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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!
- ピットフォール - Japanese spelling
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Credits (Atari 2600 version)
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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.
Players who were able to rack up 20,000 points or higher were eligible to receive the Explorers' Club patch from Activision if they sent in a screenshot to the company. Here is a picture of that patch at AtariAge.
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.
- 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
- 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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Pitfall! 20th Anniversary
Learn the history and play of one of the most popular Atari 2600 games ever created.
August 16th, 2006, <moby developer="John Freeborn">John Freeborn</moby> released this Flash game, a skateboarding-themed homage to Pitfall!
- MobyGames ID: 8793
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Contributors to this Entry
Game added by Servo.
Atari 5200 added by RKL. Xbox 360, Windows added by Alaka. Windows Phone, BREW added by Kabushi. ColecoVision added by Satoshi Kunsai. Atari 8-bit added by Terok Nor. MSX added by koffiepad.
Additional contributors: Guy Chapman, Pseudo_Intellectual, LepricahnsGold, Patrick Bregger, Kevin Tuttle, robMSX.
Last modified February 22nd, 2023.