|Original game by Robert Jaeger
In the spirit of good taste I'll refrain from the obvious jokes one
can make about this title. If you're looking for that kind of juvenile
humor I suggest you look at one of my other pages, because they're chock
full of it! But because Montezuma's Revenge is such an excellent
game, I will show it the respect it deserves.
While most people are familiar with the term Montezuma's Revenge, many
don't know where it comes from. Montezuma the first was a famous
Aztec emperor who was known to have ruled his people with great cruelty.
Montezuma is best known for bringing the downfall of the Aztecs
when he mistook the conquistador Hernan Cortes for the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl
(these guys had never seen a white man before!). Cortes then proceeded
to plunder and destroy the Aztecs and wipe them off the face of the earth.
Thus whenever a pasty faced white tourist gets sick from drinking
or eating the local Mexican food it's referred to as Montezuma getting
his revenge. Montezuma's Revenge. Get it? Betcha didn't
think you were going to get a history lesson now did ya?
You are Panama Joe (not to be confused with Indiana Jones),
famous daredevil and treasure hunter. You are after the fabled treasure
of Montezuma, which is hidden somewhere within his ancient fortress.
However the fortress is a maze of death-dealing chambers, full the vilest
traps imaginable. You must help Joe navigate the maze and find the
hidden treasure room before he's turned into a permanent resident of this
To get to the treasure room your going to have to do
a little exploring first. Montezuma's fortress is really a large
maze of rooms full of deadly snakes, spiders, and skulls. Joe must
avoid these hazards unless he carries the sword, which can be found in
certain rooms. The sword will allow Joe to kill one spider, snake,
or skull, but won't save him from lava, force fields, or falling. Also
found in the fortress are torches, the torch will light up all the darkened
rooms making your journey much easier. Without a torch you'll end
up wandering blindly through the dark, and will most likely fall to your
death (not recommended). Rarely Joe will come across the magic scepter,
with the scepter Joe will be invincible to enemies for a short time.
Of course roaming monsters aren't the only things Joe
has to worry about. Many rooms also have deadly lava pits, conveyer
belts which can throw you to your death, vanishing platforms which always
seem to disappear at just the wrong moment, and force fields which need
to be timed exactly (who knew the Aztecs were so advanced?). Also
making your life miserable are locked doors which need a certain color
key to open them (red, blue, or white). At this point you may be
saying "No treasure is worth this!" Well you may change
your mind the first time you find one of those large rubies that happen
to be scattered around the rooms. Just think, the treasure room
is full of them!
If you're lucky enough to make it to the treasure room,
you're in for a little surprise. Montezuma has cursed his treasure
room! Joe only has a few seconds to grab as many jewels as he can before
he falls through the floor and into the next level! Looks like Montezuma
got his revenge after all!
||Atari 2600 Monty 8K.RLS.1
to 2600 Software