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Little Monster Private Eye:
The Mummy Mystery

$9.95 (Win95/98/Me/XP/Mac) (Retail) (MUMMYMYSDR)


Publisher: Big Tuna New Media / Infogrames

Ages: 4 and up

Ratings:

A from Just Adventure

from Discovery Schools

It's Little Monster Private Eye to the Rescue!

Join Little Monster Private Eye and his sidekick Detective Kerploppus as they explore ancient Monster Egypt to rescue Professor Pickle. From the tombs of Tootafroota and Pharaoh Phaucett to the Lost City of Harmonrya, it's an adventure-style game filled with humor as dry as the desert. There are games to play, puzzles to solve and great characters to interact with as you search for the legendary magic rings and save the professor.

Game Features:

25 exotic locations to discover and explore

Multiple game paths so you can play again and again.

Over 10 games and puzzles to test your detective instincts, including Pharaoh Mugs, the Scarab Shuffle, and the Pharaoh Slots.

Eye-catching animation and colorful backgrounds.

Requirements:

Win95/98/Me/XP: Pentium 100 MHz (166 MHz recommended), 8 MB RAM (16 MB recommended), 1 MB free hard drive space if you want to save your games, 4x Speed (8x Speed recommended), Super VGA (640x480x256), Sound Blaster 16 or 100% compatible Sound Card.

Macintosh: System 7.1 or higher, 68040 33 MHz or higher, 8 MB installed RAM (5 MB RAM free), 1 MB hard drive space if you wish to save your games, 2x CD-ROM drive or faster, 640x480x256 color display.

Tested OK on Windows XP.

Reviews:

Just Adventure by Valerie Davis

"The Mummy Mystery starring Mercer Mayer's Little Monster Private Eye is a very traditional inventory-based mystery-solving, complete-with-puzzles adventure game for ages 4 years and up..."

"...During your adventure you will travel to exotic parts of Monster Egypt such as the Tomb of Pharaoh Phaucett, the Tomb of Tootafroota, and the Pyramid City Marketplace and interact with many a silly character. These little humorous names were scattered throughout the game as was plenty of dry humor. There were 11 puzzles in the separate locations in Monster Egypt. All of them fun and none frustrating for my 5 and 6 year old sons. To solve some of the puzzles you must buy items with the local form of currency, tiny golden scarabs. These scarabs are plentiful in almost every screen of the game. Professor Pickles journal comes in very hand for clues."

"I thoroughly enjoyed this game and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to introduce a child to the wonderful world of adventure games."

Discovery Schools

"This humorous problem-solving adventure, set in ancient "Monster Egypt", offers children the chance to play detective along with characters from Mercer Mayer's Little Monster book series. Mysteries, mummies, and mini-games make this program ideal for rainy-day fun."

"The setting, ancient Monster Egypt, is a humorous cartoon world where scarabs is the form of currency. Players meet up with characters with funny names, scour the screens for useful items, and stash objects for trading later in the game. At Honest Ahmed's Camel Rental, for example, players will need to give Ahmed ten scarabs (earned elsewhere in the program) to buy a camel. Humorously, Ahmed explains that the compact model of camels has retired early, and the sporty model and Cadillac of camels are far too expensive."

"Note that children refer to Professor Pickle's journal in order to advance in the game, and they will need to read the text on their own. While this is an educational bonus for young readers, it leaves struggling and non-readers out in the cold (or asking for parents' help). The box states that the game is appropriate for children ages 4 and up, but we think 7-10 is a better guess. Some 6-year-olds will be able to manage the game, but they will need help. Our 11-year old tester completed the game in less than two hours."

 


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