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Voice of the Mummy

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Voice of the Mummy was the best board game ever created by the MILTON BRADLEY company, and was a ground-breaking product back in 1971. It had a three-level pyramidal board centered around a large, detailed sarcophagus that spoke to the players when a switch was flipped. Inside was a miniature record player, and each side of the record containing twenty randomized instructions for the players to follow. My family and I spent many hours listening to the spooky voice telling us to avoid the Slimy Snails of Arro, the One-Eyed Giant Mandrill, the Unholy Snakes of Amon, or death from the Screeching Green Pestilence.

Unfortunately, my game is over forty years old now, and the record player hasn’t worked for many, many years. Rather than paying someone to fix it, I decided to make a little iPhone app to play the randomized messages in its place — and here we are. I found recordings of the messages on VoiceOfTheMummy.com, cleaned them up appropriately for an iPhone device, and wrapped them in an app that showcases an image of that awesome sarcophagus centerpiece.

HOW TO USE THIS APP

Tap or flip the switch in the middle to play a single randomized message whenever a player lands on a mummy-head space: Mummy head space Once all six precious jewels are removed from the top-level tier of the playing board and an explorer has landed on one of the two play spaces that captures the Cobra Spell and the Great Jewel, long-press to bring up the menu (press the screen and hold your finger until the menu appears) and choose “Begin Part II of the Game” to go from Part I, Side A (shown with the Great Jewel and the Cobra Spell): Side A Screenshot showing cobra spell and great jewel to Part II, Side B (without the Great Jewel or Spell): Side A Screenshot showing cobra spell and great jewel missing Alternatively, tap on the little circled-“i” icon in the corner to display the menu.

Best played using an external Bluetooth speaker paired to your iOS device — place the speaker in the overturned game box under the board for maximum effect. However, an external speaker is not necessary; simply crank the volume on your phone and pass it around. The screen won’t go to sleep while the app is in the foreground.

And now using this app, folks who are hearing challenged can enjoy playing the game, too! The Settings for this app include a switch for turning on the “closed captioning” feature, which displays the text transcription on the screen as the audible instructions play: Playing with closed-caption turned on

THE GAME ITSELF IS NOT INCLUDED on the iPhone or iPad versions of the app — this is a very important point. The app merely provides the “voice” for an existing physical board game whose record player has long-since given up the ghost. With this app, you won’t have to pay a premium for a working version on eBay. The AppleTV app starting with version 2.0 does have a limited game-play version that requires the players within the room to pass the remote around to take their individual turns.

FAQ

I forgot how to play the game and donʻt have the instructions sheet that originally came with the game. How do I play?
Iʻve transcribed the instructions sheet for the game on this site as well.
How do I change the record from Side A to Side B?
Press and hold your finger on the display until the menu appears, and choose “Begin Part II of the Game” from the available items.

Version History

  • Version 2.0 - Add instructions for the game. Require iOS10 minimum. tvOS app provides limited game-play option. Released on Oct 23, 2018
  • Version 1.3 - Small UI tweaks and bug fixes. Added a tvOS option, too! Released on Oct 8, 2017
  • Version 1.2 - Update for iOS11. Released on Oct 2, 2017
  • Version 1.1 - Fixed bug where closed-caption bubble didn’t automatically go away. Added little circled-“i” button to bring up the “Flip Record” menu. Released on Feb 1, 2017
  • Version 1.0 - Initial Release. Released on Aug 18, 2016

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