt in 1350 B.C. Your character is Tifet, a young priestess and a student of medicine, who sets out to find the cure for the horrific epidemic which is spreading rapidly throughout the city population. It becomes very personal when her adoptive father contracts the disease. As the story unfolds, Tifet uncovers a diabolical plot of deception and treachery.

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  • Egypt II: הנבואה של הליופוליס - Hebrew spelling
  • Египет 2 - Russian spelling

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Association and Executive Production
  • CRYO
Producers
Direction
Project Management
Conception, Scenario and Dialogue
Scientific Direction
Assisted By
Production Management
Head of the Historical Adventures Studio
Coproduction
  • Réunion des musées nationaux
Multimedia Programs Manager
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Average score: 60% (based on 16 ratings)

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Average score: 2.2 out of 5 (based on 11 ratings with 1 reviews)

Historically accurate but empty piece of edutainment

The Good
Egypt 2: The Heliopolis Prophecy is part of Cryo's 'Historical Adventures' series, and was developed under the scientific direction of Isabelle Franco, Professor at Kheops Institute and Ecole du Louvre, and Jean-Claude Golvin, Director of Research at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research). The cities with their architectural details, the clothes and everyday objects are reconstructed based on the best archaeological evidence available. No wonder that the game offers a nice walking tour around the ancient city of Heliopolis, depicting a working-class part of the city, a temple and a governor's mansion as they could very well have been during the reign of Amenophis (Amenhotep) III (14th-century BCE). Hypertext documentation inside the game contains brief but entertaining and well-written information on Egyptian society, religion and other related subjects, including a section on the position of women in ancient times. Lastly, the main character -- a priestess of Sakhmet called Tifet -- is almost on par with the strong female protagonists that ruled the adventure games at the turn of the millennium, such as The Longest Journey and Syberia series.

The Bad
Unfortunately, the game looks good only for as long as nothing moves on the screen. The animations are unnatural, especially the people who move around as if they lacked some indispensable muscles on their hips. It is a blessing that Tifet herself is seen in cutscenes only, and that rest of the time a first-person perspective is used. In this mode the camera can be moved up and around without arbitrary limitations, enabling the player to turn the point of view in every direction. Movement is, however, limited to pre-set steps along the alleys and courtyards of the city. Interaction with the environment is fairly minimal. The biggest problem is the story development. Although the premise of unknown disease is interesting and Tifet a great lead, the tale comes off as if painted with too broad brushes: all the tricks of storytelling are in place but the execution is at the level of a sketch. It is hard to establish characters if they are going to say less than a dozen sentences in all, and most of these are variants of 'you-have-to-go-and-fetch-me-something'. The rich Egyptian life that the hypertext documentation speaks of is simply not present in the story.

As an adventure game, Egypt 2 contains some irritating design decisions. We are on a mission to save the city and we need some help. Can you help me? Yes, if you get me a thing from the other side of the game world. (The sound of a hundred mouse-clicks.) I need a thing to get the help of someone else. Can you give me the thing? Yes, if you fetch me some other thing from far away. (The sound of a hundred mouse-clicks.) Finally, I have fetched some other thing to obtain a thing to gain some help in my urgent mission to save the whole of Heliopolis. Reach the next person and repeat -- not particularly difficult but dull and time-consuming. To be fair, there are some good puzzles thrown in occasionally, even a minigame where Tifet has to play drums, a clever move that requires just a little bit of rhythm to establish the correct pattern of play.

The Bottom Line
Egypt 2: The Heliopolis Prophecy exhibits Egyptian architecture in urban setting in 3D, and contains interesting information on life in ancient Egypt. The story designed to motivate the walking amidst the streets of Egypt is uninspired, however, and the gameplay is, for the most time, extremely bland.

Windows · by Bullyt (528) · 2011

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Trivia

Historical accuracy

The game was created to be true to a historical background. There are little known ruins in Heliopolis, near Cairo, but the architecture was based on the geographical environment and contemporary structures in other regions.

The same goes for the scenario. All characters are fictive, but their duties, activities and weaknesses are based on information from authentic documents. Even at that time, there was such as thing as misappropriation of funds.

The sickness in the game is not based on historical grounds and the cure, gingko was only to be found in China at that time. It's unlikely that there were economical connections at that time, which could have introduced the cure, but there might have been some at the borders, closest to the two regions.

The game was developed in close cooperation with Isabelle Franco (doctor in the Egyptology, professor at the Cheops institute and the Ecole du Louvre) and Jean-Claude Golvin (doctor in the archeology and director of research at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

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Game added by Jeanne.

Macintosh added by Sciere.

Additional contributors: JRK, lobo rojo, Sciere, Ghost Pirate, Wizo, Crawly, Klaster_1, Patrick Bregger, rubinho146.

Game added November 7th, 2001. Last modified August 5th, 2023.