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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 Windows A bird is attacking
Montezuma's Return Windows Nice architecture
Montezuma's Return Windows Better avoid that hammer!
Montezuma's Return Windows The first boss

Promo Images

Montezuma's Return Magazine Advertisement Part 2
Montezuma's Return Magazine Advertisement Part 1
Montezuma's Return Magazine Advertisement
Montezuma's Return Magazine Advertisement


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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Great ideas and fatal dilettantism arrange a meeting in an Aztec temple. micnictic (391) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Nov, 1998 8.4 out of 10 84
PC Action (Germany) Nov, 1997 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) Nov 05, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Game Revolution Aug 01, 1998 B 75
Power Play Dec, 1997 73 out of 100 73
GameSpot Nov 17, 1998 7.3 out of 10 73 Dec 01, 2006 7.3 out of 10 73
PC Joker Dec, 1997 72 out of 100 72
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1998 55 out of 100 55
Attack Games Dec, 1998 0 out of 10 0


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The original Montezuma's Revenge was included as a bonus.
Quapil (5455) added Montezuma's Return (Windows) on Feb 25, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Quapil (5455)