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A jam submission

The Curse of the ScarabView game page

A tale of death and treasure (and optimization)
Submitted by Nils Fagerburg — 3 hours, 41 minutes before the deadline
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CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Spooky Greatness#34.0024.143

Ranked from 14 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Le Grand Guignol (created in over 4 hrs)

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This was fun! And pretty hard, but still very satisfying for someone who loves exploration-type games. Reminds me of the good old days playing Scarab of Ra.

Submitted (2 edits) (+1)

So I stole myself an Indiana Jones-eque hat and whip off a dead guy, and entered the tomb. I'm going to have to come back to this one (I'm a sucker for ancient egyptian themed games.) I'm enjoying the atmosphere and it looks well polished, but the difficultly level seems reasonably high so I'll need more time to beat it. Many ways to die. (Which I guess is fitting for someone raiding a cursed tomb!)


Really nice. Impressive presentation.

I miss some interactions, for example, to ruin the linen with oil to add more fuel to the torch and gain more time. Or to grab the statuette with the whip. Or mind control the scarabs with the Khepresh! XD

But yeah, this is very fun, classical experience that felt very polished. Thanks!


Thanks for playing and for the feedback! :)

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This is a lot of fun! Unfortunately I haven't managed to get far enough to start thinking about the larger optimization puzzle--it would have been nice to have hints/solutions for the individual puzzles available--but what I've seen so far has been great. The visual design is really cool, too.


Nicely written and very smoothly implemented. The backgrounds and hieroglyph are a nice touch.  I enjoyed it!


I keep become dehydrated, but I kept going lol... very fun game, the interface is new to be but I enjoyed typing the commands and having the AI say "I don't understand" I wish I could have make it to the ned and find everything :)


Thanks for playing my game!

If you're interested in getting into parser games, you may want to try 77 Verbs by Mathbrush which is a nice introduction to type-in games. :)


This was a fun game for someone who loves The Mummy and Indiana Jones films (who wouldn't want to play as Rachel Weisz?) I wonder how many of the possible ways to die I discovered... Nicely formatted as well, and I'm curious to know what the hieroglyphs meant!

Developer (1 edit) (+1)

Thanks for playing my game, glad you enjoyed it!

I used this to translate messages into what is supposed to be close to real ancient Egyptian. It's mostly for my own amusement though.  The game assumes the player character can't understand them, so knowing ancient Egyptian isn't key to solving any of the puzzles. There is a way to translate the inscriptions in game, but it is pretty well hidden. :)