The Curse of the Pharaohs

#labyrinthsofthemind – games within games

Games, especially those played on the sports field as well as those played on boards or screens, have their roots in battles, epic struggles and arduous journeys. Games are also about memory and we can, rather surprisingly, remember games played in our childhood. It is this aspect of games that I find most interesting.

I am currently working on a game with strong elements of childhood recollections that aims to stimulate memories stored deep in the mind, wondering if life is not just another game being played out on a bigger board.

Graphics from The Curse of the Pharaohs
Graphics from The Curse of the Pharaohs, a 2D adventure game in the early stages of production [Cat: 0000, The Curse of the Pharaohs, / 1280 x 720 pixel, Unity, 2010]


Peter Town is a born storyteller gifted with an ability to translate both everyday quirks and deeper philosophical musing through his work. Often using strong lines, vibrant colours and symbolism in his pictures, Town has combined a long and successful career as a designer and entrepreneur with a vibrant artist portfolio. Many of Town’s paintings use strong shapes and primary colours, such as the Stairs series, whilst others are quieter and more contemplative as they represent a more tranquil inner space. His abstract series of prints and paintings represent works where the narrative is more ambiguous but ever-present. He sees landscapes, interior spaces and natural forms as abstract shapes and colours and transcribes these onto canvas. Having studied at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham in the era when Michael Craig-Martin, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Jim Dine wielded their influence, Town went on to the Royal College of Art. Taking advantage of his brilliance for being able to communicate ideas through illustration, Town went on to have a hugely successful career over four decades as a designer. Throughout, he has continued to paint and to develop his artistic style through drawings, acrylics, photography, and printmaking.