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Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh November 3, 2008

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Games –Adventure & Mystery

Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh

Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh (Interplay) is a typical, if skillfully done, suspense CD-ROM that benefits enormously from the participation of Malcolm McDowell. The scenario involves you – a corporate city boy tending towards softness after some years out of the field – flying to Egypt to investigate your company’s mine, which has reported finding a mysterious “ancient” artifact. As soon as you step off the plane, the adventures begin. The man in charge of the project (played by McDowell) is territorial and resents your presence. Your ex-flame Lorrie, with whom you have unresolved issues, is working at the mine. The local Egyptians are talking about a curse and fleeing the project. And, of course, somebody gets murdered by a reincarnated mummy. The graphics are nicely done, the music is spooky, and the characters are one step above those in a Michael Crichton novel. It is Mr. McDowell, however, who provides a spark every time he walks on screen; his personality transforms the material into something more than a by-the-book adventure serial. The plot makes a few twists early on, and the mindset you’ll need to adopt to make steady headway – not a terribly honorable one – keeps things entertaining. Without Mr. McDowell, the disc would be the same as a slew of other fairly well-done discs; with him, it rises above the crowd. It is worth noting, however, that Mummy crashed on two of the three computers we tried to run it on.

– December 1996



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