This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Ankh - Curse of the Sacrab King, developed by VIS Entertainment and published by Xider Games. Ankh is an adventure game and is the fifth in the Ankh series.
This adventure game is a point and click game, which is a format which isn't as popular as it once was. I remember the days of the Amiga, and the great adventure game, The Secret of Monkey Island, and in many ways this sort of game hasn't really moved on much from those days. You explore through an Egyptian land, solving puzzles and exploring your location.
The control system is well thought through, and the Nintendo DS suits this game as the touch screen and stylus are used to explore your way through the game. You will have to get used to keep trying different things time after time to get through some puzzles, but the game doesn't have a frustrating control system, so it makes exploring much easier.
The graphics in the game are good, they are in 2D, as opposed to the 3D which this game uses on other platforms, but are still clear and bright. The sound is also very good, with lots of spoken speech in the game, and background music and sound effects. Both the sound and graphics helped in adding atmosphere to this game.
There are some slightly frustrating elements in the game, which are common in many adventure games. There are times when you try to select something and it looks as though your use of that object has failed, but you were actually doing the right thing, just that the controls didn't pick up what you were trying to do. But there is an element of humour throughout the game which is quite funny, and does lighten the game playing somewhat.
This is a game which is accessible to kids, or any player, as it's easy to pick up and play. The game is quite challenging, and unless you are a very good games player, you're likely to find quite a good few hours of play in this game. Although there's not much incentive to return to this game once you complete it, it is one of those games that you will likely want to try to complete.
The game retails for 19.99 pounds, but is currently available on Amazon for 17.43 pounds. If you're happy with a second hand copy, at the time of writing these are available for around thirteen pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages.
In summary, this is good adventure game, with lots of playability, good graphics and great sound and speech effects. Some other players have found real problems with bugs in this game, I didn't have a problem, but many buyers have. This isn't the best game of its genre, but it's fun to play, especially if you can find a cheaper copy, as it's still an expensive game to buy.