• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. All in all, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is a truly fun little romp. While not as long as some games, it's worth the price of admission just to see the Mummy dancing with electricity or flattened like a piece of paper!
  2. It’s well-crafted, challenging in all of the right ways and just a heck of a lot of fun to play with a cool blend of Egyptian mythology and Manga-like fantasy.
  3. This game is, simply put, brilliant. The music is intoxicating, the locales magical and the overall vibe decidedly dreamy. [Dec 2003, p.77]
  4. 91
    Expect some of the coolest levels out there, a slew of amazing characters, and something lacking from many games today: a sense of humor.
  5. A dynamic, immersive game that may be too complex in the puzzle department for some. For others, if you pay attention to your environment, and don’t let little setbacks slow you down, but keep plugging away, you will find a rhythm and pacing to this game.
  6. A fantastic game that offers dual play modes, challenging puzzles, a progressive character development system, and balanced gameplay that is great for gamers of all skills and ages.
  7. 85
    A fairly well balanced title that, like "Zelda," serves up a semi-non-linear experience complete with huge worlds to explore, difficult and satisfying puzzles, entertaining weapon and item advancements, and more, and it's all very much on the same epic scale as Nintendo's franchise.
  8. An intelligent, humorous, creative, and generally satisfying game that fans of intelligent, humorous, creative, and satisfying videogames should definitely check out.
  9. Strikes a great balance between its fantasy and Egyptian-history-based elements to create a world that is rich with character, color, and originality, and its unique method of puzzle-solving makes it an easy recommendation to any fan of the genre.
  10. 81
    The only real gripe there can be used against Sphinx is the sound, more so the lack of voice acting but you soon get over that after awhile and agonize more about the puzzles involved in the game. With Sphinx begins a new platformer legend that hopefully we will see a lot more of in future.
  11. Don't judge Sphinx before Tutankhamen is transformed into a mummy, however, as the game simply doesn't catch fire until then. [Holiday 2003, p.28]
  12. Solidly designed, solidly programmed, very pretty, and about as close to "Zelda" as PS2 and Xbox will ever get. This one deserves to be a sleeper hit. [Dec 2003, p.100]
  13. Acceptable character animation and slightly angular backgrounds, decent combat and imaginative puzzles make for a warm gaming experience that's heavily undermined by a total lack of voice acting.
  14. Good (but not great) visuals, excellent (but not ground-breaking) gameplay and decent (but voice-over deprived) sound/music effects make Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy a winner for THQ.
  15. There are frustrating points (like the long save point distance) but it creates the desire to know what will happen next if you keep going.
  16. For players fed up with over-simplistic puzzles or seemingly unnecessary backtracking to find out-of-place items to put into even more out-of-place statues then you are in for a delightful treat.
  17. A thoroughly humorous and entertaining game with a few rough edges. Camera problems and a lack of voiceover acting are the only real flaws.
  18. 80
    Two words for Eurocom and THQ, though, concerning the next installment in the franchise: more Tutankhamen.
  19. When you spend some time with this game, you'll find that it slowly pulls you in, as it manages to turn what appears to be its weaknesses into pure positives. [Nov. 2003, p.148]
  20. 75
    A schizophrenic but enjoyable combination of gameplay styles, and it's worth slogging through the solid Sphinx segments to savor the Mummy magic.
  21. Getting the Mummy burnt, shocked, and sliced makes for both fun and funny gameplay. Watching Sphinx do double-jumps and sword strokes, on the other hand, fills me with "eh." [Dec 2003, p.204]
  22. A great debut and one that should be applauded by gamers that want some variety and imagination put back into their platforming.
  23. 70
    Sticky controls sometimes mar play, and a temperamental camera makes for difficult combat. Sphinx showboats lush, densely populated environments, good texturing, and fantastic character animations.
  24. Basically, we have a four-star Cursed Mummy game held back by a three-star Sphinx game, bringing the overall game average to three-and-a-half. [Dec 2003, p.172]
  25. Works for young players looking for an easier version of games such as "Prince of Persia."
  26. While Sphinx's adventures are rather average and play very similarly to "Starfox Adventures" and the Zelda games, the Mummy levels are a different matter - stealth and laughs abound in equal measures and there are some extremely clever puzzles that fully exploit the Mummy's undead status. [Mar 2004, p.119]
  27. Attempts to be a platform game heavy on the puzzles, but it's really just a boring platform game. It's too bad it's a video game and not a slide show, because playing the game is almost painfully boring at times despite the graphics.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. JorgeD.
    Jan 17, 2008
    Brilliant action adventure with clever puzzles mixed in. Sphinx provides the action, and the mummy provides the puzzle solving. Absolutely one of the best games I've played. Bring on a sequel already!! Full Review »
  2. matrix1004
    Dec 13, 2007
    Fun at parts. Using the mummy is cool. Ended up taking a liittle bit too long for me, especially with all the directionless back tracking. Don't bother wasting time catching all the animals/creatures for the museum (or whatever it is), because you don't get anything for completing it all. The lack of voice overs really hurts the characters and the game over all. Decent game for how cheap you can get it nowadys ($5). Full Review »
  3. MikeM.
    Jun 3, 2007
    A very nice surprise! Anyone who likes these types of games owe it to themselves to pick this one up. It can get frustrating on occasion, and there is one game-stopping bug in particular (be sure to keep two incremental saves!), but well worth your time. I admit to having a weak spot for Egyptian-themed games, but still...this one's really good! Full Review »