Tutankham
"Born in Arizona, moved to Babylona, King Tut". Remember those less than immortal words from funny man, Steve Martin (back when he was funny)? Well, this game has nothing to do with that. But I thought it would be fun to start with that anyway. I guess the point I am trying to make is much like the old, stand up Steve Martin, Tutankham the game is pretty much forgotten. A piece of the past, mostly forgotten. But where Steve Martin went from singing about King Tut to becoming a huge movie star and starring in a bunch of dreck films, Tutankham's only claim to fame is that it is a very rare game for the Intellivision and highly sought after.

Why this fun little game is forgotten is beyond me. I was the champ at this game at my local arcade (considering no one played it, made it that much easier). I always found the game quite enjoyable, but I was in the minority.
But enough about my memories, let us look at the game.

Tutankham is the story of an archeologist who goes into the Egyptian tombs in search of treasure. While there is treasure to find, there is also a ton of guardians who want to have you join them in the eternal slumber. There are crows, snakes, dragons and these strange creatures that look alot like flying peanuts. While this may sound funny, these little buggers are quick and very tough! They will waste you faster than you can say "peanut butter". Your goal is to make your way through the maze and grab treasure and the keys you need to move onto the next tomb.

There is one minor problem that keeps you from easily defeating this game. You can only shoot to the left and right. So if a creature come from the top or bottom, it is too bad. So you need a little strategy to make sure you are not sitting out in the open. But you do get one bomb per guy that works like a smart bomb in Defender and clears all the creatures off the screen. Nice way to make a clear path to the exit!

The game has a fair share of bad guys and lots of different treasures, including special ones at the end of each level. The music is very effective and the action is continuous. I cannot see why this game was so ignored as it is a very enjoyable little game. Give it a whirl and see if you agree. Who knows, it may make you break out one of Steve Martin's old albums and listen to him sing "King Tut". Then again, it may not.

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.

 

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