|Pitfall Harry's adventures in the jungle||Atari 2600||*Katakis* (37485)|
|The best Atari 2600 game?||Atari 2600||Mr. E (4)|
|best game developed in 1982, it was on the top of the charts for a year||Atari 2600||Scott G (731)|
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Pitfall!, für das Atari VCS und Intellivision ja seit langem auf dem Markt, fordert nun auch Coleco-Besitzer in system-adäquater Ausstattung, wobei sich inhaltlich nichts geändert hat.
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.
Atari 2600All 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).
IntellivisionThe Video Game Critic
I prefer the 2600 version because of the joystick controller, but there's certainly nothing wrong with this one.
Atari 2600The 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.
ColecoVisionThe Video Game Critic
This is basically the same game as the classic Atari 2600 version, a few subtle differences aside. First of all, the sound effects are slightly improved. The trees and bushes in the background are more detailed, but the treasures actually look worse (what the heck IS that thing??). But the most noticeable change is Pitfall Harry himself! He definitely looks "thicker" in this version. Apparently he got lazy after his Atari success and let himself go a little. I'm not saying that the guy is overweight, but he's picked up at least 20 pounds! Otherwise, the game plays like every other version of Pitfall. Too bad they couldn't improve upon the graphics for this Colecovision edition. Even the scorpion looks exactly the same.
Atari 2600The 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.
Atari 2600Game 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.
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.
IntellivisionAll Game Guide
Pitfall! is an above average game. Run around picking up treasure and avoid traps around every corner. The problem with this game is that you feel like you are going in circles and there is no way of knowing where you are because everything looks the same.
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.
Neste jogo, você deve encontrar o caminho em um labirinto para achar um tesouro perdido.
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic
It always surprises me just how little effort Activision put into the Atari 5200 versions of their games. For the most part, they are nearly identical to their Atari 2600 counterparts. In the case of Pitfall, only the trees and bushes in the background are enhanced - and only slightly at that! All other objects including Pitfall Harry, the scorpions, and the crocodiles look exactly the same as those in the 2600 version! And if you thought this would be as fun to play as the Atari 2600 version, think again! The control absolutely sucks, thanks to the lousy non-centering joystick. You can imagine how frustrating it is to jump across the crocodile heads. Then there's the problem with letting go the vines. That's right, you'll actually need to wrestle with the joystick just to release yourself. Control problems really hamper this game, so stick with the Atari 2600 version. NOTE: This cartridge will not run on the two-port Atari 5200 models.
Atari 5200The Atari Times
The bottomline is Pitfall! was years ahead of its time in terms of game play but adventure games have come a long way since, especially in terms of options. The 5200 version could have easily added meat to the bones to spice things up but like most of their 5200 games they hardly did anything here. The graphics and sounds are not really upgraded, the game play is still challenging but it isn't any better, and the controls just stink worse then year old milk. Perhaps the worse part about this game is that it won't work on the 2 port Atari 5200 system, but may be this can be seen as a positive since it means you don't have to play it. I don't know how Activision could screw one of their best known games but they taking a fun and Action/Adventure titles and turned it into this turd.