Little Monster Private Eye:
The Mummy Mystery
||(Win95/98/Me/XP/Mac) (Retail) (MUMMYMYSDR)
Publisher: Big Tuna New Media /
Ages: 4 and up
A from Just Adventure
from Discovery Schools
It's Little Monster Private Eye to
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.
25 exotic locations to discover and explore
Multiple game paths so you can play again and
Over 10 games and puzzles to test your detective
instincts, including Pharaoh Mugs, the Scarab Shuffle, and the Pharaoh
Eye-catching animation and colorful backgrounds.
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.
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
"I thoroughly enjoyed this game and would highly recommend
it to anyone wanting to introduce a child to the wonderful world of adventure
"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
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