The Great Pharaoh is anything but great. A simple match 3 game from a simpler time, maybe early 2000s, late 1990s. The back story in why we are playing this game is a little disturbing. They tell us of how different kings would build their great cities in Kemet, and what resources they would use to fund the building. In this tale, we are funding the royal coffers by, hoo boy… pretty much tomb raiding for gold.
Knowing a little about Kemetic faiths and practices of the time, it was surprising that this game got through to be downloaded. It is simple enough to play, match 3 stones up until you get enough gold to finish the level, and try to take out the mummies that will steal the gold along the way, but can you blame these mummies for wanting their money back? Kemetics believed that they could take their earthly treasures with them so they would follow with their ka into the next life, and sure, there were tomb raiders back even then. These thieves usually ended up dying rather painfully, but for a king to send a team of raiders in to scavenge gold from former nobles would have put a serious black mark on his reign, no matter how good his intentions were.
The graphics were a bit fuzzy, and even though the music started out having a cool Talamasca-style rif, it soon was the same rif over and over again, so not so cool. If you like games about Egypt, there are many to be found, but the devs needed to do a bit more digging in their libraries before putting this together. The Great Pharaoh? Not so great.