Scooby Doo – Jinx At The Sphinx

Genre: Adventure, Childrens
Release Year: 2001
Developer: Learning Company
Publisher: Mindscape
Age Rating: Everyone
Playability Status: Perfect
Tested On: Windows 8 x64
Availability: Copyright retained - Out of print/unavailable

It’s a spooktacular adventure for Scooby and his friends down in darkest Egypt! When the mystery machine rolls up at the great pyramids, you know that mummies and monsters can’t be far away. This time the groovy gang and their Great Dane are visiting Velma’s cousin Thelma, who’s been snooping around some ancient tombs. By the time they arrive, Thelma is already missing and a spooky mummy is chasing away all the tourists. Can you help Scooby and his friends solve this mystery or will you just run off to your own mummy?


While the games installer does work on modern versions of Windows, it insists on installing version 5 of Apple Quicktime. This movie playback software is obsolete and installing such an old version may even cause issues on more modern hardware. Luckily, there’s an easy workaround. Simply explore the Scooby Doo CD-ROM and open the “Jinx” sub folder. Now, copy all the files from this folder to any convenient location on your PC (C:\Games\Scooby Doo – Jinx At The Sphinx for instance). You can now start the game by running “Scooby.exe” by double clicking on it. Remember that the Scooby Doo – Jinx At The Sphinx CD-ROM must stay in your computers optical drive while you play.

Because we manually copied the game from the disc to the computer, no shortcut will appear on the Start menu or Start screen. If you need a shortcut to the game to make it easier for a younger player to start it, you can right click on the Scooby.exe file and choose “Send To -> Desktop (Create Shortcut)”. You can also add a shortcut on your Start menu by following this tutorial.

There aren’t any other settings to configure for this game, so you can go right ahead and start solving the mystery.

Save games

The game saves the players progress in a folder called “Jinx At The Sphinx” which is stored under a sub-folder called “The Learning Company”. You can find this folder in your personal documents folder. Therefore, on most PCs you can find the save game folder at “C:\Users\(your username)\Documents\The Learning Company\Jinx At The Sphinx”.

Groovy Goodies

There are a number of extras on the CD, though they aren’t all that groovy in our opinion. If you want to get access to them, you can find them on the games CD-ROM under “INSTALL\Data”. There’s a “poster” for the game and a users guide as well as a short trailer for a Scooby Doo movie called “Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase”. The movie trailer should open without any additional software installed, but the manual and the poster will require Adobe Reader or another program capable of opening PDF documents.


Solving a tricky puzzle!

Solving a tricky puzzle!

The gang's all here.

The gang’s all here.

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