The Mystery of the Mummy
Reviewed by Cherie Jung
Lord Montcalfe, a famous archaeologist specializing in ancient Egyptology, has disappeared from his mansion.
A cousin of Holmes asks for his assistance to discover what happened to Montcalfe. Holmes arrives at the mansion
and discovers it resembles a museum, stuffed full of Egyptian artifacts and protected by some kind of Egyptian magic.
Or is it magic?
Despite what the online description for this game claims, Holmes is on his own in this one. There is no Watson; at least
none that I could find...
I loathe this game!!!
And let me tell you why.
The list price for this game is $9.99. I chose it for free after purchasing a requisite number of other games. There is no trial version to play.
- The graphics are blurry, dark, and murky. It does not add to the ambience, it just makes everything nearly impossible to
see. (I spent much time, unsuccessfully, trying to adjust the monitor resolution to improve the display. Very frustrating, indeed!)
- The visual and movement aspects are nauseating. Ceiling, wall, floor, door, ceiling, window, wall, floor, again. There seems to be
little actual control allowed to the cursor so the slightest movement sends the scene spinning.
- The game crashes repeatedly. (Hint: Save! Save! Save! Trust me. If you don't save your game every time you acquire an item or
accomplish some task, you will soon regret it. I can practically do some of the puzzles with my eyes closed; not because they are
particularly easy just that I have been forced to do them over and over again — the game would crash just as I completed the puzzle
but before I had a chance to save the game.)
- Movement is severely restricted. You can only move in the general direction the pointing hand (formerly the cursor) indicates. It feels
very clunky. Sometimes you end up going from wall to wall to wall just in order to get to the other side of a table.
- The strategy guide is poorly written. Clearly, English is not the first language of the writer of the guide. For example, "Spain vine" actually
refers to Spanish wine. The descriptions of what to do are at times awkward and quite confusing.
- Access to the inventory items is awkward. Inventory items are deposited in a brief case. Occasionally the brief case
(with the inventory items) appears in the upper left portion of the screen for easier access but mostly the player has to fish around
with the cursor in the lower left of the screen while the scene spins in the background.
I bought the $6.99 strategy guide at a discounted $5.99 but it is so poorly designed (it not only doesn't explain game steps
very well, it doesn't keep track of where the player has previously referenced) that it is practically useless and nearly as
frustrating as the game itself. Perhaps this would not be such a big negative if it weren't combined with the other annoying
aspects of the game; the spinning affects, the murkiness of the resolution, and the frequent game crashing incidents.
In the numerous hours I have spent trying to play this game, there has been no joy, no fun, and nothing interesting has happened. Frankly,
I don't care what happened to Lord Montcalfe or why. I'm on level 4 of 5. I usually tough it out to the very end, as I did with
Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Persian Carpet, but I doubt I will ever finish this game. It just crashed again.
Game System Requirements:
OS: Windows 2000/XP/VISTA/7/8
CPU: 600MHz or faster Processor
RAM: 128 MB
Game Manager System Requirements:
Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or later
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