If you ever owned a Atari 2600 Pitfall would have been one of the games that you would of owned. If not you have unfortunately missed out on one of the gaming achievements of all time and the introduction to the Platform genre. Pitfall has been regarded as the first run and jump platform game developed as it was created before the great Super Mario Bro’s.
David Crane’s master piece pushed the Atari 2600 to it’s lengths that not even the first party developers for Atari could comprehend and there was nothing like it back in the day. David Crane was once a Atari employee but was sick off not getting any credit for his games he created and was one of the few people in Atari to form one of the games industries giant’s Activision. You are Pitfall Harry and the main goal is to collect 32 treasures in a 20-minute time period with two lives you are given.
As this is a side scrolling game you can choose to run to either left or right towards the screens which will take you to the next screen with can consist of dangerous obstacles including River infested crocodiles, Bats and quick sand. There are also underground tunnels which have scorpions to jump over and brick walls block some paths. Using the tunnels lets you skip 3 screens at a time which is sometimes necessary to collect all the treasure which consist of a Money bag, Silver bar, Gold Bar and Diamond Ring and all have different point’s awarded to the player.
It was also ported to the C64, Apple II and the Intelivision at the time. Crane also produced the sequel Pitfall 2 which I think is far superior and I enjoyed it far more than the predecessor but unfortunately wasn’t as successful. Pitfall Harry also appeared on other systems later in his life, Pitfall on the Arcades, Super Pitfall on the Nes (Horrible version) and Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure was well received and revived the IP on the Sega Megadrive, Super Nintendo, Sega 32X, Atari Jaguar and the Gamboy Advance. Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure later was released on the Xbox, Gamecube and the Ps2 and the last of the series on the Wii titled Pitfall the Big Adventure in 2008. Are we due for another Pitfall game? In all honesty I think the IP has had it’s day and when I think of Pitfall the later games never come to mind. So what are you waiting for? Get out your Atari 2600 and hook it up to your CRT TV via RF and get into some old school.
Final Score 8 out of 10