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ZOOM The Mystery of the Mummy
$19.95 (Win98/Me/2000/XP) (Mini Retail) (MYSMUMMYPR)
$9.95 (Win98/Me/2000/XP) (Paper Jewel Case) (MYSMUMMYPJ)

Publisher: Frogwares / DreamCatcher

Ratings:

B- from Just Adventure

from Four Fat Chicks

Elementary..... I Think Not!

Inspired by the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle .

Become Sherlock Holmes as you embark on a remarkable adventure. Investigate a mysterious case, full of suspense, of the disappearance of a famous archaeologist and a valuable Egyptian Mummy, in turn-of-the-century England. What begins as a simple case quickly becomes a web of intrigue, robbery, priceless artifacts, and potentially, a murder. Prepare yourself for a great adventure. Elementary... I think not.

Your skills as an investigative sleuth will be tested as you attempt to uncover the truth behind the mystery, exploring the many rooms of a large Victorian mansion, solving the many puzzles and riddles that you will encounter. Uncertain leads, an illusive saboteur, the disappearance of an ancient mummy, a strange murder, the plot thickens.

Features:

An involving storyline in true Sherlock Holmes style.

A wonderfully appointed, atmospheric and graphically detailed mansion

Numerous interesting objects to search for, collect and use during gameplay

Exceptional puzzles of differing complexity

Interesting characters to interact with.

Requirements:

Windows 98/Me/2000/XP: PentiumII 350 MHz or Equivalent Processor 64MB RAM 16MB DirectX Compatible Video Card DirectX Compatible Sound Card

Before starting play you should apply the patch available at:

http://www.adventurecompanygames.com/tac/support/pc/patches/patches.php

Reviews:

Just Adventure by Robert Freese

"This is a very challenging game! It’s the traditional pixel hunt with a morphing cursor. The game allows for large, medium, and small installations. I played the “large” and my CD hardly spun at all. The graphics are average, cut scenes quite good, and the music and SFX are excellent. The Mystery of The Mummy has no NPCs at all. The only conversation you’ll hear is Sherlock talking to himself and talk during the cut scenes. So if you’re a dialog junkie, this game may not be your cup of tea. However, if you enjoy the challenge of puzzles (ranging from easy to extraordinarily difficult), this is your game! Should I use the dreaded “S word”? Okay – there are two slider puzzles in the game (gulp). One is fairly easy, the other, ahem, challenging. The game is played in first-person mode and is very linear. Frogwares has done a great job of presenting plot relevant puzzles. I enjoy puzzles – I enjoyed the game. Towards the end of the game you’ll encounter the “mother of all puzzles”."

"The game interface is a snap – a satchel for your inventory and a “notebook” for saves, loads, etc. One problematic area for me, however, was that there are slots for only six saves. There are some timed sequences in the game and you’ll definitely want to save, but you shouldn’t do it too often since you may not be able to “get back” to where you want without starting a new game. Other than the “save” issue, I found this to be a very professionally produced and enjoyable game. If you enjoy puzzles, this game is for you..."

Four Fat Chicks by Skinny Minnie

"As the dozens of puzzles and escalating story cohesively and collectively progress, the lines between right and wrong begin to blur. However, one thing becomes certain: Sherlock is not alone in the mansion. I am a people person. I like character interaction in games. However, every stinking time I started to get lonely in Mummy, some dastardly character came along and made me live to regret it. On a side note, you can save your game anywhere, in any of the six save game slots. Consider yourself warned."


"Graphics can be blurry at times, although they are colorful and richly detailed nonetheless. Although not a game of cutting-edge visuals, it is apparent by the level of detail and amount of accessories in any given scene that much care went into the creation of every backdrop, and character models themselves look quite good."

"However, the story is stronger than in most first-person puzzle games and has brief cutscenes showing Sherlock at various stages during the game, both of which help to hold interest. This game also ran flawlessly under Windows XP, with very quick load times and smooth scene transitions."



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