SummaryDo more things besides collecting gold
The Good* New characters and enemies
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns introduced us to two new characters besides Harry himself. In the early Eighties, you may or may not watch CBS' Saturday Supercade cartoon series starring the popular video game characters at the time. The Pitfall segments included Quickclaw and Rhonda, and these characters re-appeared in the game. Although Quickclaw is a mountain lion, he reminds me of Wile E. Coyote from the Road Runner cartoons.
* Do more besides running and jumping
What I enjoyed most of the game is that you can do more thing than you did in Pitfall. Sure, you can still jump over scorpions, frogs, and condors right at the very start of the game. But soon, you have to go underground and do even more things such as swim underwater, ride balloons, and rescue other characters. The highlight is jumping off a ledge while pushing the joystick left, and seeing Harry fly across the screen, and ricochet off the rock walls on the other side.
* "Happy" and "Sad" soundtracks
A wonderful addition to Pitfall II is two soundtracks that play during the game. When you start the game, it begins with the "Happy" soundtrack, but eventually transforms to the "Sad" soundtrack. It then picks up again as soon as Harry collects gold or one of the three required items.
* Use of checkpoints
Unlike the original game, Harry has unlimited lives. This means if you come into contact with a creature, you will return to a checkpoint, a red mark on the ground. What's funny about this is the way he returns to these checkpoints. He can fly to them, going through any platforms in the process. The checkpoints are useful for knowing that you are going the right way.
The BadThere is not an negative thing I can say about the game.
The Bottom LinePitfall II is similar to its predecessor, but there is more involved to the gameplay. Besides collecting every piece of gold you find, you have to get three items. New features are introduced, such as the addition of a soundtrack and checkpoints, as well as various ways to navigate the lost caverns.
If you played the original on the 2600 and get bored with it, now is the time to get yourself a copy.