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Video Games: Return to Ancient Egypt

Cleopatra, Ramses II, Ptolemy… so many names that amaze the imagination. What about the gods Isis, Osiris or Ra? What if we go back in time to uncover the secrets of the pyramids and this civilization?

First of all, you need to get in the mood. And you immerse the atmosphere of Egypt of the pharaohs in the game Senet. “De kosse?” – you ask. Know that this is the oldest board game in the world, that it was discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamen and that the sovereign loved to play it. “Egyptian Senet” resembles a mixture of chess and backgammon, and the player must have time to move all his pieces to remove them from the playing field in an allegory about the journey of souls in the realm of the dead. And if it takes some time to understand Senet, after the rules are learned, it is not easy to stop.

Now that you’re playing like an Egyptian (yes, that vague allusion to a Bangles song is aimed at Gen Xers), why not live like them? Welcome to Pharaoh and Cleopatra, simulation games released by Activision in the late 1990s. The goal is to make your city shine by plowing fields to match the floods of the Nile, building monuments, and building trade routes. with Mediterranean cities. Simple and effective, these two games will allow you to get acquainted with the habits and customs of those distant times.

“Egyptian Prophecy: The Fate of Ramses”, released in 2004, is an adventure game in which the pharaoh assigned the sorceress Maya to investigate the strange events taking place in the kingdom. The “gameplay”, sets and music are typical of the early 2000s: all the action is “point and click”, and the visual aspect is high-quality rendering that enhances the impression of mystery.

More modern…

In Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, a fearless archaeologist and up to four players take on the god Set. Teaming up with rival Carter Bell and the gods Isis and Horus, Lara Croft will face otherworldly creatures in the desert sands. And as usual, she has to solve puzzles and fight.

Of course, the most complete immersion in Ancient Egypt is offered by Ubisoft Studios in Montreal and Assassin’s Creed Origins. The action takes place between 49 and 43 BC. AD, and we follow a nomad named Bayek who seeks revenge for the murder of his son. In addition to the origins of the Brotherhood of Assassins, we learn many historical elements and we discover, with amazement, two expansions, as well as the famous “Tour of Discovery” – a kind of tour of ancient Egypt, rich in lessons of all kinds.

For “gamers” who want more action – read about the combat – The Strange Brigade is set in the 1930s, when the witch queen Seteki has awakened from her 4,000-year slumber and threatens humanity. Playable with up to four players, the title includes elements of exploration and of course fighting mummies, assassins and monsters. What happiness.

Egyptian Senet: https://store.steampowered.com/app/391580/Egyptian_Senet/ for Windows

Egyptian Senet: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.EgyptianSenetFree for Android.

Pharaoh and Cleopatra: https://store.steampowered.com/app/564530/Pharaoh__Cleopatra/ for Windows

Egyptian Prophecy: The Fate of Ramses: https://store.steampowered.com/app/302160/The_Egyptian_Prophecy_The_Fate_of_Ramses/ for Windows

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris: https://store.steampowered.com/app/289690/LARA_CROFT_AND_THE_TEMPLE_OF_OSIRIS/ for Windows

Assassin’s Creed Origins https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/assassins-creed/origins for Windows, PlayStation and Xbox

Strange Brigade: https://rebellion.com/games/strange-brigade/ for Windows, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch.

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