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Video Game / The Mummy Mystery

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Little Monster Private Eye is back!

Little Monster: To the mysterious land of Egypt on the double, Detective!
Kerploppus: Righty-o, Chief Inspector!

The Mummy Mystery: Starring Little Monster Private Eye is a point-and-click children's game made by Infogrames in 2001. It stars Little Monster Private Eye and his faithful talking Kerploppus that is simply called "Detective Kerploppus," created by Mercer Mayer (whom also created Little Critter, and the game was produced and released at the same time as a similar game featuring Little Critter was made, Little Critter and the Great Race). It is more or less a straight-forward Adventure Game compared to the game it preceded, The Smelly Mystery.

The story involves Little Monster Private Eye and Detective Kerploppus being called onto a case where Professor Pickle is stuck at the Tomb of Thanxfurnuten.

Tropes in The Mummy Mystery:

  • All There in the Manual: In the game, there is a book that details the backstory about Thanxfurnuten.
  • Animation Bump: The character animation in this game is much smoother than its' predecessor. In addition to the cutscenes, animated sprites of Little Monster, Kerploppus and the other characters are utilized in many screens.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Thanxfurnuten sounds like the name of a Pharaoh but it is actually "Thanks for nothin'".
  • Bond Gun Barrel: Parodied in the opening titles, with Little Monster firing a water pistol.
  • Call-Back:
    • Detective Kerploppus answers the phone and says "Little Monster Private Eye headquarters. Detective Kerploppus speaking."
    • Little Monster tells the caller that they will arrive in two shakes of a toad's tail.
    • Little Monster and Detective Kerploppus do the "after you" gag near the museum.
  • Catchphrase: Detective Kerploppus's "Righty-o, Chief Inspector!"
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Little Monster and Detective Kerploppus don't mention the events of the Smelly Mystery or the identity of the Evil Smell Switcher.
  • Extremely Short Time Span: The game mostly takes place in one day.
  • Finale Title Drop: Little Monster said the title at the very end of the game.
  • Free-Range Children: Little Monster is supposedly a kid, and yet he is allowed to go all the way to Egypt to solve a mystery without adult supervision.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Little Monster and Detective Kerploppus have to find all five magic rings to unlock the tomb.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: Many objects found in the game end up useful later on in the game.
  • Mini-Game: The mugshot game.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: One path has a ring in the Nile Shrine, with a hungry crocodile in the way. Feeding it with a spicy kebab will get it to leave.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Detective Kerploppus's voice is clearly based off Sean Connery.
  • Oh, Crap!: Professor Pickle's reaction when he sees that the door of the tomb is closing.
  • Pun: Little Monster commented that the professor has gotten himself in a pickle.
  • Riddling Sphinx: The duo encounter one that gives them an idea to put in an item to get one of the five rings.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: This sequel to the Smelly Mystery game takes place in Egypt.
  • Shout-Out: Detective Kerploppus mentions seeing a movie called Monsterblanca.
  • Stock Audio Clip:
    • Professor Pickle describing the Tomb of Thanxfurnuten has been recycled in the end.
    • There are generic Hanna-Barbera Stock Sound Effects heard once the scarabs are found.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Even though Little Monster is presumably a kid, he has a low-pitched adult man's voice, and it sounds quite jarring.