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Montezuma's Revenge

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Apple II
Atari 5200
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You play as a treasure hunter named Panama Joe, whose goal is to find an ancient treasure hidden by Aztec warrior deep inside catacombs. But beware, the catacombs are a large maze inhabited by monsters. Bouncing and rolling skulls, dancing spiders, disappearing and re-appearing chains and tons of fire await you. You'll have to find many keys and unlock doors in order to reach your goal. Panama Joe can jump and climb ladders, but doesn't have much to offer in terms of combat. That's why the monsters in the game should be avoided: a collision with an enemy leads to a premature death.


Montezuma's Revenge Atari 2600 The starting location for a new game
Montezuma's Revenge SEGA Master System "Help! I fell down and can't get up"
Montezuma's Revenge Commodore 64 Title screen
Montezuma's Revenge Atari 8-bit Red orb

Alternate Titles

  • "Predatore" -- Italian title
  • "Montezuma's Revenge: Featuring Panama Joe" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jul 03, 2000 A 100
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Sep 24, 2007 90 out of 100 90
Retrogaming History Atari 8-bit Nov 27, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Power Play SEGA Master System Oct, 1989 63 out of 100 63
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 58 out of 100 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) PC Booter Nov, 1987 5.8 out of 12 48
The Video Game Critic ColecoVision May 06, 2009 D 25


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Prototype version

A 35kb prototype version of the game was created by Robert Jaeger based on the concept given to him by his friend Mark Sunshine. Robert Jaeger began making the game at the age of 15. The game was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1983. The game was bought by Parker Brothers. Parker Brothers decided to release Montezuma's Revenge in 1984, but the game was adapted to the version that required only 16kb of RAM by removing some game elements. Parker Brothers made ​some ​cuts to the graphics, removed the intro, simplified maze construction, and changed the name of the main character from Pedro to Panama Joe.


  • Commodore Format
    • April 1991 (Issue 7) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)

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