People are fascinated by Ancient Egypt. They love the mysterious ceremonies and the amazing architecture. More importantly, though, they are obsessed with the association with alien life-forms. No one can quite believe that the massive pyramids were built by man alone. The only solution, therefore, must be aliens. PowerSlave Exhumed explores the combination of Ancient Egypt and otherworldly beings with horrific consequences.
Developed by Throwback Entertainment and Nightdive Studios and published by the latter, this is an old-school FPS. It is a port of a classic console game that is filled with mystery, violence, and basic puzzles. Furthermore, it captures everything that this genre is loved for. Subsequently, fans of Quake and Doom will adore its retro ways.
PowerSlave Exhumed tells a chilling tale.
I’ve always loved the audacity of retro gaming. The plots that they worked with are absurd and downright silly. Luckily, PowerSlave Exhumed follows suit. It tells the story of an alien species called the Kilmaat. These hideous creatures want to take over our world while resurrecting the mummy of King Ramses. This once great Pharoah was all-powerful and the aliens know it. However, they didn’t expect Earth to fight back! A hero must enter Karnak and the surrounding areas to rid it of the alien vermin and save the day.
Quite frankly, the plot is ridiculous, but I loved it nonetheless. You must venture deep inside the tombs of a labyrinthine world. Consequently, the gameplay is distinctly Metroidvania in style. This was fantastic, as it adds to the drama and the longevity. Furthermore, it was fascinating to explore the tombs while uncovering secrets and all sorts of alien beings.
Special abilities and two endings.
The action spans 20 plus levels that feature violence, gore, and minor puzzles. Moreover, there are treasures to discover, weapons to unearth, and an array of secret paths to find. Subsequently, there are many twists and turns and here is where the Metroidvania element comes into play. You must scour each level trying to discover special keys and unique powers. The Keys unlock new areas and the powers make unobtainable zones accessible.
You’ll be able to swim through water, leap to great heights, walk on lava, and more. The addition of these new powers opened up the claustrophobic levels while adding to the confusion and mystery. On top of this, it’ll help you search for new weaponry and every collectable item. The latter is important as they determine which ending you’ll experience.
FPS adventure titles are as much about the plot as they are the weapons you’ll use. Thankfully, PowerSlave Exhumed has a great selection of toys to play with. You open with a machete and a pistol. But soon, you have grenades, a flamethrower, a machine gun, and even a magical cobra wand. It was OTT, but I loved it. Alongside this, you get the normal heath and ammo refills and weapon boosts. Accordingly, it feels familiar, and this was great.
PowerSlave Exhumed has a classic look.
At first glance, PowerSlave Exhumed appears rough and bland. However, the more you play, the more you adjust to its style. Yes, it’s dated, but it perfectly blends the qualities of the Sega Saturn and the Sony PS1. What’s more, it has a distinct MS-Dos finish that adds to the nostalgia. Sadly, however, the stages are small, but this increases the claustrophobic feel. Unsurprisingly, the action runs smoothly, and I experienced no glitches or frame rate drops.
Like Doom and Quake, this has heavy and aggressive music at its core. The angry songs inspire you to go on a rampage and destroy everything you see. Subsequently, it’s pretty brutal and very loud. Alongside this, the sound effects are simple but effective. There is a blend of standard weapon sounds that accompany weird Sci-Fi moments. It was very bizarre to listen to, but it oddly worked with the theme.
Shoot from the hip.
One element that was strange was the shooting mechanics. There are no sights to aim down and there is an auto-aim assist. Consequently, every foe you face is obliterated with little risk or effort. This was disappointing, as it made it far too easy. However, other than this shortcoming, the layout is excellent and the buttons are responsive. Furthermore, the movement is smooth, and this makes it easy to traverse the tight corridors.
With two endings to experience, multiple artefacts, and many levels to explore, there is plenty to do. Admittedly, however, it isn’t the longest of games, but I enjoyed its confusing Metroidvania elements and minor puzzles. Sadly, it won’t challenge veterans of the genre, yet everyone else will have a fulfilling and rewarding experience.
PowerSlave Exhumed is an excellent retro shooter.
I’ve always loved Doom and Quake, so this was an easy sale for me. It captures everything that makes the genre great while blending moments from other games. Disappointingly, though, it isn’t as challenging as its peers, but it’ll keep you busy and entertained, nevertheless. PowerSlave Exhumed was great and I recommend you to buy it here! Resurrecting a Pharoah won’t end well, therefore you must step up and save humanity!