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This game for Commodore 64 is the port of Tutankham, an arcade game developed by Konami in 1982.

The game works perfectly on both PAL and NTSC models. However, for game speeds similar to the original arcade game, it is suggested using an NTSC model.

Overview
In this game, the player controls an explorer who is robbing Tutankhamun's tomb. The player will search for precious treasures (maps, lamps, chests of gold & jewels, and, above all, the golden mask of King Tut) and fight off the various creatures that guard the tomb to ultimately find the way through the catacombs.

Gameplay
The player must guide the explorer through a series of progressively more difficult mazes across different stages. The explorer may move in four directions, but can only fire in two directions, left and right, making the player helpless in vertical shafts. There are also "warp zones" located in random parts of each maze that allow the explorer to be teleported from one area of the maze to another. There are several different creatures that constantly materialize from "spawning zones" within the maze and attack, including crows, snakes, bats, dragons, and other magical beings. Those creatures can be destroyed to score between 20 and 60 points with either bullets or a "flash bomb". The explorer has a single "flash bomb" per life that destroys all enemies on the screen. On each stage, the explorer must pick up keys in order to unlock the door to the room where each of the treasures are kept, allowing the passage to the next stage. Along the way, the explorer may grab optional treasures (rings and coffers) for bonus points. If the timer reaches zero, the player's ability to fire is removed. Bonus points are awarded based on the amount of extra time left over when a stage is completed. After the player has recovered the King Tut's treasures in all the stages, the game starts over again with increased difficulty and more keys to pick up.

At 30000 points the player earns an extra life.

Options
There are 4 difficulty levels to choose from: Novice, Medium, Hard, Expert. The Hard level roughly corresponds to the Easy level of the original arcade game, while the Expert level corresponds to the Normal arcade level.

There are also 2 fire modes:
A) When you press fire, the left and right bullets are fired simultaneously.
B) To fire the bullet on the left, press fire and move the joystick lever to the left (the explorer does not change direction). To shoot right, press fire and move the lever to the right.

Controls
Joystick lever: move the explorer
Fire button: shoot
Spacebar: detonate the flash bomb

While playing, press F7 to pause or F1 to stop the game and go back to the title.

While the top scores are showing, press F1 to reset the ranking.

StatusReleased
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(4)
AuthorLC-Games
GenreAction
Tags2D, Arcade, Commodore 64, maze, Pixel Art, Remake, Retro, Singleplayer
Average sessionA few minutes
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Joystick

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Luca ho l'impressione ci sia qualcosa che non va sulla difficoltà Novice, lo spawn rate dei mostri alla fine del livello 1 mi sembra maggiore che nella modalità Medium. A Novice non riesco quasi mai a finire il livello 1, a Medium lo passo al primo tentativo!

Le uniche differenze fra i vari livelli di difficoltà sono il numero massimo di nemici per ogni stage e la loro velocità. Tra l'altro, al primo stage il numero massimo di nemici è sempre di 5, indipendentemente dal livello di difficoltà. Lo spawn rate dei nemici rimane invece invariato fra un livello di difficoltà e l'altro. Per l'esattezza, i primi 8 nemici si formano ad una frequenza alta (quella che io chiamo "ondata"), mentre i 12 successivi si formano uno ogni 2 secondi. Poi il ciclo ricomincia e si ripete per tutto il resto della partita. Io e mio fratello abbiamo fatto diversi tentativi ai livelli Novice e Medium e non abbiamo notato nulla di strano. Evidentemente, per qualche motivo, quando tu arrivi verso la fine del primo stage al livello Novice ti ritrovi nel mezzo di un'ondata (quindi risulta più difficile), mentre quando ci arrivi al livello Medium ti trovi durante la fase di calma. Io personalmente, quando mi trovo durante un'ondata, oppure quando so che sta per cominciare, mi posiziono in un punto relativamente sicuro e uccido tutti i nemici aspettando che l'ondata passi.

interessante, riproverò facendo caso al numero di nemici distrutti. In ogni caso complimenti per l’ottima conversione 

Ti ringrazio molto!

A fantastic port of the arcade game I loved to hate.  I'm terrible at it, but just find it so difficult not to play.  Only one thing, I found this bug during one of my session (see video at the end of my blog entry)....

https://www.my64.in.nf/doku.php?id=blog:2022-03-03

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So... the game has been heavily tested by three different people and this has never happened. Analyzing the code thoroughly I find nothing wrong. Have you tried my original version or one of the cracked ones?

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Got it right from here.  Played it on WinVice 3.1 x86 (in NTSC mode).  It hasn't happened since, though.  It might have been just a fluke.

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Emulators are programs and as such they can contain bugs. Just see the long list of "Known bugs" on the VICE website. Also, version 3.1 is now a bit old, as they have reached 3.6.

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Quite right.  Most probably a VICE issue, since you've checked and double checked the game code.

wow :-) I was a fan of Vic20 version - I really liked this port - congratulations .-D

Thanks so much! Grazie mille!

I enjoyed this one - thank you.  Well worth buying...

Thank you very much! And I liked your video!

You could support the two buttons of the Cheetah Annihilator 😊

I have been concerned to only support the vast majority of joysticks, which of course only have one button.

Consider that the original arcade game didn't have two buttons but a second joystick to shoot either left or right.

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Now this is a nice surprise.

Amongst all the butthurt snowflake devs (Arlasoft, cough - Galaxians was cool, but banning me for saying do we really need another Berzerk port? Not cool) and bad crap released (Turdle, and other shovelware like SEUCK) on C64 there is always stuff like this which gives me faith in it again, thanks.

PS:  Tutankham, Bagman Returns and LadyPac are all top notch arcade tier, you are a treasure (unlike SOME I know who just stroke their egos)

Thank you so much for your appreciation of my games!

gracias por el juego

¡Es un placer!

Mamma mia che bravoni i Carminati... :O

Grazie mille, omonimo!

Good work ! Greetings and thanks.

Thank you for appreciation!

It was always really weird that the C64 didn't have a version of this game when Parker Bros brought it to so many other formats, but it was worth waiting the extra 35 years for this stunning recreation. It's got to be in with a shout as the most accurate C64 arcade port ever.

Thank you very much for the compliments!

Guess I’ll be playing on Expert as I’m used to Normal difficulty on the arcade heh…

You have to be a master then! Have fun!

Great work! Regarding the NTSC/PAL speed thing, for Galaxian I just call the game loop twice every 6th frame on PAL. Might be tricky when scrolling is involved but I'm currently working on a game with vertical scrolling and calling the game loop twice seems to work fine. 

Thanks for the compliment and for the speed tip on PAL. It seems like a simple and effective solution, although probably not always applicable. In my case, however, I'm not sure I want to give up the smoothness and regularity of the movement, especially when scrolling is involved. However, I will take this into account eventually for future games.

Yeah, before I implemented it I thought it would be noticeable, but it isn't, even when scrolling. It would seem the brain can't tell an object (or the screen) has moved twice as far in a frame, it just perceives the overall average speed. 

Looks like you're scrolling a big area in this game though so I guess there might not be enough time to copy all the data.

Oh yes, in Tutankham's case it would not be possible for me to apply your "trick" due to the time used by scrolling.

Also, if a sprite moves exactly 1 pixel each frame (like carts or elevators in Bagman Comes Back), I can perceive a less smooth movement if every 6 frames the sprite moves instead of 2 pixels (I just tried).

In some situations, however, I may decide to apply your idea.

Thanks again.

Awesome game!


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I agree. It's a good arcade port after all , and not the X-th SEUCK or Scene-tier "game" full of fecal language or other sh!t (Roysterini, cough cough).

Thanks so much !!!

Ci giocavo sul Vic 20, non pensavo che non ci fosse per il C64 prima di questa release che a prima vista sembra fatta davvero molto bene

Il fatto che questo gioco non ci fosse per il C64 è stato uno dei motivi che mi ha spinto a realizzarlo.

Idea meravigliosa, grazie!

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Speriamo sia molto apprezzato, anzi ne sono sicuro.

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Grazie per il tifo !!!