Egypt -- Al Simhara
In theory you can do this destination
next if you like, since your experience with Mummy battles in China
should have clued you as to whether you are prepared enough or not,
but honestly you might find it easier to do France first, I am just
Egypt feels like it is the largest of
the destination zones, and the most dangerous as well as offensive
for most Sims. There is, however, a lot to do here, and it is an
excellent place to level-up skills like Photography. Be sure that
you purchase a Snake Charming Basket here, as it is one of the more
useful pieces of adventure kit, especially since it serves as both
entertainment and a cure for the Curse of the Mummy.
Egypt, land of lots of shades of tan!
-- Tombs in Al Simhara --
While the bulk of the Tombs in Egypt
can be explored outside of the quest system, you will find that if
you simply focus upon the quest system, it will take you to the
different Tombs eventually, and by using it as your motivating factor
you will miss less. While raising your Visa Level in China was
important -- just as doing so is important in France and here in
Egypt because it allows you to stay longer -- there is another reason
why you want to get your Visa Level up and a good reason for focusing
upon the quests system: The Tears of Horus.
That is a special Relic that you can
only buy from the special vendor using Ancient Coins AND having a
high Visa Level -- and along with Pangu's Axe it is one of the items
you will want to have obtained in the game. Just saying.
-- Abu Simbel --
To access this Tomb you will need to
make an offering of a tiny space rock, and an Ancient Relic (or
older/rarer), and you will need to have mastered both Martial Arts
and Meditation to proceed deeper into the Tomb, since you will need
to Zeniport to get to the statue to move it onto the switch and
reveal the hidden entrance when you reach the point where the two
You will obtain The Sigil of the
Sanctuary of Horus here, as well as some good loot and Relics, and
the Eyes of Horus (about which you will learn more in the game) that
are sort of the whole point to this Tomb. Bear in mind (I am not
risking a spoiler here mates) that there is a moral challenge at the
cusp where you can obtain the Eyes, and you cannot afford to fail it
because you need the Eyes to negotiate a puzzle deeper in the Tomb...
Mind the traps here, and make sure that
you check the walls for switches and doors -- which is as close to a
spoiler as we are going to get here. After you have completed the
main areas and you depart, be sure to solve that puzzle at the
beginning that you could not solve before (now that you have the
tools to solve it), right?
-- Copper Quarry --
This Tomb is part of the quests system
so you will naturally come here, and while it is one of the smaller
ones in the region it is an easy and fun romp that will make you
happy you spent time in China first... Just saying. You will snag
The Sigil of the Copper Quarry here, along with lots of copper as
well as other metals and gems, it being a loot-rich environment.
-- Great Pyramid --
Pretty cool, eh? Almost as cool as the
Sphinx! This is not only the largest Tomb in the region, I think it
may be the largest in the game, and clearly it received the most Tomb
Love from the development team...
It is fully accessible from the start
assuming you have Pangu's Axe and it is loaded with loot and puzzles
(but it is not going to strain your puzzle senses). This is where
you find the Sarcophagus of Kings which will see you exercising your
Mummy battle skills -- and where you will score The Sigil of the Den
of Lost Souls. Keep an eye out for the Death Keystone here.
-- Great Sphinx --
In addition to being a very cool Tomb
this is also one of the places you can go to to reverse the Curse of
the Mummy -- as it is where the cleansing ritual takes place. But if
you have the Snake Charming Basket and you have leveled it, you do
not actually need to come here to do that... Just saying. If you
did get cursed though, the quest Cursed! will take you here
In addition to being one of the more
cool Tombs, this is also a great place to find loot, and in
particular to find valuable gems like the soulpeace and rainbow
variates. This is also where you will obtain The Sigil of the
Soulpeace Chamber, which is located in a hidden room inside.
-- Pyramid of the Burning Sands --
You will very likely clear this Tomb in
two stages -- and it is where you will obtain The Sigil of the Tomb
of the Rock and some nice Relics. Bear in mind though that this is
Egypt, and so the Treasure Room inside does contain a Mummy so you
will be having a battle or three!
Access to the second stage of the Tomb
is obtained during a quest, and delivers The Keystone of the Burning
Sands to you -- so be sure that you snag the Sigil and clear all of
the chambers as you will miss out on some good Relics if you do not.
An added note if you plan to make Nectar (and who does not?) is that
this is where you will find the highest concentration of Flame Fruit
Bushes for harvest (that is actually part of a quest) and is a good
source for plants to take home with you as well...
-- Pyramid of the Sky --
This is another Tomb that you can
pretty much explore at will if you want -- as long as you have
Pangu's Axe -- but first you should explore the area to obtain The
Keystone to the Heart of the Water Temple and clear each chamber and
room for loot.
Be aware that there are Life Plants
that you can harvest here -- which are critical for making the more
useful Nectar -- as well as the Death Flower and The Sigil of the
Tomb of the Desert Ocean.
The carvings of
-- Pyramid of the Wind --
I do not believe that this was added as
an afterthought so much as it feels like it was a place where there
was going to be some questing and they did not get around to adding
it? It is a very small Tomb with a What You See Is What You Get feel
to it, though you should be able to have a nice Mummy Battle here as
well as find some loot...
-- The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut --
The first thing you should know is that
they did not make up that name -- there really was a Queen called
that in ancient Egypt! Gotta love it that the game is peppered with
real-world factoids, right?
This is one of the rare Tombs where you
really cannot get into it unless you are doing its associated quest
-- In Search of Love -- but if you are interested you should read up
on the real Queen online, because the quest line actually relates to
This is a two-parter but as you work
through the quests you will clear it out -- sadly it is not a source
for really great loot, but you should be sure you get The Sigil of
Queen Hatshepsut before you leave.
-- Tomb of Discovery --
Part of the Business Abroad quest
series, you will obtain The Sigil of the Tomb of Discovery here
concealed behind a hidden wall, as well as some moderately valuable
loot. This is not a complicated Tomb, in fact it appears to be the
training Tomb for this region, which is why you encounter it sooner
than the others.
-- Special Locations --
In addition to the regular Tombs there
are a few locations that you need to explore while you are here, as
they have items you will want... They are:
The Temple of
While you are working your way through
the Business Abroad series of quests you will find yourself coming
here -- this is where you obtain The Sigil of the Criminal
Headquarters, so be sure you search the chest at the end in the
process of clearing the rooms.
1 Quarry View Place
The Sigil of James Vaughn Command
Center is obtained here, as well as some other items of loot, and you
will arrive here as part of the Nefarious Intentions quests. While
I have made considerable effort not to include any spoilers in the
guide, the puzzle here can be very frustrating, so I sort of have to
help you... Basically you need to search for the three codes in the
house: one is in the bookcase, one is in the stereo, and the last is
in the toilet -- these three are basically the codes that you need to
gain access to the floors below, and that is all that you need to
7 Marketview Place
You will not get far here without
Pangu's Axe -- but since you have that, no worries mates! You get
taken here during the Trapped at Home quest, but this is another
simple WYSIWYG destination, so do not be disappointed when you find
it is not a loot-filled treasure fest.
20 West Riverview Place
This is one of the destinations that is
late in the Business Abroad quest series, and when you get inside
look for the hidden latch to gain full access... Be sure you obtain
The Sigil of the Ancient Library before you depart, and clear each
room as there are some desirable items/Relics here.
-- Area Quests --
The quests that I flagged are organized
below by series -- there may actually be quests that I did not get
offered, so take the list that follows to be as complete as I could
make it but there may be one or two I never was offered, just saying:
-- Business Abroad --
Wow was this a long and drawn out quest
series... It also happens to likely be the first one your Sim will
get here -- but it eventually leads you to a lot of locations, where
you obtain several Sigils, as well as some decent loot, so it is not
to be missed mates.
At the risk of spoiling some of this,
it will help you if you prepare for this quest series by making sure
that your Charisma is leveled (actually it should be leveled enough
considering the quests you did in China even if you did not do France
before Egypt) -- and you should lay in a supply of Mummitomium as
well, particularly during the quest phase for it since it includes
markers on the map for it... Assuming that you complete this quest
line you will find it to be one of the most rewarding as far as Visa
Points go for the region.
-- Cursed! --
Yeah, this is the quest that most
Simmers dread getting, because it means that they failed a battle
with a Mummy and ended up being cursed... If you leveled Athletics
and Martial Arts you may never actually get this one flagged, but if
you do, you are in for a small adventure. I do not want to ruin
that, and no worries, this is intentionally made simple to follow in
the game as it is really about curing the Curse and not so much
confusing you :)
Sphinx of Egypt
-- Trapped at Home --
This short quest is how you are
directed to the special location 7 Marketview Place, which is a
simple WYSIWYG Tomb but you will need Pangu's Axe for it, so if you
did not do China first, well, you are not going to do this!
-- Tomb Tours --
This is one of the Visa-Point-Centric
quests that basically involves being a tourist and visiting the
different sites, for which you are rewarded, but what it is really
about is showing you where everything is without being really obvious
about that. Actually it was pretty cool of them to do that, since
it translates into exploration rewards!
-- In Search of Love --
This quest takes you to The Temple of
Queen Hatshepsut, where you will obtain The Sigil of Queen Hatshepsut
and some Relics. If you have the time you should Google the Queen,
as she was an interesting person... The instructions for this one
are fairly straight forward and the first 2/3 will go very fast...
The last 1/3? Not so much.