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In this First person shooter, you're an armed forces specialist sent to investigate strange happenings at the ancient Egyptian city of Karnak. Soon you learn that alien invaders with a penchant for mummifying humans alive have taken over the place. You have to fight your way through increasingly difficult levels with an unbelievable cast in order to finish it.


Powerslave PlayStation Main menu
Powerslave PlayStation New-game intro
Powerslave PlayStation Level selection
Powerslave PlayStation The Pharaoh wishes to have a word with you.

Promo Images

Powerslave Render
Powerslave Other
Powerslave Render
Powerslave Other

Alternate Titles

  • "西暦1999 ファラオの復活" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Seireki 1999: Pharaoh no Fukkatsu" -- Japanese title
  • "Ruins: Return of the Gods" -- Working title
  • "Exhumed" -- European title
  • "Death Tank" -- Included game in the Sega Saturn version

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User Reviews

One of the PS1's best games Luke Kavanagh (4) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) May, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Absolute Playstation Apr, 1997 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Mar, 1997 88 out of 100 88
GamesCollection Jun 09, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games Mar, 1997 85 out of 100 85
NowGamer Oct 01, 1996 8.4 out of 10 84
Edge Apr, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Official UK PlayStation Magazine 1997 8 out of 10 80
Game Players Jun, 1997 7.7 out of 10 77
High Score Apr, 1997 3 out of 5 60


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PC vs. PlayStation/Saturn 2 Alaka (92558)
Jan 31, 2010
release date 2 formercontrib (158000)
Jan 17, 2010


Game engine

This game used an early version of the Build engine developed by 3D Realms and made popular by Duke Nukem 3D. Even though the registered version of Powerslave was released long after Duke 3D, it used an earlier version of the engine, making it technologically inferior. While the DOS version of Powerslave uses the Build engine, the PlayStation and Saturn releases use Lobotomy's Slavedriver engine, which allows for unrestricted 3D architecture and real-time lighting similar to Quake. This is why in the Saturn and PS versions of the game you can see sloped surfaces and light coronas that aren't in the DOS version.

German index

On January 30, 1999, Exhumed (Powerslave) was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS.

Note: Indexed products by the BPjS/BPjM are illegal to sell or make available to minors in Germany and it is illegal to advertise for it in any form. But there is absolutely no law forbidding any adult to buy such a product. The only exception is when a game was in addition also confiscated (or put on the so-called "List B" for BPjM games), but this is rather seldom the case.

In this particularly case here, Exhumed was just indexed, but not confiscated.

However, due to the fact that advertisement also means the presence of a product on the shelves of a store, the product will disappear from the public. But it can be bought in supporting stores "under the desk" (per request).

BPjS/BPjM = German Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Schriften/Medien = Federal Examination Office for Youth-Endangering Publications/Media.


The game manual does not have any installation instructions whatsoever.

Working title

Powerslave was originally set to be released under the 3D Realms label using the working title of Ruins: Return of the Gods. Screenshots of those early days were included in Apogee's Mystic Towers slideshow (circa July 1994).

Information also contributed by Kalirion, Maw, Medicine Man, Satoshi Kunsai, and Xoleras

Related Web Sites

  • Powerslave (official game page at Playmates Interactive Entertainment's website, archived from 1997 by the Wayback Machine)
  • SegaSaturn.co.uk Interview (Interview with one of the designers and the lead programmer for the Sega Saturn version, Ezra Dreisbach.)
  • Wikipedia: Powerslave (Information about Powerslave at Wikipedia)
Satoshi Kunsai (2074) added Powerslave (PlayStation) on Jun 04, 2001
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