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Pitfall! (Atari 2600)

Genre
Perspective
Theme
89
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Pitfall Harry's adventures in the jungle *Katakis* (37740) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
The best Atari 2600 game? Mr. E (4) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
best game developed in 1982, it was on the top of the charts for a year Scott G (731) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall MobyScore (50 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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100
Techtite
The premise sounds simple but it was actually very addictive. It helped of course that the music and vibrant color schemes made it one of the most visually stunning games on the system back in those days. The original game would lead to a less played sequel, which may have lost a little bit of the original game's charm, but it even had its own theme song, which was actually very toe-tapping. Yet no sequel could overshadow a game that to this day is one of the irrefutable classics in home video gaming.
100
All Game Guide
Although Atari released a cartridge based on Raiders of the Lost Ark themselves, Activision's game is more action-packed and closer in "spirit" to an Indy-like adventure. The only thing missing is a giant boulder to run away from (although I suppose rolling logs will do just fine).
95
The Atari Times
A guy named Pitfall. Deadly pits that open and close (for some reason unbeknown to science) at will. "Cobra rattlers". Logs that continuously roll for no reason at all. Fires that somehow stay lit when no one's around, and crocodiles that let you jump onto their heads. If you think about the above elements for a minute -- and being taken out of context -- you might realize how ridiculous it all sounds, not to mention how unlikely it could (somehow) be combined into not only a good video game, but one of the most highly revered classics of video game history as well.
91
The Video Game Critic
But despite these minor quibbles, Pitfall remains a classic for all time, and is a must-have for any serious video game collector.
90
Game Freaks 365
As you memorize the game and the order of the screens, it will become easier. Still, this game is going to take a long time for anybody to master, and it is one that many people are going to be entertained enough to pursue. If you have an Atari 2600 and you have never played this game, shame on you. It is relatively common so it will not be too hard to find or too expensive to buy, so, if you own an Atari 2600, you owe it to yourself to try this game.
90
HonestGamers
The end result of this was that I was perfectly happy to test my ability to see how many screens I could cover while staying alive for 20 minutes. There were benefits to this. I was able to get some Pitfall Harry patch from Activision for sending a picture of my recording a score over 20,000. And I had a ton of fun playing the game. While I never reached the ultimate reward of a true victory due to my issues with scorpion-jumping, I found more than enough fun in that Pitfall! cartridge to keep me playing it for years after most of my Atari games were relegated to a box.
86
Retroage
Dla posiadaczy Atari 2600, Pitfall! - Pitfall Harry's Jungle Adventure jest tytułem absolutnie obowiązkowym. Ten niemalże kamień milowy w dziejach elektronicznej rozrywki do dziś urzeka i potrafi przykuć do konsolki na kilka dłuższych chwil.
80
RetroGames.cz
Jen málokterá hra originálně vyvinutá pro konzoli Atari 2600 se stala tak slavnou jako legendární Pitfall! z roku 1982. Ve své době jej znal téměř každý fanda po­čí­ta­čo­vých her a ten, kdo jej měl doma, byl mezi kamarády stejně populární jako ten, kdo v téže době vlastnil závodní kolo Favorit. Není divu, že společnost Ac­ti­vi­sion, která hru vyvinula, prodala po celém světě více jak 4 milióny kopií této legendy a Pitfall! se stal druhou nejprodávanější hrou pro Atari 2600.
60
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