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Make your way through a number of rooms in a pyramid, collecting treasures while avoiding and killing enemies. You have a limited amount of whips, but more can be purchased at special sales along the way.

Lost Tomb was produced by Stern Electronics in 1983.

Stern Electronics released 67 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Stern Electronics was based in United States.

Other machines made by Stern Electronics during the time period Lost Tomb was produced include: Orbitor 1, Cue, Dragonfist, Frenzy, Dark Planet, Great Guns, Mazer Blazer, Cliff Hanger, Goal To Go, and Great Guns


Name Lost Tomb
Developer Stern Electronics (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8456
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class Konami Classic
Game Specific Lost Tomb Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Lost Tomb Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way - Move
  • Joystick: 8-way - Fire
  • Buttons: 1 - Whip
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

You must work your way through a pyramid of rooms. You start at the top one and work your way down to the exit room on the bottom.

As you enter each room it expands to full screen to allow you to fight your way through to the exit door. You have to avoid getting touched by any of the creatures in the room as you pick up treasure.

Your special weapon to use in this game is called "Whip". You have a limited supply of these of course and they allow you to clear an area surrounding you when you are getting into trouble or want to wipe out part of a wall.

Game Play

The game begins when your man lands on a South American pyramid. He then must run down and through a maze of rooms and hallways to find "a big surprise" at the base. You are given options throughout the game, depending upon which rooms you want to enter. After you have chosen your path, you have to pick up treasures, kill all the monsters in your way, find the key and exit the room as fast as you can, avoiding the potential of setting off an earthquake. Besides the ability to shoot, you have a Whip button, which knocks down any walls in your way and kills all creatures in the area. You are limited to three whips per room, although can can collect more on the way.

After you leave a room, you will be in a hallway, where you will have to run as fast as you can down some stairs and into another room before a bunch of vampire bats kill you. This alone is one of the most difficult parts of the game, but if you can get past it, it is on to the next stage. Be careful here, because there are "throne rooms" and if you veer off the path into one of them, you are done for.

Continue collecting treasures and try to stay alive.

Lost Tomb KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

At the end you get their profound thanks for playing their game. Then you get 50 whips, 100,000 points, and a buncha extra lives. But why? Yoy already won, right? Well the big suprize is "WATCH OUT FOR THE STERN/KONAMI VULTURE. IF HE GETS YOU HE WILL PUT YOU BACK IN ROOM 1" "A A R R G G H H ! !" Yes the game starts over, with your huge amount of whips and extra lives, but at least you keep you score.

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The most unusual feature in this game is a false advertisement that appears during the demo of this game. A graphic reads: "And now a word from our sponsor" flashing on the screen, and the machine offering to sell you 99 whips for 25 cents a bargain, if you are going to do some serious playing, but also an indication of how expensive this machine can be.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Lost Tomb Census

There are 14,839 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,922 machines (6,919 unique titles).

Common - There are 41 known instances of this machine owned by Lost Tomb collectors who are active members. Of these, 18 of them are original dedicated machines. 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 19 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Lost Tomb machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Lost Tomb circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 3 active VAPS members currently looking for Lost Tomb.

This game ranks a 11 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 135; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 135; Color photo

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