“Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy” Review (PC) @THQNordic

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy makes its triumphant return in this beautiful HD remaster, courtesy of THQ Nordic. The action-adventure platforming game is rooted deep in the mythology of Ancient Egypt, as players set out on a quest against the evil god Set. This time around, Sphinx looks a lot better, as it has been roughly 13 years since the game made its debut. The gameplay still holds up, and the story is just as awesome as ever. I couldn’t have been more excited to dive back into the world of Sphinx, as the platformer has always stood out as one of the most interesting games from its time.

From the game’s cinematic Egyptian score to its intricate puzzles, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is an enjoyable experience. Players find themselves switching back and forth between two characters — Sphinx, and the Mummy. The game shines with personality, and puzzles are often solved differently when playing as the Sphinx as opposed to the Mummy, as he is immortal. The Mummy often finds himself either reshaping his body to slide through a tight crack, or simply setting his mummy cloth on fire to carry a flame. Puzzles are innovative, and help to break up the action and platforming found in the game.

Playing as the Sphinx and the Mummy breaks the gameplay up over two distinct characters. The Mummy-based segments are usually more stealth oriented, as he cannot defend himself in battle. While playing as the Sphinx, however, players will find themselves wielding the Blade of Osiris as they engage in close combat against their foes. Both play styles work well, and incorporating both into one cohesive game proves to create a varied and overall fun experience.

Sphinx‘s graphics were definitely impressive for it’s time, and the recent overhaul has made everything a little bit smoother. The game’s textures have been carefully restored, but not altered to a point that would jeopardize the authenticity of the original experience. Now running at 60 frames per second with 4K capability, this new PC release is definitely the ideal way to play the game. Sphinx also features both full keyboard and mouse support, along with gamepad compatibility.

Overall Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is worth checking out, for both newcomers to the game and gamers who are willing to take a trip down memory lane. New textures and a graphical overhaul make the experience smooth, and the world of the Sphinx is truly brought to life. I had an amazing time playing through the campaign, and hope that maybe in the future fans could see a continuation or reboot for this license. The game is available now for PC, retailing at $15. For more on Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, along with all your gaming news and entertainment reviews, keep it here on NYCityGuys!

– Adam Sullivan

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