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Exhumed

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Released: 1996

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: Sega Saturn

Publisher: BMG Interactive

Developer: Lobotomy

Submitted by: Phil Harrison

I was a teenager, I had a Saturn and I had a very limited budget. The upshot of this is you pick your games very carefully and you wring every last drop from them.

Thankfully I was blessed with The Official Sega Saturn Magazine to provide no doubt as to where that precious paper-round money went next.

Exhumed is one such title, created by Lobotomy Software who would later provide the finest conversions of Duke Nukem 3D and Quake a Saturn owner could hope for, but first came Exhumed.

Exhumed was fast paced; it absolutely shifted for a 3D game, had excellent and varied weapons which felt, sounded and packed the right amount of wallop, great enemies, top music, sound effects (mines that moo?!) and brilliant levels.

Akin to something like Castlevania: SotN, Super Metroid and Super Mario World, you traversed levels linked together on a world map. Through completing levels you found artefacts which would imbue you with extra abilities (higher jump, levitation, breathe under water) allowing you to reach previously inaccessible areas of past levels unlocking newer areas. From memory, only Metroid Prime for the GameCube was seen as the title to prove how the FPS viewpoint could work successfully for the Adventure/Platformer genre, but Exhumed managed it 6 years earlier.

As a hard-up teenager, Exhumed provided even more value for money in the notoriously difficult Team Dolls. Hidden around the levels where 26 sarcophagi with developers mugs on the front, they where impossible to find without a guide as there was no clue as to their whereabouts. Thankfully OSSM provided such a guide but the task still wasn’t easy as it required every weapon, ability and skill to reach them. The less said about the horrendously hard laser-trip maze to a bounty of 2 Team Dolls the better!

Weirdly, Exhumed could easily be one of the best film-based-games if it didn’t predate the 1999 Mummy film by 3 years!

Exhumed just gave and gave, and gave again when your saved file unlocked Death Tank Zwei in the options of Duke Nukem 3D.

Glory be to Lobotomy Software.