The Mummy Demastered – Xbox One Review

WayForward, developer of the popular Shantae series have partnered up with Universal Studios to bring us The Mummy Demastered, which links in to the recent The Mummy movie starring Tom Cruise. But is this a game worth resurrecting, or is it best left in the dusty tombs?

The Mummy Demastered is Metroid-vania game, but heavily influenced more from Castlevania, considering the horror element of The Mummy Demastered. Unfortunately, (or perhaps fortunately) you don’t get to play as Tom Cruise, instead you play the role of a ‘Prodigium Agent’ that has just been brought to Iraq to investigate some unnatural lifeforms located within some caverns, where you had lost contact with the previous team that entered  the caverns. This is where the game drops you straight into play with a short tutorial going over the control scheme for the game and the mechanics.

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The Mummy Demastered is a great 16-bit pixelated title which tries to capture the toughness of games such as Castlevania, alongside the funky intense music that really changes throughout. There are locations plentiful for you to discover, with enough variety of scenery so it doesn’t all look the same, yet it still keeps the dystopian image of a Mummy hell bent on destruction.

There are a wide variety of weapons to discover and equip, but the catch with The Mummy Demastared, is that you can only hold two weapons at any given time, so you’ll need to choose wisely which weapons are good for job ahead of you. You can fast travel between various locations once you’ve found the extraction points. You may only save your game in a save room, but luckily there are loads of them so make you sure you save at every chance you get – you’re going to be dying (and resurrecting) an awful lot.

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It needs to be noted that this game includes perma-death. When you die, you really do die, leaving behind any items in your inventory, although you’re only allowed to carry two weapons at any given time. The Mummy princess Ahmanet will resurrect your fallen agent, so if you wish to collect your belongings, you must kill that agent, with your new agent. This is a great concept that’s gradually being experimented with across various games, which this game seems to do quite well and actually makes sense, considering the nature of the game & movie tie-in, but it does increase the difficulty element quite a bit. The problem is, somewhere down the line, you’re going to miss and need those weapons that your former agent left behind, so one way or another, you’re going to need to bite the bullet.

This game includes all the core elements of what made Castlevania great a long time ago: Open world 2D exploration, horror themes and intense difficulty. Throw in a large amount of weapons and collectibles, and you’ve got yourself a inning formula. The problem lies within: It’s a tie-in with a terrible movie. Thankfully, this game stands within its own right and the unfortunate viewing of the Tom Cruise movie isn’t necessary to enjoy this game.

The Mummy Demastered is available to download from the Xbox Store, priced at £15.99.

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