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Indiana Jones in Revenge of the Ancients is a text adventure video game published in 1987 by Mindscape, Inc. The game takes place in 1936 when Indiana Jones goes to Mexico in search of the Mazatec Power Key.

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Hack your way through the steaming, tangled Mexican jungle. Fight off the onrush of vertigo as you grope through the treacherous, tunnel maze in the treasure-laden Tepotzteco Pyramid. Tighten your grip as you dangle from the wing of an airborne World War I DeHavilland.

Whatever it takes, INDIANA JONES, you must stop the cruel Nazi, Plebinheim, and his SS thugs from unleashing the power of the Mazatec Power Key against the world.

Vicious bats, venomous snakes, marauding bandits — even for the daring INDIANA JONES, this is going to be tough!

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According to legend, the Mazatec Power Key controls the pulse of the Earth. Indiana Jones is sent by the US Army to Mexico in order to find the key before the Nazi archaeologist Plebinheim. Hunted by the Nazis, Indy breaks into the Tepotzteco Pyramid and finds a gold totem necessary to access the key. He evades the pyramid's traps; however, the totem is stolen from him by an eagle during his escape. While Plebinheim's soldiers are still looking for him, Jones has a brief encounter with shaman Don Pedro on top of a mesa who offers to help him once the man has learned to trust what he hates. Marion Ravenwood arrives with an airplane and Indy jumps on it before the Nazis reach him.

Indy and Marion travel to a village and receive ammunition from bandits after claiming support for their revolution. After escaping an alligator-occupied pool, they reach and sneak into Plebinheim's villa where he and Don Ramone are preparing for a ritual. When they leave, Indy attempts to take the key as well as a jewel, but they are captured and taken for sacrifice.

Indy finds himself inside a cage carried on a truck. However, his cage falls from the vehicle into the middle of a jungle where a snake frees him by constricting the lock. He recovers his gear, left there before entering the villa, and swims to a bunker, where he finds an SS uniform. Disguised, he enters the Pyramid of the Moon.

There, Plebinheim has prepared a contraption powered by the key and a map above a whirling sea of blood, planning to destroy cities in the United States. Indy creates a diversion while Don Pedro, in the form of a snake, fights with Don Ramone who has taken the form of an eagle. Indy kills Plebinheim and removes the key before he and Marion escape.

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While Indiana Jones in Revenge of the Ancients doesn't specifically list its setting as 1936, the placement is inferred from the presence of Marion Ravenwood (noted to be "in her mid-twenties"), who was written out of Indiana Jones' life that same year in The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones comic book series. Mindscape, inc.'s previous Indiana Jones title Indiana Jones in the Lost Kingdom acknowledged the Marvel Comics continuity with the inclusion of Ivar Reiss.

The game indicates that it is summer but Raiders of the Lost Ark, which takes place in 1936, has tie-in lore that varies on which month, with the last date for the movie indicated to have a setting of September 1936. The later introduction of Marion and Jones' son, Mutt Williams, being conceived around Fall 1937 allows the couple to be in each other's lives longer so Revenge of the Ancients could potentially take place in summer 1937 instead but this article assumes the original continuity is in place unless Lucasfilm Ltd. indicates otherwise.

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