Nile: Passage to Egypt
Review by Orb
Sick of Egypt yet? Not so fast, bucko. From the obscura files
and Discovery Channel Multimedia comes Nile: Passage to Egypt.
Billed by some overblown PR hack as "4,000 Miles of History!
4,000 Hours of Fun!" Nile is a sweet and uncomplicated
edutainment title that has a little exploration, a lot of interesting
learnin'-type stuff, and a few fun puzzles all rolled together.
Discovery are the same folks that brought us Byzantine,
a perennial adventure gamer favorite, and while Nile has
nowhere near the depth, complexity and breadth of that game, it
is a simple yet classy package.
The player boards a small boat, called a felucca, and is given
a compass, notebook, map, camera and a multimedia player. These
items are used to view and record information gleaned during the
trip down the river and to note interesting things found.
The felucca moves down the Nile, from the source of the Nile
at Lake Victoria to where it spits out into the Mediterranean
Sea. Along the way the player visits historical locations, as
well as modern ones. Most of these locations are not interactive,
and information on items on the shore is obtained from the multimedia
player, which has over 300 articles. These can also be accessed
via the map feature.
At the tomb of Ramses II, the game becomes interactive. Exiting
the boat, you go into and through the tomb. At each node there
is a puzzle. The puzzles do not have to be played in their entirety
and can be skipped by clicking on a "Go" button. The
games are not overly difficult and in a couple instances are quite
familiar, including a slider puzzle. The best game of all is the
Senet puzzle, a classic game from Egypt, which you play against
Ramses II. I personally think Ramses cheats. But it did keep me
busy for a good long while.
The puzzles, and honestly there are really not many of them,
are most similar in style and feel to Jewels of the Oracle.
And this game is definitely better than Curse
of the 12 Caves, Jewels' slutty younger sister.
This is a fun little short-term diversion for the history buff
or puzzle lover. It's also a great title for kids 10 and up, either
to extend a history study for school or for homeschool study.
Developer: Human Code Inc.
Release Date: 1995
Four Fat Chicks Links
System 7 or greater
4 MB RAM
640 x 480 monitor
2X CD-ROM drive
486SX or higher processor
8 MB of RAM, hard drive
double speed CD-ROM drive
MS-DOS or PC-DOS operating system version 3.3 or higher
Windows 3.1 or higher
MS-DOS CD-ROM extensions (MSCDEX) version 2.2 or later
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