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Inca Curse

Artic Computing, Paxman Promotions, Real Software 1981

Adventure B, The Temple Curse, Inca Treasure
Charles Cecil info, Richard Turner
Amstrad CPC info, Android, C64/128 info, Spectrum, ZX81
Treasure hunt
Adventure series [1: Planet of Death, 2: Inca Curse, 3: Ship of Doom, 4: Espionage Island, 5: Golden Apple, The, 6: Eye of Bain, The, 7: Ground Zero, 8: Robin Hood]
Nick Hardy Adventures [1: Inca Curse, 2: Planet of Death, 3: Espionage Island]
Entered by:
Gunness, jdyer, Strident, THayes



The aim is to explore an Incan temple in order to find golden treasures. There are eight treasures and only six items can be carried in the inventory, so the correct treasures must be collected in order to leave the temple with the maximum score.


Although usually not credited as such, Charles Cecil mentioned Richard Turner as co-author.

The publication history of this game is fairly complex...

It was originally released for ZX80 and ZX81 by Artic as Adventure B in 1981, and was ported to the ZX Spectrum. Artic later used the subtitle Inca Curse as the main title of the game. The game was also released in Sinclair-branded packaging for the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum.

The original 1981 ZX81 version of this game was subtitled Inca Treasure rather than Inca Curse.

The Amstrad CPC version was ported by Dollarsoft and published by Paxman Promotions. The C64 version was initially published in a "basic" version and lated ported and the text expanded by A.W.J. Adam using The Quill.

The Quill'ed C64 version was later published in the U.S. by Real Software as The Temple Curse, as part of the Nick Hardy Adventures.

A C64 version of this game exists with the title Doomtunnel by "Ivysoft" but appears to be merely a cracked version of the original Artic release, with the title screen changed.

An unofficial web version was written in C# by Rinus Callenbach in 2013, using the ASP.NET MVC framework; playable here.

An official Android version of the game, coded by Lee Parker, was released in 2020 through the Pixel Games UK label of the current rights holder.

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Exemptus (20-02-2023 23:11)

Historically valuable, but so badly designed and coded that it is even more valuable as an example of what *not* to do.