In the story of Ancient Quest of Saqqarah (yes, there's a story to this puzzle game) a blue, talking gorilla will narrate your journey as you go through seven different temples. Each temple offers a unique spin on Bejeweled's gameplay. The first temple, Isis, most closely resembles the gameplay mechanic found in Bejeweled and simply forces you to group three or more similar colored pieces together. As you make headway through this mode, you will eventually unlock the temples of Thot, Horus, Anubis, Bast, Osiris, and Sobek in sequential order. One mode has similar colored pieces already grouped together in families of three or more and you simply need to click on one of them to destroy the entire adjacent group. Another temple let's you pick up any colored piece and swap it out with any other block on the level, provided your placement will do damage.The story tells that the temples of Saqqarah are in troubles and need to be restored. That being said, your mission is just that: to restore the temples of Saqqarah by solving a lot of amazing puzzles with a little twist. Khufu, a magical monkey from the Underground Oasis will be your guide and assistant. He’s been summoned by the Seven Gods to serve you with his advice.
The objective of the game is to light up the whole board provided, by making matches over its dark parts. The board is a kind of matrix or net with nods and connectors. The nods (tokens in the game) have to be matched in order to illuminate the connectors and the empty spaces within them. You can swap the tokens by clicking them with the mouse in order to create matches of three or more. This game has a clock and a limited time to complete each level. If you fail to complete a level before the time runs out, you’ll have to replay it.
When you first enter the game, you’ll be asked for a player name and then you’ll see the welcome screen with the following options:
- Change Player: the first time there’s no existing player. After you create one or more, they’ll be saved. When you enter into this submenu, you’ll be asked for a name as a new player. It’s possible to have a list of different players and record their performance. This way, you can play home tournaments with family and friends.
- Play: to start playing at once.
- High scores: to see the best performances achieved.
- Options: this is the menu from which you can get some help and set some game options, like sound volume, music volume, full screen, detect panoramic screen, high detail graphics, enable screensaver, and hint settings.
- Quit: no further explanation required.
When you’re playing the game, you can always click on the Menu button to access to a pop-up menu with these options:
- Return to game: to finish the current game.
- Options: the same Options menu commented before.
- How to play: to see the instructions to the game.
- Restart: to restart the level all over again.
- Save and Exit: to close the application.
You can try this game for 60 minutes before you buy the licensed version. If you like it, you can buy this game for only 19.95 dollars, right from the Oberon Media Game Center, on the Web.
About the system requirements, is not that big computer that you need to run this game. Take a look to the list:
- Windows Vista; Windows XP
- Graphics Card
- DirectX Version DirectX 8.0
- Processor Speed (MHz) 800
- HD Space (GB)
- RAM (MB) 256