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.
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: Behold Assil... Adventures about Egypt usually deal with ancient treasures and the mysteries of the past. German developer Deck 13 decided to create a totally different Egyptian adventure. The story of Ankh starts with the young Egyptian boy Assil stealing his father's keys. His father is the pharaoh's architect, and Assil thinks having a party in an ancient tomb would be awesome. Unfortunately, Assil manages to get cursed by the owner of the tomb, a mummy.
Pros: Gripping story, interesting characters
Cons: A number of illogical puzzles, lasts less than fifteen hours
Excerpt: Ankh is a point-and-click adventure in the style of the Monkey Island games. In it, you control a young Egyptian named Assil. One night, while hanging out with friends in the Tomb of the Scarab King, drinking beer and telling spooky stories, you accidentally wake up and anger a mummy, and the mummy gives you a death curse. Worse, your father figures out what you were up to, and he grounds you.
Conclusion: Like many good games that fall just short of greatness, it's easier to dwell on the negatives than celebrate its positives. But while the criticism is not unwarranted, make no mistake: Ankh is an endearing, enjoyable title that I liked better than more polished, serious games of recent years. In fact, given the scarcity of comic adventures, it's tempting now to overlook its flaws and rate the game higher than it truly deserves.
Conclusion: Ankh is een spel dat heel wat meer aandacht verdient. Het is geen klassieker, maar wel een erg degelijk, grappig en goed gemaakt adventure met uitstekend stemmenwerk, goeie puzzels en genietbare graphics. Vernieuwing hoef je hier niet te zoeken, maar liefhebbers van de klassieke aanpak van het genre zullen hier heel wat uren speelplezier vinden. Kopen dus als je enkele avonden je hersenen op een leuke manier wil oefenen.