Parker Brothers, long known for board games such as Monopoly, is now producing video-games for the Sega Master System. Their first title, an excellent conversion of the Broderbund computer game Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, is already in the stores and doing well. Their second title is a conversion of one of their Colecovision and Atari 5200 titles from the early 1980s: Montezuma's Revenge.
The main character in Montezuma's Revenge is Panama Joe, a soldier of fortune. He's been in Central America for a couple of years searching for treasure, and now he has stumbled onto the find of the century — the ancient tomb of Montezuma himself. More interested in treasure than in the archaeological value of the discovery, Panama Joe starts to explore the catacombs inside the tomb.
Joe quickly gets lost in the huge maze of corridors and chambers. Worst yet, the tomb is alive with vampire bats, tarantulas the size of dogs, poisonous snakes, ghostly skulls, and perpetual fires fueled by the center of the Earth. Joe decides it isn't worth the risk, and he turns to leave. But then, in the wall, he finds a baseball-sized diamond. Now it's worth it, he thinks, and continues on.
Soon he comes to a locked door. He remembers seeing a key in a previous room, and he doubles back to get it. But the key is blue and the door is red; the key doesn't work. Backtracking again, he finds the correct key and unlocks the door. Behind it are more jewels and a sword. After unlocking a few more such doors, Panama Joe becomes so laden with heavy treasure that he can't go on. Despite his greed, he drops some of the treasure and continues exploring the depths of the tomb, moving closer and closer to Montezuma himself.
Montezuma's Revenge is an engrossing maze game — something that, until now, has been lacking in Sega's lineup. The graphics are bright and bold, the maze is very long and difficult, and if you don't time your moves just right, you're history. Fortunately, Panama Joe is very easy to control, and the final showdown with Montezuma is worth the quest.