Excerpt: Ankh: Battle of the Gods is the third game in the Ankh series starring Assil set in ancient Egypt (or at least somewhere slightly influenced by ancient Egypt). This time, you must navigate Assil safely through a number of comic scenes in order to defeat the villain Set (or Seth as the game has it) of the Egyptian pantheon. The sequel is developed by Deck13 Interactive, the same German developer of previous games of the series.
Conclusion: Of course, we’re rather fortunate to have the opportunity to play the game at all. For a long time, Ankh 3 was one of a growing number of games that seemed uncertain ever to get a localized English release. Even now, it’s available only through digital download at The Adventure Shop, so while the Battle of the Gods may be decided in this game, the war against publisher indifference hasn’t yet been won.
Excerpt: From the ancient Egypt comes the tale of Assil, the son of an architect of the Pharaoh. Assil has brought upon himself a death curse when he accidentally disturbs the tomb of a mummy while throwing a party inside a pyramid. His dad does not believe him and thinks that his rebellious son is just making up the story as an excuse to stay up all night. So, the young Assil must now go on a quest to save himself by reversing the curse.
Excerpt: Today children, I shall perform a simple three into one trick. So, I shall take the 90's PC games Monkey Island and Grim Fandango, plus Disney's Aladdin movie and place them into this magic hat. Shake it around a bit, blow into it thrice times, and produce this very rare breed of video game... That game is Ankh and it's the very opposite to what the majority of modern games have come to aspire to. Instant gratification, it seems, is an absolute necessity for many.
Excerpt: In a lot of ways, Ankh feels like a lost game from LucasArts. This adventure from Deck 13 Interactive was clearly made to follow in the fine tradition of old-school LucasArts games like The Secret of Monkey Island and Sam & Max Hit the Road, which is to say that it's a lighthearted, kid-friendly romp that provides more than a few laughs while leaving your brain cells relatively untaxed. Clearly, the Sphinx has changed a little bit over the centuries.
Pros: Good sense of humor combined with a fast-moving plot, Cheerful, cartoony graphics accompanied by a bouncy musical score, Great dialogue and voice-acting
Cons: Puzzles can all be solved by picking up and combining objects, A little buggy
Excerpt: Ankh: Heart of Osiris, developed by Deck13 Interactive and published by XIDER Games, is the sequel to Ankh, a game more or less in the zany cartoon tradition of LucasArts' classic adventure games such as The Secret of Monkey Island or Sam and Max Hit the Road. Ankh: Heart of Osiris continues the story from the first game, taking the player back to Ancient Egypt to match wits with the evil Osiris, God of the Underworld.
Conclusion: If you've yet to play either, both Ankh and Heart of Osiris can best be described as satisfying but rarely inspired. Identical almost to a fault, the new game once again offers up a solid experience for the 8-10 hours or so you'll spend playing, likely meeting reasonable expectations but never really exceeding them.
Excerpt: You may have noticed, but I'm a bit of a nostalgia freak. I like a lot of older things (cough, cough, Civ II), and harken back to the glory days of yesteryear. Sometimes I long for the days of irreverent comical adventure games, games where setting up the horrible pun is almost as important as furthering the story. Thank God they still make games like Ankh. Ankh tells the tale of Assil, son of the Pharaoh's chief architect.
Excerpt: Everything is fine and dandy when it's yet to end. The story of Assil continues and confirms the fact that the action unfolding still had / has many things to show. First of all, what it meant to him to be cast away from the...