Switch version tested
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For a game about ancient Egypt and mythology, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is pretty much all you need. Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy was originally released on Xbox, PlayStation 2 and on GameCube back in 2004. Developed by Eurocom and published by THQ, it went relativity unnoticed. Now it’s back thanks to the efforts of THQ Nordic.
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is an action adventure game set in ancient Egypt and has you control Sphinx and a Mummy to save Egypt from the evil Set. Set wants to plunge the world into darkness. As a fan of ancient Egypt, I knew I had to play this. The sections when you control Sphinx, which are mostly a mix of combat, exploration and platforming are very different from the sections you control the Mummy. The Mummy sections are more puzzle solving and stealth. Both sections complement each other very well to offer a diverse game. I liked the Sphinx sections a lot. Exploring ancient Egypt was a blast and it was definitely worth my time. The platforming and puzzle solving was fun and smart. Each scenario offering unique challenges and fun to be had. There’s certainly something to be said about its world. It’s a very unique game because of the setting. The locations are varied and none feel repetitive. It’s a game that shines in the creativity department. You can feel the mash of different ideas from that age. If you’re a fan of old 3D platformers or 3D action-adventure games, you’re in for a treat. If you aren’t, then still try it. It’s a fun game that’s sure to keep you entertained and never overstays its welcome.
I have to admit that the game has shown its age. The gameplay definitely feels aged. There’s nothing wrong with that because you can feel the nostalgia from the platformers of that age. But if you don’t feel that nostalgia then it ends up feeling like it’s past its age. The camera is also very clunky and some of the movements feel off. It makes it frustrating when there are precise jumps required. The checkpoints are also unforgiving and require for you to restart long stretches if you die. All of these don’t impact gameplay in a big way but it would’ve been nice to address these. Visually the updated graphics look good. Whether in portable or handheld mode, the game runs smoothly and manages to look good. THQ Nordic really went all out in making sure this game feels right at home on Switch.
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is a great game from the Xbox / PlayStation 2 / GameCube era. While there’s still issues dating from the original release, there’s a fun and original game to be found here. Using Egyptian Mythology in a game works and makes it a blast to play. It may feel dated but Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy feels right in its place on the ever-growing library of the Switch. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a solid 3D action platformer!
Beard Score: 8/10
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