The puzzles were quite
easy - of the seek-and-find category - it was just pure joy to move within the
stunning atmosphere, created by beautiful music and (in my opinion) not to be exceeded
Omni-3D-graphics, to look around und to solve puzzle after puzzle very logical placed in
the construction of the game.
Well, at least two puzzles I wouldn't call
difficult but original and funny: in the first puzzle you have to find the exact (!!!)
rhythm with two drums to get a good looking dancer to dance around and the audience to
clap their hands. In the second puzzle that I want to mention, you have to pour beer from
one of three different tankards into the others, to receive the exact amount of beer at
the end ... well, here you have to ponder and calculate a while.
The animations are like real life movements
in a way I have never seen it before in a graphic game, like the moving shadows of the
columns in the temple during sunrise and sundown, the vivid cloud-around in the sky and
the genuine character movements - especially the movements of the black cat incorporating
the goddess Sachmet - a feast for the eyes to watch again and again. Cryo developed Omni
3D in a splendid way carrying out every tiny detail with so much devotion that you can
nearly say "I think I'm in the movie!".
Of course I have to mention - after
"Odyssee" and "Time Machine" - that the game is throughout
mouse-driven with the exception of the drumming sequence (here you can control the left
drum with any key on the left side of the keyboard and the right drum with any key on the
right side of the keyboard).
Egypt II includes, like all other
historical adventures by Cryo, an encyclopaedia created by experts. You can virtually
browse this encyclopaedia if you are interested in details of culture, religion and every
day life of this epoch of Egyptian history.
Very praiseworthy I find the fact that Cryo
themselves published the game in Germany simultanously with the French and English
The last historical adventure by Cryo -
Aztec - was published by Ravensburger Interactive in spring, 9 months later than the
French version with deficient synchronization and incorrect translation of the
encyclopaedia. This time, by doing it by themselves, Cryo worked it out much better!
I give the game a rating of 70% (good game,
recommendable) - atmosphere and graphics and especially the animations alone would deserve
this rating. Though puzzles were easy to solve they were a lot of fun. My wish would be
such a game with puzzles of some higher degrees and a longer gaming experience with 6
CD's. Alas, would that be grrreeeaaat!
- 80% - 100% excellent game, very recommendable
- 70% - 79% good game, recommandable
- 60% - 69% satisfactory, restricted
- 50% - 59% sufficient (not very
- 40% - 49% rather deficient (not to be
recommended - for Hardcore-Adventure-Freaks and collectors only)
- 0% - 39% worst (don't put your
fingers on it)