Scarabaeus (Commodore 64)

Game

Scarabaeus (Invaders of the Lost Tomb in the US) is a 3D search, puzzle-solving and survival game developed by Andromeda Software and published in 1985 by Ariolasoft for the Commodore 64.

AliasInvaders of the Lost Tomb
Year1985
GenreAction
Rating4.5 (4.5)10
PublisherAriolasoft
DeveloperAndromeda Software
Updated24 November 2017
TAGShorror puzzle-solving maze 3d 1st-person egyptian

Game Review

Scarabaeus (Invaders of the Lost Tomb in the US) is a 3D search, puzzle-solving and survival game developed by Andromeda Software and published in 1985 by Ariolasoft for the Commodore 64.

The game, designed by David Bishop (Disney's Aladdin, Wonderland, and more) is really unique and it has a very interesting gameplay. After the cinematic intro, you enter the Pharoah's Lost Tomb, where you will have to find the Sacred emerald Scarabaeus. Inside the maze you can move forward, turn right and left with your joystick. It's worth to notice that turning left and right does not generate a 90° rotation, such as in Dungeon Master or Eye of the Beholder. Instead you rotate by 15°, so that 6 movements are required to turn completely. This create a 3D feeling that is much more realistic. Going back with the joystick will show you the map, useful to see the position of the ghost that you have to catch to get the hieroglyphs.

You can move to the other levels (all mazes of different sizes) using an elevator that must be activated rotating the joystick. On the other levels you will have to avoid spiders, zombies and solve puzzles in the alcoves, collecting medicines and finally the Pharaon's key, required to access the final level. All the puzzles are connected, making the plot really engaging.

Scarabaeus received a rating of 96% in issue 8 of Zzap!64 magazine and it's still an amazing game today.



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