Shadow of the Hamunaptra

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Shadow of the HamunaptraI was glad to see so many give the logic puzzle a try that was posted yesterday, as there's nothing like a good mind bender to keep one thinking sharp. And good luck to everyone who entered a solution into the contest. I actually have the Dead Can Dance "Selections From Europe" 2-disc set they are giving away as part of the prize, so I know you're in for a treat.

To give you all a break from thinking, I found this rather old—for a Web game that is—circa 2001 platformer that looks like it was handmade out of wood. It's a gorgeous little game that will give you about 15 minutes or so of mindless fun.

Shadow of the Hamunaptra is a pretty fancy name for a simple game without a real story. Just get the little adventurer through each of the eight (8) levels by jumping on platforms while avoiding enemies and hazards.

Controls are the arrow keys. Press [esc] to pause the game.

Analysis: What makes this game delightful is there are no lives to lose, and therefore a level may be retried until done correctly. This takes the pressure off the player and thus creates a pleasant casual game experience. The pleasing natural-looking graphics fit this theme well.

The game is not difficult, though a couple of levels are sure to mildly frustrate some. The simplistic gameplay mechanics are well-constructed with the controls fairly tight and responsive. However, I did notice one collision detection bug in which the little guy went through a solid wall that was designed to force him to go around. Also, the mummy in the level pictured preferred moonwalking rather than turning about-face to give chase. These errors did not seem critical, nor did they affect my enjoyment of the game.

Created by Zdenìk Schneider of the Czech Republic.

Play Shadow of the Hamunaptra


Capuchin August 5, 2005 7:18 AM

Uhhh, I'm sure that's meant to be a mummy, Jay :)


Yeah I was gonna say that :)

Cool game though, very Indiana Jones


RobG & Jay- this game is also called Indiana Jones & The Temple of sumthin.


A mummy - but of course. It was that funky moonwalk that threw me off! =)

Shastanna August 5, 2005 4:14 PM

What a cute game! I'm not telling how many deaths I had before getting to the end. It's just to embarrassing. ;-)


i cant beat the game! my computer doesent let me jump and go left at the same time. it does it with right but not left! it is fun good pick jay


this is a fun game, however the jumping aspect of using the up arrow is difficult...would be better if it was using the space bar...


It's cute, but it doesn't hold a candle to N.


True, BNewman, but you can't play N in a browser. =(


is there any cheats


I love the sound when he dies. Sound like Tom from Tom and Jerry! Great!


About N..You can play it in a browser but there is only 3 epsiodes = 30 lvls and there's no practice mode on a site that has a lot of games but dosen't hold a candle to jays site...Great job Jay


Thanks, Shadow. I should have said "you can't play N officially in a browser" since Metanet software hasn't finished it yet. The version that is currently available on the Web is a hacked version and, as you mentioned, doesn't have all the features. Anyway, this conversation doesn't belong here on Shadow of the Hamunaptra page(!) ;)


i have completed this game it was very easy i just got maybe 100-300 deaths lol.


didn't realize you wanted entries
have been playing casual games since I found your site --after endless frustration elsewhere
love the way you review so that i don't waste my time on things i won't enjoy
waste plenty on things i do ;-}
hope you continue as long as i can punch the keys

Evilwumpus April 6, 2007 7:06 PM

Waaaaay too many cheaters on the high scores. Just right-click and press "play", and you can "beat" the game in one second. However, it's still a fun game.


I'm surprised anyone wants the jump to be a spacebar- it's hard to switch between different areas of the keyboard. Games which require that always end up stumping me, and never keep my attention for long.

I haven't gotten far in the game (still on level one) but I quite like the music. The jumps are a little...slow. I keep miscalculating how far I'll go and dying.


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