We all know that gamers are always on the lookout for novelty – new challenges to face, new worlds to explore, different skills to perfect. That’s one of the reasons why it raises so much excitement and anticipation in the run-up to the release of a new game, or a new chapter in the history of an existing one.
You might think that adventurous developers would take a good look around at the games out there to identify gaps waiting to be filled. If they did, maybe they’d find one very obvious one – the world of Ancient Egypt. With a little imagination, this could prove to be just as rich a background for a game as anything found in DOTA or even Call of Duty. It might even offer opportunities to appeal to the sort of gamer who likes to solve mysteries as well as enjoying going into battle.
It’s true that there have been games that have used Ancient Egypt in the past with Assassin’s Creed: Origins being both high-profile and very well reviewed on its release in 2017. This was a game whose creators had obviously taken a great deal of time to get right. They even consulted leading Egyptologists to ensure that it was historically and factually accurate.
This goes to show that the imagery and iconography of Ancient Egypt alone provides a very strong framework around which a game can be built. This is something that the developers of online slots games have already picked up on. You only have to look at the very popular Eye of Horus free play slot for a prime example of this. Among the symbols it features on its five reels are the iconic ankh, scarab beetles, and naturally, the eye of Horus, the legendary sky god. Other games that have used the era in various ways have included Age of Empires, Titan Quest and Strange Brigade. This surely shows its potential for a new game tapping into this ancient world.
As a starting point, games makers could even set the action around the mythical battle that raged between Horus and his rival Set, god of deserts, storms and all kinds of violence. With the ability to summon up all kinds of forces on either side, it has all the makings of a great battle royale. If the idea was to create a game in which the gods are not involved, there would still be plenty of options. Fans of movies like the 1963 classic Cleopatra will know that the Romans ruled and suppressed Egypt for many years from around 30 BCE so here is the perfect conflict.
Alternatively, a great mystery/puzzle-solving game could be created as archaeologists explore the pyramids and their treasures, whether or not it also includes perils like marauding mummies. So, as you can see, there are plenty of options for any studio that fancies striking out and creating the go-to game for fans of Ancient Egypt. Coming up with the right one could also lead to huge treasures of its own.