Tutankham

For: Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Commodore VIC-20

Genres

Main Genre:
Action
Sub-Genre:
Coin-Op Conversion
Perspective:
3rd-Person , Top-Down

Overview

Arcade version of Tutankham
Arcade version of Tutankham
Tutankham is an action game originally developed for arcades by Konami in 1982 and later ported to several home computers and game consoles. In the game players control an archeologist in King Tut's tomb with the goal of earning points by locating treasures. The tomb is mazelike and filled with dangerous creatures making the search hazardous. There are a total of four chambers to explore, each containing valuable treasures.

Gameplay

Players control an archeologist in the maze-like tomb beginning in the first of four chambers. Each chamber contains a primary treasure that needs to be collected to continue on to the next chamber as well as many other treasures which can optionally be collected for bonus points. Additionally, each chamber contains one or more locked doors; to get through the doors, players first need to locate a key which is hidden somewhere in the maze. Each chamber contains several secret passageways and will transport players from one part of the maze to another. The passageways are sometimes necessary to reach another part of the chamber and also can be used to evade enemy creatures. Once all four chambers have been completed, the game repeats at a higher level of difficulty.

Various types of enemies guard each chamber; these include snakes, giant bats, condors, jackels, killer moths, and many more. Throughout the tomb are nests which is where the different enemies spawn from; the nests can not be destroyed, so there is potentially an unlimited number of enemies that can appear so players need to keep progressing through the maze. Players have two types of weapons to help out; the first is a laser gun. The laser gun can fire either right or left (but not up and down) to shoot the various creatures. It has a limited amount of ammo; a time band displayed on the screen indicates for how much longer the laser gun will fire (it is restarted when beginning a new chamber). Secondly players are armed with a laser flash; limited to just three uses, the laser flash will destroy all of the creatures currently visible on the screen. Players begin with three lives, and the game ends when all lives are lost.

Credits

System: Atari 2600
Programmed by: Dave Engman, Dawn Stockbridge

Pictures

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Arcade Version
Commodore Vic-20 Version

Documentation

Instruction Manual
ColecoVision
Instruction Manual
Commodore VIC-20

Marketing

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