Senet - A race game, like Backgammon, Sorry!, or Pachisi
Version: 1.0Senet was arguably the world's first board game, created in ancient Egypt in roughly 3,500 BC. In its time, Senet was exceptionally popular with everyone from commoners to pharaohs. Later in its reign of popularity, the Egyptians believed that people who were good at it were protected by the gods.
License: Free To Try $9.95
Operating System: Mac OS X
Unfortunately, since it was so popular, nobody bothered to write down the rules. Why bother when everyone knows how to play? In recent years, scholars made educated guesses and came up with a few different rule sets - Senet picked the best ideas from each.
Senet is essentially a race game, like Backgammon, Pachisi or Sorry!. The object is to move all of your pieces, or pawns, off the board before your opponent. You roll a single die to decide how far you can move a pawn during your turn. If you land on your opponent's pawn, you switch places with them.
It sounds simple enough, but there are a few obstacles standing in your way. If your opponent has two pawns in a row, you can't land on them and switch places. Worse yet, if your opponent has three pawns in a row, you can't even jump over them! Luckily, you can use these strategies against your opponent, too.
There are also special squares along the way, marked by hieroglyphics, that can either help or hurt you. Some require you to roll a certain number to get out of them. Another protects you from your opponent. The worst one sends your pawn back several squares.
Here are some key features of "Senet":
· Single, two-player, and network play
· Five unlockable secrets
· Fabulous sound, music, and special effects
· Classic gameplay with modern enhancements
· 800 Mhz Processor
· 256MB RAM
· 15 MB Hard Drive Space
· 3D Graphics Card
· Any Sound Card
· In this demo version you will not be able to play Network games.
· Nag screens