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Max Montezuma is a soldier who also happens to be a descendant of a legendary Aztec emperor. One day Max's plane crashes on an uncharted, deserted island. Max discovers ancient ruins there and ventures to explore them, attempting to connect the mystery of the past with the events of the present.

Montezuma's Return is a sequel to Montezuma's Revenge, and also focuses on platforming gameplay which includes puzzle-solving, avoiding obstacles, and fighting enemies. Unlike its predecessor, it is a first-person 3D game. The player is able to see the protagonist's feet when moving the camera, to facilitate precise platform jumping.

Every level ends with a boss battle, and each boss must be defeated in a specific way. Max can punch and kick enemies, and also use environmental hazards to damage them; pushing enemies into water or luring them into traps will kill them. Some areas require Max to jump on moving platforms, climb ropes, swim, avoid falling into lava or deadly spikes, etc. Max can collect treasure on each level, bananas or watermelon slices to heal himself, and special items to unlock barriers.

The full version of Montezuma's Revenge is included on the CD.


Montezuma's Return DOS Title sequence
Montezuma's Return DOS Attack of the mutant rat
Montezuma's Return DOS Swimming gets you a live-action view of your lungs.
Montezuma's Return Windows The exit of the first level

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Alternate Titles

  • "Mystery Island: Der Fluch der Azteken" -- German splash screen title
  • "Montezuma's Return!" -- UK title
  • "Max Montezuma: Der Fluch der Azteken" -- German title

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User Reviews

Great ideas and fatal dilettantism arrange a meeting in an Aztec temple. Windows micnictic (385)

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Windows Nov, 1998 8.4 out of 10 84
PC Action Windows Nov, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Windows Dec, 1997 73 out of 100 73 Windows Dec 01, 2006 7.3 out of 10 73
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct, 1998 73 out of 100 73
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Oct, 1998 73 out of 100 73
GameStar (Germany) DOS Jan, 1998 68 out of 100 68
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jan, 1998 68 out of 100 68
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1998 55 out of 100 55
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jan, 1998 55 out of 100 55


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The original Montezuma's Revenge was included as a bonus.
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