Adventure of the Mummy Head is a cancelled game that was in development by Taito for PC Engine around 1991. The title was advertised in a few gaming magazines at the time, but as far as we know they never showed any screenshot, just artwork of the main protagonist. In one of these ads there’s a short description in Japanese: if you can translate it, please let us know in the comments below!
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Alright, I’m a super amateur here, but I’m going to give translating this is a shot.
I believe the text ABOVE the logo is saying something about:
On Friday the 13th in December, a great Evil King is going to return. If you don’t put a stop to it, the Earth won’t be able to handle his return
The paragraph of text UNDER the logo is saying something like/about:
In December 199X, a mysterious castle appeared in New York(?)… something about a irrational/crazy world (I can’t tell if that’s if it CAME from a crazy world, or if it’s turning our world crazy)… Luckily, the amusing/charming(?) mummy of justice Promi(?) appeared too… There’s only 6 Days until Friday the 13th (so y’know, get going to save the Earth)
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Thanks for the translation Flynn! that’s good enough to have an idea of what this could have been about :O
I’m a year late but here’s my shot at fully translating these.
– First Image –
Text above title: If you don’t stop the revived Demon Lord by Friday, December 13th, you won’t be able to do “that” any more.
Note: could also be read as “on Friday, December 13th” instead of “by”
Paragraph below the title: On December 199X, the Demon Lord’s castle suddenly appears in New York. Its appearance turns the world into an insane place brimming with ghosts, but then, the mummy of justice, Brom the 2nd appears! Just 6 days until Friday, December 13th. Come on! Fight for the Earth!
Big text with dots: Coming Soon
The text at the very bottom just says “Taito Corporation” and has their contact info.
– Second Image –
Text to the right of the head: I’m the mummy of justice, Brom the 2nd, savin’ the world from the Demon Lord!
Could also be read as: It’s the mummy of justice, Brom the 2nd. He’s savin’ the world from the Demon Lord!
Big text with dots: Coming Soon
Again, the text at the very bottom just says “Taito Corporation” and has their contact info.
– Untranslated Transcript –
１９９X年１２月突然ニューヨークに悪魔の城が出現。 そのためにゴーストはあふれ無茶苦茶な世界になってしまった。 そこに現れたのが正義のミイラ、ブロムⅡ世だった。 残された時間は、１２月１３日の金曜日までの６日間かない。 さあ地球を救うために戦え。
The Japanese title for the game is アドベンチャーオブマミーヘッド. Looking through Google, it doesn’t look like there’s much more info on the Japanese parts of the internet.
This wiki article (https://w.atwiki.jp/gcmatome/pages/1192.html) says that no screen shots were ever released and mentions that the magazine PC Engine Fan said that “they seem to have decided to cease development [of both titles]” while talking about Adventure of The Mummy Head and Geisha Warriors.
This tweet (https://twitter.com/pcengineclub/status/840549966019928064) has a higher res scan of one of the magazine ads along with scans of ads for three other games. They mention how all four games paid for big, eye-catching ads announcing that the games were coming out soon only to be canceled shortly later.
This list (http://www.pcengine.jp/a71.htm) says the game was revealed on July 1991 and that it was last mentioned in a magazine on July 1994. It’s not clear from the ad whether the “six days until Friday the 13th” part refers to in-game days or real world days (as in the ad may have been published on Dec 7th, 1991) but based on the list I assume they mean in-game.
Huge thanks Liz! Not much info on the actual gameplay, but it’s great to know more about the settings!
Hi, do you check this magazine scan?
Some screenshots there.