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Treasure Island

  • Object:

    Video game

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stevenson, Robert Louis Balfour, born 1850 - died 1894
    Mr Micro Ltd (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plastic, printed paper

  • Museum number:

    W.19:1 to 3-2016

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, the player controls the books's protagonist, Jim Hawkins. The game opens with two minigames, the first has you attempting to board the 'Hispaniola' by avoiding pirates, the second leaping over barrels while sailors wave swords and arms at you from below. The third part takes place on the island and is a maze/strategy game, where the player must find Ben Gunn’s cave. Captain Flint's treasure must be brought to Spy Glass Cove, avoiding enemy pirates throwing a limited-number of swords at them. In total, there were 64 different screens. At the end of the game a percentage score is awarded which reflects the ‘speed and fighting spirit with which it was played’.

Physical description

Video game cassette in transparent plastic case, with printed paper insert.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (manufactured)


1984 (made)


Stevenson, Robert Louis Balfour, born 1850 - died 1894
Mr Micro Ltd (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Plastic, printed paper

Object history note

Purchased for the V&A exhibition 'British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age' [2014/755].

Descriptive line

Video game cassette, 'Treasure Island', Mr. Micro for Sinclair, 1984


Plastic; Paper

Subjects depicted

Islands; Pirates


Games; Product design; Books

Production Type

Mass produced


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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