DOS - 1984
Description of Montezuma's Revenge
PANAMA JOE. That's what they call him 'round these parts; though no one knows his real name or where he comes from. But one thing's for sure, PANAMA JOE's a daredevil from the word "go!" No risk's too great if the reward's large enough. Winning. That's what's most important to him. And more times than not, that's exactly what he does. Because he's tough, clever and resourceful. And sometimes, downright pig-headed! Though occasionally (ah-hum), he's been known to get in over his head. Luckily, he's got a knack for getting himself out of hot water as quickly as he gets into it! Let's hope Montezuma's Revenge is one of those times...
Sappy manual (the passage quoted above) notwithstanding, Parker Brother's Montezuma's Revenge is one of those early platform games that invent the whole new genre-- in this case: treasure-hunting-puzzle-solving platform games.
As Panama Joe, you move from room to room gathering keys to open doors, avoiding various enemies and traps, gathering treasures to score points, and gathering equipment to help you along your way, such as torches to light dark rooms and swords to eliminate enemies without losing a life.
What makes Montezuma's Revenge so addictive is hard to describe-- it's the combination of action, puzzle, devious level design, and innumerable additional touches. Black rooms, great sound effects, a large maze, disappearing platforms - it's a mother of a platform game, and a great one at that! Even though Panama Joe (you) looks like a melon with legs.
Suffice to say that if you like clever action games, and have never played Montezuma's Revenge, you're missing out on a great lineage of games. Two thumbs up!
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Comments and reviews
petebnyc 2020-03-11 0 point
love this game. used to play it on the apple II. can't believe how ahead of its time it was. still fun I bet, going to download and see but I swear I still dream with it all these decades after.
Mack 2018-09-22 0 point DOS version
this game runs way to fast. Im using DOS Box and it doesn't seem to work
emaborsa 2016-10-02 0 point Commodore 64 version
Played on C64....compared to the other platforms c64 had the best grafics! :)
Kevin 2015-01-28 -1 point DOS version
I love this game. Had the cartridge for my Atari 800XL back in the day (which IMHO is the best version) and currently have carts of it for my Colecovision and Sega Master System.
Mr. Meeseeks 2014-08-16 1 point DOS version
I player this game for a few hours when i was, like, 4 years old, on an old console I don't even remember (maybe Colecovision). Years later, I got it in an Atari emulator and beat it. It's really one of the best games ever made.
Wixman 2014-07-18 1 point DOS version
I played more of this than pretty much any other side scroller of all time. It's the best of the best.
Pink Floyd 2014-05-21 1 point DOS version
This game was something else back in the day. Far ahead of Donkey Kong, Pitfall, and most games in it's time.
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