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Montezuma's Revenge

Available Platforms: Atari 8-bit, SEGA Master System



82/100 based on 6 Editorial reviews. Add your vote

PublisherParker Brothers
DeveloperParker Brothers
OS supportedWin7 64 bit, Win8 64bit, Windows 10, MacOS 10.6+
Updated5 May 2023

Game Review

Montezuma's Revenge is a side-scrolling platformer published by Parker Brothers and released for Apple II, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, and other 8-bit platforms in 1984.

The game is considered an early example of the "Metroidvania" genre. You are an archeologist (resembling Indiana Jones), exploring a dangerous Aztec pyramid, trying to collect treasures and avoid enemies and traps. Finding keys, weapons, and the proper objects will be required to advance through the nine floors and 99 rooms.

The first version of Montezuma was created for the Atari 800 computer by a 16 years old programmer, Robert Jaeger. Parker Brothers noticed an early version of the game at the 1983 C.E.S. and convinced Jaeger to publish it internationally. Parker Brother's programmers completed the game and ported it to several platforms. Unfortunately, to release the game on cartridges, they had to cut features to store it on just 16k (instead of the 48k used by the disk version created by Jaeger). For example, the official release doesn't have an intro, bonus life animations, or a hi-score entry screen. It also has fewer rooms, and it doesn't include the final boss, King Montezuma itself.

GamesNostalgia was able to pack both the original version and the official one. Just remember that the prototype was unfinished, so you cannot beat Montezuma :)

Review by: GN Team
Published: 3 May 2018 6:30 am

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Latest Comments

  • Gianluca Santeramo - 2021-02-15 - Reply

    I've played it when I was a 7 years old child for hours and hours and hours... Now, I'm 45, I know its name! Great!