Gems of Egypt

Appease Pharaoh's greed in this entertaining Egyptian puzzle game.

Scarabs of Pharaoh is an entertaining Egyptian-themed puzzle game in which players move jewels of different sizes into sets of three to make them disappear. The game is quite similar to many other jewel-based puzzles, but it's different enough to be interesting.

The game's premise is a bit confusing at first. It's easy enough to play--you simply stack small, medium, and large jewels of a particular color together to make them disappear--but certain aspects of the scoring seem random or make little sense. For instance, the board lights up now and again, mysteriously, and Pharaoh exclaims "Excellent!" But what's excellent, he doesn't say. Much is explained in the brief pregame tutorial, though, and you really need to play the game a while before it all comes together. The learning process is fun, too. Although the game play is pretty basic, a few little extras keep things interesting. The scarab lets users move rows of gems back and forth; a cobra can change the color of a group of gems with its breath, and Pharaoh gets testy if you don't move quickly enough, although he can be appeased with pyramids. The graphics aren't earth-shattering, but they're quite good for a game of this type. Overall, we found Scarabs of Pharaoh to be an enjoyable, well-designed game.

Scarabs of Pharaoh has a 60-minute trial period. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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