This is a budget title and budget games have a preordained right to have an element of tackiness, right? Wrong. Since the dawn of time it seems that only one out of every fifteen new budget titles were good, and it looks like staying that way on the Amiga.
I don't think I've seen more than ten titles that could be counted as cheap on any 16 bit machine, and the only one I really had any time for was Sidewinder, and as hard as it may be to say Mafdet is definitely not one of those elite bunch of hot cheapos.
Set in Egypt (is this dejà vu or have I written this before?) you play the part of the cat goddess Mafdett who is trying to recover the Book of the Dead which has been stolen by the evil god Seth (what next, the Great Herman?) and unless it is recovered no Egyptian will be able to enter the after
Being a god Mafdet can transform into a cat as well as her normal human form (a woman the size of a Russian shot
The general playing area is large, and I found myself noticing a new exit from the screens just as I thought I was stuck. Some exits are too low to allow the woman to pass through until you run into them with the cat. Other times a hole in the floor is the best way through.
The graphics are really large, though the animation and definition fail to make any lasting impact. As well as not being exactly too pretty to look at the main character is also impossible to control accurately.
Mafdet is depressing to play, it's not that cheap and it most definitely isn't cheerful.