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The game board

In the Tomb of Semerkhet Lara has to play a round of Senet, the game of 'passing', the most popular, known board game in ancient Egypt.

"To win the game, get all your pieces off the board by landing them on the final ankh square. On your turn spin the sticks. Your throw is the number of white sides showing. If no white sides show, your throw is a six. If you throw a six or land on an ankh square you get an extra turn. If you land on an opponent's piece, it is returned to the start."

In an alcove above the board Lara will find the controls for the game. There is a row of 4 white tiles. She has to spin them to roll the dice. By stepping onto one of the three coloured platforms you can decide which piece will be moved.


The full name of the game in Egyptian was the "game of passing", which refers to the tradition of placing Senet boards inside graves, alongside other objects, in order to help the deceased's soul in his journey through the afterlife.