This game (boxed with Frankenstein: Through the eyes of the monster) is on sale at EB for $10. I thought I couldn't go wrong with a game effectively costing $5, so I got it. Loads of fun.May I share my thoughts with you?
An older game (of 1996 vintage) M:TOTP is a first person, point and click game that takes you to a mining operation in Egypt. You are Michael Cameron, sent by the suits in NYC to figure what's going wrong at the mine.
You run into various FMV characters, none for very long except for the mining operations chief, played by Malcolm McDowell. The other characters are moved offstage by various means, but in the early part of the game, every time you trigger something, he shows up to complain about your snooping around. But he never does anything about it, even after you steal stuff right out of his office.
Well, not to give too much away, the mine is close to a pharaoh's tomb, and in the tomb, is a (you guessed it) crystal that will allow
you to control the world, or get eternal life, or something. And of course the Nazis were onto this, too. So you have to go get it.
Nazis, mummies, powerful crystals. OK, so the plot is a bit hackneyed. I liked the game anyway. I did it without a walkthrough except for one thing that I didn't see when I should have. The puzzles are fairly clued, though they can be tricky at times. It's all inventory based, and walking around, and reading maps. Not much in the way of set pieces like sliders or anything.
(You know, I read complaints about sliders all the time, but I love them. But I've only seen maybe two or three slider puzzles out of the thirty or so games I've played. Where are they all?)
There's a maze or two, but not anything elaborate. Some actions are timed, and you can get killed, and you don't get an automatic restart, so save a lot. But it's nothing you can't handle, trust me.
McDowell's acting is good, (it's an oily character he plays, and he's good at that) and the limited acting by everybody else is ok too. Actually the guy doing the voiceovers of your character isn't so good, but there is one priceless moment when he's reading the heiroglyphics about the legend of the tomb where he mutters "Boy, this is a long story". ROTFL
So, for the price, this is a excellent choice. I liked it a lot. Now on to Exile.
"I could help you if I had my salmon"