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Pitfall! (Atari 5200)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
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Description

Pitfall! is a platform action game. You play Pitfall Harry who is on a quest to locate treasure deep in the jungle. With a little luck you'll be able to find money bags, silver bars, gold bars, and diamond rings. But many obstacles will get in the way, some of which merely deduct points from your score, while others are fatal. Rolling logs and falling down a hole will deduct points, and scorpions, alligators, snakes, bottomless pits, swamps, and fires will cause Pitfall Harry to lose a life. You have 20 minutes to try to collect all of the treasures on the numerous screens, if you can live that long!

Screenshots

Pitfall! Atari 5200 Title screen; titles scroll along the bottom
Pitfall! Atari 5200 A treasure on the other side of this pit!
Pitfall! Atari 5200 One of the many screens you'll explore
Pitfall! Atari 5200 Swinging over a pit

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Nov 04, 2001 C- 42
The Atari Times Jan 29, 2007 32 out of 100 32

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Trivia

Cartoon

Pitfall! was popular enough to have a Saturday morning TV cartoon based on it. The cartoon focused on the adventures of Pitfall Harry, his niece Rhonda, and the cowardly mountain lion Quickclaw.

Explorer's Club

Players who were able to rack up 20,000 points or higher were eligible to receive the Explorer's Club patch from Activision if they sent in a screenshot to the company.

Glitches

A clipping bug in the ColecoVision version of the game would allow the player to actually walk through the walls in the lower area if hit just right. A demonstration can be seen in this video.

Awards

  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #33 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue 100) - #41 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #85 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 37 - #21 in the "Top 25 Platformers of All Time" poll
  • TeleMatch
    • Issue 04/1984 – #3 Video Game of the Year 1983 (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Big John WV, Guy Chapman, Kevin Tuttle and PCGamer77.

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RKL (5613) added Pitfall! (Atari 5200) on Dec 04, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (120661), Satoshi Kunsai (1816), Terok Nor (18320), Servo (55897) and koffiepad (10041)