Summary A free-running adventure set in the Jungle, Pitfall Harry is the Indiana Jones of the gaming world. Collect treasure, dodge obstacles, and escape an erupting volcano.
Description Type: Action
Players: 1 Player
Age: Any Age
Game Time: Endless
Developer or Designer: Activision Publishing
Publisher: Activision Publishing
Constantly changing environment
Dynamic camera angles
Checkpoints far apart
Pitfall! is an action adventure game originally released in 1982 for Atari 2600. After Pac-Man, it is Activision's second best-selling game. The aim of the 2D side-scroller was to collect thirty-two treasures in twenty minutes by running through a jungle full of hazardous objects.
There were many sequels to the game, the most recent being in 2012, when they released a free mobile app for the Android. Pitfall! is different from the original in mainly two ways. Not only is the game is now in stunning 3D, but it no longer has a time limit. It is an endless runner, where you just carry on travelling through a varying environment until you die.
When you do die, don't rely on memory of the route to guide you, as obstacles move places each time you restart. Don't worry about having to start from the beginning every time though, as there are checkpoints along the way that save your progress when you reach a certain distance. These are quite far apart though.
You avoid obstacles, such as boulders, cliffs, and snakes by touch screen; tap to jump, drag to slide, double tap to use your whip, and tilt to move left and right. The only real problem with this is that does not always acknowledge you've pressed something - thus death.
In addition to the main game, there is also Relic Rush, which is a time trial to try and get through different environments as quickly as possible.
The treasure you collect in the game is diamonds. These can be used in-store to buy special gear that will help you out during gameplay. For example, anti-venom tonic, extra lives, and outfits. If you are connected the internet, you can benefit even more by buying the 'outfit of the day', which gives you extra protection.
Although the game is free, if you do not have enough diamonds, you can spend money to buy more.
From the home screen you can view your statistics, which includes information such as what level you have reached, how far you have travelled, how many scorpions you have killed, etc. You will also be able to see the badges you have unlocked.
Pitfall! is fun, but infuriating (when you crash into something), and seems like a natural evolution of the game.