12 best games with Egyptian mythology
Games and characters inspired by real-world history and myths are nothing new. The influence of these age-old myths is everywhere, from the Norse mythology of Valheim to the multitude of games set in the ancient feudal era of Japan. Few civilizations, however, have made history like that of ancient Egypt.
The region in and around Egypt stands out as one of the oldest surviving civilizations in the world. Their culture is credited with the invention of writing, mathematics, astrology and, of course, some of the best known and most impressive architecture of the ancient world.
There are plenty of choices for games celebrating Egyptian history and mythology for players looking for games that celebrate Egyptian history and mythology. Whether you’re looking to battle Egyptian armies, traverse ancient tombs, battle gods and goddesses, or even take deities out on dates, there are some games that will scratch the itch. They might even teach you something new along the way.
Updated January 13, 2022 by Ryan Bamsey: Egyptian mythology is a fascinating and rich source from which many games draw inspiration. We’ve added a few more entries to this list to give you more ideas on where to head for your next mythology-inspired adventure.
12 Ankh: Curse of the Scarab King
Inspired by the point-and-click legend Monkey Island, Ankh sees you play as Assil, the son of Cairo’s most famous and respected architect. Ankh, however, is best known for his lavish parties, with one seeing him accidentally break an urn and disturb a mummy. Naturally, the unpleasant mummy punishes Assil with a 24-hour death curse.
Seeking to rid himself of the curse, the player must travel with Assil through the ancient streets of Cairo while exploring the lavish city and the puzzling pyramids. It’s full of humor and fun with moan-worthy Egyptian jokes and over 80 riddles to test your intelligence.
11 The forgotten city
While this game has a solid Roman and Greek foundation, certain aspects of Egyptian mythology manage to slip through the cracks and make their own appearances in The Forgotten City – although it may take a while to get there.
The presence of Egyptian mythology here will come as no great surprise to the historians among you, as it is well established that the religions of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians informed and inspired each other.
Smite is a MOBA with an absolutely full cast of gods from various mythologies, and that includes the Egyptian pantheon. Smite does a great job of respectfully transferring these miniatures into the game and making them feel unique.
Of all the pantheons in the game, Smite’s list of Egyptians is one of the largest. You can play as the obvious choices such as Osiris and Anubis, but the game also takes care to include some of the lesser-seen figures, such as Neith and Geb.
9 Strange Brigade
A fantastic game to play with up to 4 friends, Strange Brigade takes you on a harrowing 1930s journey through exotic Egyptian lands. Players encounter spooky enemies, ancient traps, and (hopefully) scavenge tantalizing treasure.
Your mission is to resist the fearsome power of Seteki, the witch queen who has awakened from her nameless grave after 4,000 years. Luckily, your daring band of heroes arrived just in time to stop him with his “strange brigade” of mummified monstrosities.
8 Kamigami No Asobi
If you are looking for something slightly different, then look no further than Visual Novel and Dating Sim Kamigami No Asobi. Instead of fighting or discovering the secrets of the Egyptian gods, you date them.
In Kamigami No Asobi, you play as high school student Yui Kusanagi who finds herself before the Greek god Zeus. He wants her to become an instructor in his new “Academy of the Gods”. Yui has a year to educate and reform the young deities, lest she be trapped in Zeus’ realm forever. Featuring well-known Greek and Norse faces, players will also find Egyptian deities Anubis, the god of lost souls, and Thoth, the god of writing and wisdom.
seven Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
A PS2 cult favourite, Sphinx And The Cursed Mummy is a 3D platformer. Players take on the role of both Sphinx and her reluctant friend The Mummy as they travel the world through magical portals. The goal? To foil the diabolical plans of Set, the God of Chaos.
While playing as Sphinx, you can take on mythical Egyptian monsters with an array of special powers, including the use of scarabs. His ally, The Mummy, is used when fighting isn’t an option. He can use his stealth and other unconventional talents to solve puzzles and sabotage enemy front lines.
6 Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
The sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, The Temple of Osiris is Lara’s first-ever four-player co-op experience. Set in the ancient deserts of Egypt, Lara must join forces with rival Carter Bell and the Egyptian gods Horus and Isis in order to once again defeat Set, the God of Chaos. Sounds familiar…
Players must work together to explore ancient Egyptian temples and do what badass Lara does best. By solving puzzles, avoiding deadly traps and defeating hordes of enemies straight from the Egyptian underworld.
5 Age Of Mythology: Extended Edition
The classic real-time strategy game that transports players back in history to a time of heroes and monsters. The gods were also completely free to intervene in mortal combat.
Age of Mythology is the cult-favorite building game that sees myth become legend as you create armies and call on the gods for divine help. Gods as small as Bast and Sekhmet to as large as Isis, Set and Ra are all present. Prepare to put the powers of the Egyptian god to the test as you play pharaohs and priests and even become the son of Osiris to lead your people to victory.
4 egyptian senet
A slightly different addition to the list, Egyptian senet is considered the oldest game in existence. A two-player board game invented by the Egyptians around 3,500 to 5,000 years ago for the enjoyment of royalty and peasantry.
Available to play on Steam, it is believed to be a representation and metaphor of the afterlife. With the pawn moving across the board representing the soul as it travels through the layers of the underworld after death, and the final square being Horus, who would guide the Egyptians into the afterlife and let them be reborn.
3 Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
The fourth game in the original Playstation franchise saw adventurer and archaeologist Lara Crost journey through the temples and tombs of ancient Egypt in order to imprison Set, the God of Chaos, whom she accidentally freed.
In this fourth episode, we follow Lara as she explores a variety of locations. She visits the Temple of Sekhmet in Karnak, the Great Pyramid of Giza, an archaeological dig at the palaces of Cleopatra in Alexandria and even the capital of Cairo. Fans might even remember it was the game that saw Lara’s presumed death after locking up Seth after the developers felt the character was becoming obsolete. Fortunately, she was brought back to life and consoled herself fairly quickly.
2 Sid Meier’s Civilization 5
Civilization 5 is a turn-based strategy game that lets you establish and lead a civilization from the dawn of man to his journey through space. To do so, you’ll need to incite war, hold diplomatic meetings, discover new technologies, and battle some of history’s great leaders in an effort to build the most powerful empire in the world.
Ramses is considered one of the best leaders in the title to play with the Egyptians using different historically accurate components such as burial tombs and war chariots. So get ready to lead your Egyptian people to victory. After all, they became the oldest surviving civilization for good reason.
1 Origins of Assassin’s Creed
With the many countries and eras that Assassin’s Creed has chosen to immortalize over the years, it’s no wonder Ancient Egypt has become one of its best.
Leading the protagonist Bayek through the bustling villages and markets of Cairo, sailing the Nile and uncovering the mysteries of the pyramids and forgotten myths in this open-world adventure is an extraordinary experience for players and Egyptology fans. Assassin’s Creed Origins has given players such a realistic view of ancient Egypt, in fact, that Egyptologists have even used it to teach Egyptian history. Go Ubisoft.
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