Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 10/03/01 | Genre: Action
You can be good... or evil. Those are the choices that you are offered as you start the title, The Mummy Returns by Universal Interactive. It is nice that they offer us the choice, but it would have been more beneficial if they would have taken the option themselves. Evil is the only way this game can be described. Universal Interactive fell into the trap of releasing a game way too quickly to coincide with the video release.
While the characters look and sound somewhat like the characters in the movie, the game play is not exactly what you would call (how should I say this?) good. You start the game in the same temple in which the movie starts. You shush your son and head out on the adventure. Armed with a gun and your trusty fist, Rick (you) embark with Evie to kill some mummies and find some artifacts. Just like in the movie, you are up against the undead fiends as well as the nasty tomb raiders (without the boobs.) While this idea is just about the most uninventive game play on the market, the movement of the characters is choppy and the fighting is bad. There is nothing that makes this game buyable. My only reason for trying it was that I thought the movie was one of the best of the summer. I guess Universal Interactive is relying on the fact that many other gamers will be duped into this web of deceit.
I know what you are wondering--how is playing as Imhotep? To be honest, I don't know. I didn't care to play any more of the game. After dying several times as Rick, I was totally disinterested in the possibility of dying dozens more as an already dead guy. Here's the deal: if you want to play a frustrating title with little or no appeal to the average gamer, go after The Mummy Returns. If you are not interested in totally wasting your time, spend as much time on this one as the developers did: none.