Tutankham

Tutankham

Platform:

Arcade

Developer:

Konami

Date of Release:

1982

Notes:

Released in 1982, Tutankham (which was only not called Tutankhamen because, literally, it couldn’t be made to easily fit on the cabinet), is a classical shooting monsters and walking around a maze game, where the goal is to survive and escape, while looting as much of Tut’s tomb as possible.

The historical accuracy in this game is low, clearly, and while the player is not explicitly stated to be an archaeologist, it’s implied. Archaeology largely exists in this game as a “flavor”, something to create an aesthetic and narrative. It’s important, however, as a part of the canon of archaeological representation in games because it’s the first game that referenced known historic periods and historic and archaeologically affiliated personages.