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Egypt 1156 B.C. – Tomb of the Pharaoh
Egypt
French edition cover art of Egypt
Developer(s)Cryo Interactive Entertainment
Publisher(s)
Platform(s)
ReleaseWindows
PlayStation
Genre(s)Adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

Egypt 1156 B.C. – Tomb of the Pharaoh (French: Égypte 1156 av. J.-C. – L'Énigme de la Tombe Royale) is a 1997 adventure video game co-published by Cryo Interactive Entertainment, Canal+ Multimedia and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux for the Microsoft Windows and PlayStation (PAL region only). It was later released in North America by DreamCatcher Interactive.

Egypt was a commercial hit, with sales of 550,000 units in Europe alone by December 2000.

Gameplay[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

Ramosé, a young Theban, is on a mission to exonerate his father, who has been accused of pillaging the tomb of Seti I. In the vault at dawn, he unveils a stone showing a map of the tomb and a monkey, hinting to Hori, a former draughtsman. Ramosé then sets off to the village of Deir el-Medina where he finds Hori lying dead in his cellar, along with clues alluding to a carpenter bound for the embalmers' workshop, where he discovers a wider plot the next day. He skillfully manages to pass for one of the conspirators and is led to a tomb where a burial is being held. Ramosé descends to the funerary chamber. He is immured but manages to escape via a tunnel which leads him to the site of a tomb in construction of another noble, Panéhesy, where a mourner awaits him. She leads him to the villa of the noble, who has organized a large festivity. Passing for one of the guests, he finds a map of the Festival Hall of Thutmose III in Karnak. At the temple, Ramosé finds parts of the pillage and documents alleging Ptahnéfer, a close relative of the pharaoh. His father is exonerated.

Development[edit]

Serious Games and Edutainment Applications suggests that the 1997 video game Versailles 1685, a pioneer in the "cultural entertainment" genre that merged entertainment with cultural education, paved the way for games such as Egypt.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PC Zone70/100[2]
UHS Hints1 star out of 5[3]
FeibelExcellent[4]
Just AdventureC+[5]
Tap Repeatedly1 star out of 5[6]
Adventure Gamers2 stars out of 5[7]
Console News80%[8]
Macledge4 stars out of 5[9]
JeuxVideo.com13/20[10]
Joypad [fr] (Playstation)5/10[11]
Joystick [fr]63%[12]
The Av VaultMixed [13]
Quandary2.5/5[14]
North Orange County Computer ClubPositive[15]

Egypt was a commercial success. French newspaper Les Échos reported its sales at 250,000 units by November 1998, and noted that it was among 1997's 10 best-selling computer games.[16] According to Cryo Interactive, it sold above 500,000 copies by November 2000.[17] Marketing manager Mattieu Saint-Dennis explained in December that Egypt's sales totaled 550,000 units in Europe alone, of which France accounted for 200,000 units.[18] By February 2004, Egypt and its sequel, Egypt II, had achieved combined global sales above 700,000 units.[19]

Legacy[edit]

The game was followed by two sequels, Egypt II: The Heliopolis Prophecy and Egypt III.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ma, Minhua; Oikonomou, Andreas; Jain, Lakhmi C. (2011-12-10). Serious Games and Edutainment Applications. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9781447121602. Archived from the original on 2017-12-24.
  2. ^ Rose, Paul (September 1998). "Egypt 1156BC". PC Zone (67): 109.
  3. ^ "UHS: Egypt 1156 B.C.: Tomb of the Pharoah Review". 21 June 2000. Archived from the original on 21 June 2000.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Datenbank - Das Grab des Pharao". 17 November 2010. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Review: Egypt 1156 BC". 12 January 2011. Archived from the original on 12 January 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Four Fat Chicks -- Egypt 1156 B.C.: Tomb of the Pharaoh Review". www.tap-repeatedly.com. Archived from the original on 2017-09-15.
  7. ^ "Egypt 1156 B.C.: Tomb of the Pharaoh review - AdventureGamers.com". 16 July 2016. Archived from the original on 16 July 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Fredo_L. "Le site des anciennes revues informatiques - www.abandonware-magazines.org". download.abandonware.org. Archived from the original on 2017-09-15.
  9. ^ "(Mac) Review". 3 May 1999. Archived from the original on 3 May 1999.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ "Test du jeu Egypte 1156 Av Jc sur PS1 - jeuxvideo.com". 10 March 2017. Archived from the original on 10 March 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. ^ Fredo_L. "Le site des anciennes revues informatiques - www.abandonware-magazines.org". download.abandonware.org.
  12. ^ Fredo_L. "Le site des anciennes revues informatiques - www.abandonware-magazines.org". download.abandonware.org. Archived from the original on 2017-09-15.
  13. ^ "Egypt 1156 BC: Tomb of the Pharaoh PC review - The Adrenaline Vault". 30 June 2011. Archived from the original on 30 June 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  14. ^ "Egypt: 1156 BC Review by Quandary". 22 June 2008. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  15. ^ "Egypt: 1156 BC – Tomb of the Pharaoh". 1 November 2001. Archived from the original on 1 November 2001.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  16. ^ Feraud, Jean Christophe (November 27, 1998). "Cryo entre en Bourse pour devenir un grand du jeu interactif". Les Échos. Archived from the original on July 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Egypt 2 - Die Prophezeiung Heliopolis" (Press release). Cryo Interactive. November 17, 2000. Archived from the original on April 5, 2001. Retrieved August 4, 2019. Grab des Pharaos 2, ist der zweite Teil des Bestsellers Grab des Pharaos der sich insgesamt über 500.000 mal verkauft hat.
  18. ^ Silva, Beatriz Vieira da (October 2001). "Interviews". Culturtainment - a New Interactive Entertainment Genre (PDF) (MSc). Faculty of Social and Human Sciences. pp. A 20–A 27. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 17, 2018.
  19. ^ Walden, Fabian (February 24, 2004). "Egypt 3 - Erscheint im April". Gameswelt. Archived from the original on May 23, 2015.

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