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Montezuma's Revenge manual

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 thereward'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 - 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. 
Object
To help PANAMA JOE safely reach Montezuma's fantastic treasure by guiding him 
through a maze of death-dealing chambers within the emperor's fortress. Along 
the way PANAMA JOE must avoid an array of deadly creatures while he collects 
valuables and other tools which can aid him in mastering the evils of the 
fortress and escaping with the loot! 
Setting the Console Controls 
For the Atari 5200 and ColecoVision Game Systems
1. Place the cartridge firmly into the cartridge slot. 
2. Turn the ON/OFF switch to the ON position. 
3. Select Difficulty Level 1. 2. or 3 by pressing the corresponding number on 
the joystick keypad (see DIFFICULTY LEVEL section). 
To begin a new game at any time. simply press the START key (Atari 5200) or the 
RESET button (ColecoVision) and follow instructions for selecting a Difficulty 
Level. 
The Joystick
Plug the joystick controller into Jack #1. (For Commodore 64: Control Port 2.) 
Use your joystick to move PANAMA JOE through the emperor's fortress. To make 
PANAMA JOE walk left or right move the joystick in those directions. To make him 
climb up a ladder or chain push forwards on the joystick to climb down pull 
backwards on the joystick. 
NOTE:  you'll discover that a combination of left/right and backwards/forwards 
joystick movements will make guiding PANAMA JOE on and off ladders and chains 
easier. 
The Fire Button 
Press the FIRE button any time you want PANAMA JOE to jump. If PANAMA JOE is 
standing still, he will jump up and down. If he is moving left or right, PANAMA 
JOE will leap in that direction. 
Screen Displays 
In the upper left-hand corner of the screen there is a box called the INVENTORY 
WINDOW. Each time PANAMA JOE collects a special tool (e.g., a sword, torch, or a 
key), that tool is displayed in the Inventory Window until he finishes using it. 

At the bottom of the Inventory Window are 5 hats representing your remaining 
number of PANAMA JOE's. Each time you lose a PANAMA JOE, one hat disappears from 
the Inventory Window. You'll begin the game with 6 PANAMA JOEs, including the 
one on screen. If you accumulate more than 6 PANAMA JOE's, extra hats are 
displayed below your score. 
The number to the immediate right of the Inventory Window indicates the game 
level currently being played. 
In the upper right-hand corner of the screen is the SCORE BOX. Throughout the 
game, points will be accumulated and your score will be displayed in this space 
(see SCORING section). 
Playing 
Once you start this game, you ARE PANAMA JOE winding your way through 
MONTEZUMA's fortress! That means you've got to be ready to handle lots of 
action. Like climbing ladders and chains. Sliding down poles. Jumping over (and 
under) deadly creatures. And grabbing precious jewels and special tools along 
the way. No sweat. right? You'll be ready for anything because. Like PANAMA JOE 
you thrive on the spirit of adventure and exploration. Maybe you'll need to 
backtrack through certain chambers. Or perhaps forge ahead blindly. Even test 
your memory to remember the location of a room you fought through earlier. Just 
be sure to keep a cool head. Use your special tools wisely. And please-try not 
to let greed blind you as you snatch up MONTEZUMA'S fabulous treasures. 

Happy hunting,
PANAMA JOE 


Inside Montezuma's Fortress 
As you guide PANAMA JOE through Montezuma's fortress. you'll encounter 3 major 
groups of elements. They are: 
* Room Fixtures 
* Killer Creatures 
* Special Tools & Rewards 
Various combinations of these elements are found in all the chambers throughout 
the fortress. Each is described as follows: 
Room Fixtures 
Laser Gates: 
Destructive laser gates intermittently appear and disappear in various parts of 
a chamber. PANAMA JOE must avoid these laser gates. and pass through ONLY when 
they disappear. IF PANAMA JOE HITS A LASER GATE. YOU LOSE HIM. 
Conveyor Belts:
Conveyor belts force PANAMA JOE to speed up or slow down, depending upon the 
direction in which he is moving. In general if you move the joystick IN THE 
DIRECTION OPPOSITE to which the conveyor is moving PANAMA JOE will slow down 
while moving against the conveyor. If PANAMA JOE is heading in the SAME 
DIRECTION as the conveyor he will speed across to the other side where at times 
you must safely jump him off. IF PANAMA JOE MISSES JUMPING ONTO OR OFF OF AN 
ELEVATED CONVEYOR BELT AND THE FALL IS TOO FAR YOU LOSE HIM. 
Disappearing Floors:
In some chambers there are certain sections of the floor which look different 
from the rest. These sections intermittently appear and disappear. You must time 
PANAMA JOE's crossing of these sections just right or... IF THE FALL'S TOO GREAT 
OR THERE'S A FIRE PIT BELOW HIM, YOU LOSE THAT PANAMA JOE. 
Doors:
Throughout the fortress you'll encounter 3 different colored doors: red. blue. 
and grey. These doors can ONLY be opened when PANAMA JOE approaches them with 
the corresponding color key (displayed in the Inventory Window). YOU GAIN 300 
POINTS FOR OPENING ANY DOOR. 
Fire Pits:
Occasionally, PANAMA JOE will come across a blazing fire pit as he maneuvers 
through a chamber. Fire pits must be avoided at all costs! Guide PANAMA JOE 
around them, or jump him over them whenever possible. IF PANAMA JOE FALLS INTO 
THE FLAMES, YOU LOSE HIM TO A PUFF OF SMOKE. 
Ladders:
Ladders allow PANAMA JOE to travel up to, or down from one level to the next. 
Simply move the joystick in the appropriate direction. PANAMA JOE CANNOT JUMP ON 
TO OR OFF OF A LADDER. 
Poles:
Poles allow PANAMA JOE to slide DOWN ONLY from one level to the next. Simply 
jump PANAMA JOE onto a pole-he'll handle the rest. BUT IF PANAMA JOE MISSES THE 
POLE AND FALLS, YOU LOSE HIM. 
Chains:
Much like ladders, chains offer PANAMA JOE a way to travel from one level to the 
next. Simply jump PANAMA JOE onto a chain and guide him up or down by using your 
joystick. 
Killer Creatures 
Skulls:
In his travels, PANAMA JOE will come across bouncing and rolling skulls. He must 
jump over the rolling skulls, and walk under the bouncing ones. IF PANAMA JOE IS 
HIT BY A SKULL YOU LOSE HIM. But if he has a sword (displayed in the Inventory 
Window), PANAMA JOE can eliminate a skull by simply walking through it. YOU GAIN 
2000 POINTS FOR ELIMINATING A SKULL. 
Snakes:
Watch out for the snakes! Though they don't move, they have a deadly bite. 
Whenever PANAMA JOE meets up with one, he must jump over it. Not even a sword 
will eliminate a snake. IF PANAMA JOE IS BITTEN, YOU LOSE HIM. 
Spiders:
Unlike snakes, spiders get around. They'll even climb ladders! IF ONE BITES 
PANAMA JOE, YOU LOSE HIM. So PANAMA JOE must either jump over spiders, or slay 
them with a sword (displayed in the Inventory Window). YOU'LL GAIN 3000 POINTS 
FOR SLAYING A SPIDER. 
Special Tools & Rewards 
As PANAMA JOE works his way through the fortress, he'll encounter special tools 
and rewards-all there for his taking. When possible, PANAMA JOE should jump up 
and grab a special item, which will then be displayed in the Inventory Window 
until it is used. The Inventory Window can only hold 5 items at a time. Once it 
is filled, PANAMA JOE cannot collect any more special items. 
The 5 special tools and rewards are: 
Amulets: 
These hammer shaped objects help PANAMA JOE evade killer creatures. Whenever he 
grabs an amulet, all killer creatures turn grey and are disabled for several 
seconds-allowing PANAMA JOE to safely walk through them. He can even travel into 
another chamber during this time. Once this time is up, the amulet will 
disappear from the Inventory Window and the killer creatures will return to 
their nasty, normal-colored selves. COLLECTING AN AMULET IS WORTH 100 POINTS. 
Jewels: 
These dazzling beauties are worth 1000 points a piece! PANAMA JOE simply jumps 
up and plucks them as he goes by. However, if the Inventory Window contains 5 
items, PANAMA JOE cannot collect more jewels-even though jewels are not 
displayed in the Window. 
Keys:
To every red, blue, or grey door in the fortress-there's a matching key. A door 
can only be opened with the correct corresponding colored key which PANAMA JOE 
must grab along the way. Keys will be displayed in the Inventory Window until 
used. YOU GAIN 300 POINTS FOR OPENING A DOOR. 
Swords:
A SWORD IN THE HAND IS WORTH 50 POINTS-so be sure not to pass up too many of 
them along the way. More important, a sword enables PANAMA JOE to eliminate 
spiders and skulls on contact. 
Torches:
Don't underestimate the necessity of a torch. As PANAMA JOE travels deeper into 
the fortress. he may encounter dark chambers. Only with the torch can he 
illuminate these hazardous rooms. Once PANAMA JOE has a torch. he keeps it 
throughout the current game level. Without a torch, there is no light at all-and 
you must rely on your memory to guide PANAMA JOE safely through these chambers. 
GRABBING A TORCH EARNS YOU 3000 POINTS. 
The Treasure Room 
If PANAMA JOE safely navigates through all of the chambers in the fortress he'll 
eventually reach his ultimate goal-the Treasure Chamber. Herein lies the 
fabulous treasure of the emperor, Montezuma! 
To enter this final chamber. daredevil PANAMA JOE must leap into the darkness! 
Once inside. he'll find several chains-and the infamous jewels-all awaiting his 
grasp. In just a matter of seconds. PANAMA JOE must jump from chain to chain 
while trying to collect as many jewels as possible. But beware! If PANAMA JOE 
misses a chain and jumps onto a pole. he immediately slides into the next 
Difficulty Level and misses his chance to collect more jewels. When time's up 
you will automatically advance to the next Difficulty Level. 
End of Game 
The game ends when you have lost all of your PANAMA JOEs. When this happens. 
PANAMA JOE will disappear and all action on the screen will stop. 
If the game ends while playing Difficulty Level #1, simply press the FIRE button 
on the joystick controller. You'll receive 6 PANAMA JOEs and begin the action 
(with a score of zero) at the same point at which the game ended. Refer to 
SETTING THE CONSOLE CONTROLS section for starting a new game. 
Scoring 
Collecting Special Tools & Rewards Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 points each 
Swords . . . . . . . . . . 50 points each 
Amulets . . . . . . . . . .100 points each 
Jewels . . . . . . . . . .1000 points each 
Torches . . . . . . . . . 3000 points each 
Eliminating Killer Creatures 
Skulls. . . . . . . . . . 2000 points each 
Spiders . . . . . . . . . 3000 points each 
Room Fixtures 
Opening Doors. . . . . . . 300 points each 
Bonus Panama Joes 
Levels 1-3
Extra PANAMA JOE for every 10.000 points scored. 
Levels 4 & up
Extra PANAMA JOE for every 20,000 points scored. 
Difficulty Levels
In this game, there are 9 Difficulty Levels. You may choose any one of the first 
3 to begin playing, the remainder must be earned through game play. As you 
advance from one Difficulty Level to the next, the following things happen: 
* New barriers may appear or old ones disappear, changing the best paths to the 
treasure room 
* More (and faster-moving!) killer creatures appear in each successive 
Difficulty Level. 
* More dark chambers. 
Each time you successfully complete one Difficulty Level and have a remaining 
PANAMA JOE you'll automatically advance to the next Difficulty Level. 
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