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Tutankham Tutankham - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Tutankham - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You are an explorer, running through a maze, trying to get keys and other objects that will allow you to get the treasure and exit to the next maze. Two-joystick game -- one for movement, one fires right and left ONLY. Also has "flash" bomb -- like smart bomb. A unique game but very difficult!

Tutankham was produced by Stern/Konami in 1982.

Stern/Konami released only 1 machine in our database under this trade name. Stern/Konami was based in United States.

Other machines made by Stern/Konami during the time period Tutankham was produced include:


Name Tutankham
Developer Stern/Konami (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10227
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class Konami Classic
Game Specific Tutankham Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Tutankham Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

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

Game Introduction

In this game, you play an explorer who searches through King Tut's tomb to find his treasures while fighting off various creatures who guard the tomb as you find your way through the catacombs.

The game has four different stages where you must help the explorer find four different treasures including a map, an urn, a chest of gold and jewels and finally the golden death mask. The game has rather spooky, Egyptian-style background music.

Game Play

You must guide the explorer through the maze of each stage. There are several different creatures who constantly materialize from random areas of the maze and attack including asps, vultures, parrots, bats, dragons and curses. Those creatures can be destroyed to score 20, 40 and even 60 points with bullets or a "flash bomb" which destroys all enemies on the screen. "flash bombs" can only be used once per stage or each of them can be used for later stages.

On each stage, the explorer must pick up keys worth 500 points each in order to unlock the doors worth 1000 points eachto the rooms where each of the treasures are kept but he can only carry one at a time. The first stage only has two doors to unlock but the other three each have three doors to unlock. The explorer can also collect rings and crowns from random parts of the maze that are worth from 500 to 4000 points each.

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.

Each maze has a map at the top of the screen that helps you know how far the explorer is from each treasure room. Each stage has has a time limit and if you run out of time, you will run out of bullets, so you must try to collect all keys and unlock all doors to recover the treasure before time runs out. Once the explorer has unlock all doors and recovered a treasure, a bonus score is rewarded for the treasure. Points are also scored the time that is left over on each stage. Afterwards, the explorer proceeds to the next stage.

Each treasure has different point values. You get no points at all for the map, but you get 1000 points for the urn, 2000 points for the chest of gold and jewels and 5000 points for the golden death mask. After you have recovered all four of King Tut's treasures, the game starts over again with increased difficulty.

Tutankham KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.48 (5 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.04

Overall Like 3.80
Fun (Social) 2.20
Fun (Solo) 3.40
Collector Desire 2.00

Technical Rating: 3.98

Gameplay 4.75
Graphics 3.80
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 3.40

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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There is an option to let players carry over unused "flashes" instead of just allowing one per maze. This can be extremely helpful in later stages. If you are stuck in a maze when the counter runs out, you run out of bullets.

The game's title "Tutankham" is a misspelling of "Tutankhamen", the full name of the famous pharoah or king of Ancient Egypt who is popularly called King Tut. Tutankhamen was also called The Boy Pharoah because he was only eight or nine years old when he became king and he ruled for about nine years sometime around 1300 B.C. until his death at the age of only seventeen or eighteen, it was believed that he was probably poisoned. His tomb was discovered in the early 1920's where all his treasures including his famous golden death mask were found and are now on display at The Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt. This video game is presumably based on the discovery of his tomb, only more imaginary than realistic.

Cabinet Information

Cool swords on side of dedicated cab.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Tutankham Census

There are 14,817 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,868 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 162 known instances of this machine owned by Tutankham collectors who are active members. Of these, 108 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 51 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Tutankham machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Tutankham circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 6 active VAPS members currently looking for Tutankham.

This game ranks a 39 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 10 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]



The game uses a 6809 microprocessor, a Z80 microprocessor, and two AY-3-8910 PSGs for sound.


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 147; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 147; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright (alternate)
  2. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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