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Protagonist: Treasure hunter

Group Description

This group includes games that feature protagonists who spend a significant portion of their lives treasure hunting, to the point that it can be considered a full-time occupation. Treasure hunters seek valuable historical or prehistorical artifacts without undertaking any kind of scientific research at the place of discovery, as practiced in modern archaeology. Some such characters can have an archaeological background, like Indiana Jones, since that is certified by an academic degree, but no modern self-respecting archaeologist would actually stoop to treasure hunting. Many early archaeologists, such as Heinrich Schliemann, are considered ordinary treasure hunters. Modern treasure hunters may employ costly state-of-the-art equipment, and use science to search for artifacts, but they have little interest in researching their historical meaning in the context of the site, culture or entire civilization.

  • Games where seeking treasure is a secondary occupation for the protagonist, for example as a part of a quest or wilderness exploration in medieval fantasy RPGs, should not be included in this group.
  • Pirate protagonists should be included in their own separate group and are not part of this one, since their primary occupation is piracy.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Spelunky 22020PlayStation 4, WindowsMossmouth, LLC...
Montana Mike2018ZX Spectrum NextSoftware Amusements...
La-Mulana 22018Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneNIS America, Inc....
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy2017PlayStation 4Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.4.39
Uncharted: Fortune Hunter2016Android, iPad, iPhonePlayStation Mobile Inc....
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End2016PlayStation 4Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC4.64
Rise of the Tomb Raider2015Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDigital Domain Inc.4.59
Lara Croft: Relic Run2015Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows PhoneSquare Enix Limited...
Lara Croft GO2015Android, Blacknut, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, tvOS, Windows, Windows Apps, Windows PhoneSquare Enix Co., Ltd.2.98
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris2014PlayStation 4, Stadia, Windows, Xbox OneSquare Enix Co., Ltd.4.19
Deadfall Adventures2013Linux, Windows, Xbox 360Intergrow Inc.3.02
Tomb Raider2013Android, Gloud, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.13
Blades of Time2012Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Gaijin Entertainment Corporation...
Spelunky2012PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox 360Mossmouth, LLC3.96
Blades of Time: Dismal Swamp2012Macintosh, WindowsGaijin Entertainment Corporation...
Hamilton's Great Adventure2011PlayStation 3, PlayStation Now, WindowsFatshark AB...
Uncharted: Golden Abyss2011PS VitaSony Computer Entertainment America LLC4.37
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception2011PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC4.28
La-Mulana2011Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox OneEnjoyUp Games S.L....
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light2010Android, BlackBerry, Browser, Gloud, iPad, iPhone, OnLive, PlayStation 3, Stadia, Windows, Xbox 360Eidos, Inc.4.02
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure2009Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc....
Indiana Jones and the Lost Puzzles2009Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, J2ME, Windows MobileTHQ Wireless Inc....
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings2009Nintendo DSLucasArts...
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues2009Nintendo DS, PSPLucasArts...
Spelunky2009Macintosh, WindowsMossmouth, LLC3.86
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Selected Covers

Uncharted: Golden Abyss PS Vita Front Cover
Front cover for Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Montana Mike ZX Spectrum Next Front Cover
Front cover for Montana Mike

Selected Screenshots

Startup screen.
Screenshot from Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Title screen
Screenshot from Montana Mike
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