When ‘Oh Mummy Genesis’ was first re-released by 1985 Alternativo in 2012 for the Sega Mega Drive I missed out because I failed at ordering it from their Spanish only site. At that time it would have cost me almost $50 CAD for the game.
More recently I managed to buy it off of ebay for a little under $70 CAD (all in). Being several years after the release I think this price is about as good as I could have done. Typically games similar to this become very expensive on the second hand market.
Despite the case and cartridge being made from very cheap and soft plastic the whole package looks pretty good. The Oh Mummy Genesis case is more similar to what comes with Super Fighter Team games like Legend of Wukong and Star Odyssey than to classic Genesis cases but the Super Fighter Team cases are still much better quality.
And what of the actual game Oh Mummy Genesis? It’s a remake of a very old computer game called ‘Oh Mummy’ for the Amstrad CPC. The game is very simplistic. With the exception of the bonus stages (and pausing the game) you don’t need to use any buttons. You simply navigate your archeologist around the map similar to Pac-Man. The goal in Oh Mummy Genesis is to trace a path around the tombs on the map and find the key that will unlock the next map. The more of the map you uncover the more treasure and points you’ll earn.
In addition to Mummy’s chasing you around the board there are lots of items, environments and other enemy’s that do a great job augmenting the gameplay and help keep everything fresh and interesting.
Oh Mummy Genesis Gameplay
If you’ve ever seen the original Oh Mummy you’ll know that Oh Mummy Genesis has had a serious graphics overhaul. Both the graphics and sounds are very nice and feel appropriate on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive. The game is fun and addictive.
Is it worth $70 CAD (~$57 USD)? Not really. When I think of what you get from more popular Genesis games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force III, Ghouls’n Ghost, Streets of Rage, etc it’s hard for this very old style of game to compete. Personally I feel you’re going to have to be a collector as much as a gamer to make this one worth the money. However, it is a fun game and I do like it.
My cartridge of Oh Mummy Genesis died some months ago. I only get a black Screen after booting 😦
It seems that the complete cartridge is made of very cheap materials.
I hope that you have more luck with your copy.
That sucks! It would be a shame if the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is as cheap as the plastics. Maybe you’re cart just needs a good cleaning? I’ve had many cartridges not work but every time cleaning them brought them back to life.
Try rubbing the cart contacts with 99% Isopropyl. If that doesn’t do it take the PCB out of the plastic case and rub the contact with a pink eraser (must be the pink kind) and then clean the contacts with 99% Isopropyl again. I think it’s really worth a shot.
Never tried it with a pink eraser. 🙂 I’ve cleaned it with Isopropyl but it doesn’t work.
The cartridge consists of plastic, glue and a very small circuit board.
Here is a photo of the PCB: http://www.pixel-madness.de/pics/oh_mummy_pcb.jpg
Thanks for the link to the image. I have seen that style of PCB before. It’s very common in reproductions/bootlegs. I’m guessing it’s easy to source and cheap to buy. It looks like the plastic is there to allow the board to fit into a standard Genesis cartridge case.
The label on my copy is also pealing off along the top too. Just like the one you’ve pictured. That’s another example that the components used for Oh Mummy Genesis were a bit too much on the cheap side.
Another Great article : )
Thanks for stopping by Luis!