Egyptian Addiction (PC)

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, February 13, 2006

Graphics: 9.00
Sound: 8.50
Gameplay: 8.50
Replays: 8.50

After almost four years in the making, independent game developer BigToe Games has released their debut title Egyptian Addiction. EA is a puzzle game that expands on the idea of matching like colored orbs to eliminate them. However in this game you can move pieces through another one to swap colors, and getting like colored orbs will absorb them into your current one. Once all of one color has been absorbed players can swap to another color and continue. After every orb has been cleared from the game board the level ends and the player can move on to the next one. This concept may sound relatively simple but gets progressively harder with stricter time limits as the game goes on.

The main Adventure mode has numerous levels (around 150) to complete and three different difficulty levels. However, in order to move onto the next set of levels players will need to complete a particular section on Normal or higher before being allowed to move on. This setup allows players to test the confines and level structures of each segment on an easier difficulty before moving on to a harder one. Each level gets progressively more difficult as switches will have to be hit, elements of the level will rotate in and out, and there will be even more orbs to clear. No level is ever overwhelming for the player though, leaving a laid back feeling to Egyptian Addiction.

Playing through Adventure mode will unlock new areas that can be played in the Challenge mode. The Challenge mode uses the same exact gameplay concepts already established in the game in an attempt to have you get as high of a score as possible. This is close as the game comes to a multiplayer mode, as you can take turns with a buddy and compete for the highest score. Perhaps in the future BigToe can add in some sort of LAN based multiplayer where players try to be the first to get rid of all their orbs, as it would be a nice addition.

BigToe really nailed the presentation aspects of Egyptian Addiction. The background music is atmospheric and un-intruding while maintaining a very Egyptian feel. In addition, the developers have really made an effort to make the graphics absolutely gorgeous. There is a great level of detail put into all of the orbs and levels, giving the game a bit of a visual edge over others in the genre.

If there is one flaw to point out with the game, it would be that mouse control sometimes feels a little touchy (as you have to hold down and move the orb around and this is sometimes a little more complicated than it should be). Keyboard control does work better though, and most people will probably come to prefer it though. Aside from that though, Egyptian Addiction is a fun puzzle game and an excellent first effort from a newer company. If you’ve been bored with other independent puzzle titles lately, give this one a go.

Overall Rating: 8.50

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