Spoiler alert! Mummy’s Treasure is free for a limited time only, and for free it is definitely a best buy. This is the full version, not one of those “crippled but try it for a level or two before you blow your real money” releases. Get it now, it will cost money in a day or a week, and once you pay for it it’s rating will diminish.
I’m kidding about the diminished rating bit in the spoiler alert. The price will go up to a dollar, which will still leave it a really good, if not a best buy. If they keep raising the price, however, say to five or ten I may change that opinion.
But skip the review, download it now, and then read the review to decide if you really want to play. If you can get it while it’s still free, you’ve only wasted your time.
Stop now. Download. Come back to read.
(unless you’re really skeptical or the price went up already)
I moved up game day Friday this week because the game Mummy’s Treasure is available free for a limited time only. It’s also today’s featured game on App AllStar, which features free iPhone games, and for once the game they recommend is worth keeping (make sure to get the iPad and iPhone versions).
So I figured I would push back Friday’s intended review (Puzzle Planet) until next week and plug the free app today.
Readers will probably know I’m not a huge fan of Facebook, but I can afford to be because Carol spends more time on Facebook than she does with me. Actually, she’s right beside me, but she’s typing away on Facebook.
I don’t mind, because after twenty-five years there’s little we haven’t hashed over eight million times besides the stuff she reads on Facebook. That’s how I learn about things like the Uterati on Facebook and the free Mummy’s Treasure app (if only for a limited time).
We could discuss politics or CNN or the Bible but we pretty much already agree on 90 percent of what we discuss and she gets upset that I can’t see the other 10 percent as clearly as I should (you know, the way she does). So she checks in with her Facebook friends and forwards the interesting stuff to me.
Mainly she wanted me to play Mummy’s Treasure so I could tell her whether or not to bother, but I don’t mind because that’s what husbands are for.
Mummy’s Treasure presents players with level after level of physics based puzzles. The idea is to keep your treasures and gyms while eliminating the evil mummies and skeletons. If you lose any of the treasures you lose the level. Rocks and shelves are neutral although they count against your final score.
The basic strategy is to keep the treasures while eliminating the evil creatures. If you can capture gems, it counts extra.
As you progress through the levels, the puzzles get more complex, and gravity gets weirder. Objects fly sideways and—if you time your moves right—at curves and angles. You have to cut chains and break blocks when they reach the right angle or you will simply replay the level again.
The trick on this level is to spin the mummy balls in the right direction, making sure to capture the gems before you do.
You escape the level by removing the monsters without losing your treasure, but your score is determined by how many obstacles you remove and gems you collect in the process. It can be difficult doing both.
Theoretically you get a gold statue for making par, and jewels for collecting all the jewels in the level, but I’ll be damned if I can figure their scoring system out. I have surpassed par on several levels and collected all the jewels without getting a gold statue or additional booty for my work.
I’ve beaten par and collected every jewel on every level but the game failed to acknowledge my reward.
Perhaps they have a secret scoring system, a certain order you need to do things in as well as removing obstacles and catching flying gems. It reminds me of the Catch-22 of the Ropes courses. You succeed by accomplishing the task provided you read the facilitator’s mind and do it his way.
When I was working with a charter school, back in the early days before Republicans started treating them as badly as they treated public schools, the staff was subjected to the Ropes Challenge course as a team building exercise. We broke into teams and were given a series of challenges and told there was no wrong solution so long as we followed the guidelines (for instance, don’t let your feet touch the ground).
In one exercise we had to walk on logs past a tree (holding the ropes tied to the logs), turn around without stepping off the log and returning to the starting point. Those were the exact instructions, and remember, they told us, there was no wrong answer. So our team conferred, walked on the logs past the tree, turned our bodies around without our feet touching the ground, and walked back to the starting point.
We got there first, but we were told we broke the rules. You see, we had to turn the log ninety degrees, walk past the tree, then turn the log another ninety degrees before heading back. I asked if we had been told that was the objective.
The facilitator answered, no, but we should have known that was the right way to do it.
So that’s my one problem with Mummy’s Treasure. There are some hidden requirements. Other than that the puzzles are challenging, but doable (at least until well into the second chamber, which is all the time I had to test if I wanted to make sure to post this while it was still free).
You will definitely have to use you brain, but I’m sure there will be an online walkthrough posted in a month or too if you don’t want to. Like Angry Birds, however, it isn’t enough to figure out the solution; you have to time your moves and gestures just right to succeed.
Jenny Manytoes rates Mummy’s Treasure
Jenny Manytoes would make biscuits all over Mummy’s Treasure. At a dollar it’s a hell of a buy, and while it’s still free you should definitely get it.