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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!


Pitfall! Atari 2600 Entering the catacomb of tunnels below... it is a different world down there.
Pitfall! Atari 2600 Use ropes to swing over bottomless pits and swamps
Pitfall! Atari 2600 Title screen / starting the game
Pitfall! Atari 2600 Score has reached 20,000 points... now eligible to take a Polaroid snapshot of the TV screen and send it to Activision to receive the "Explorer's Club" patch and join the team of Pitfall enthusiasts!

Promo Images

Pitfall! Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Pitfall Harry's Jungle Adventure" -- subtitle
  • "Jungle Runner" -- Working title
  • "ピットフォール" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Pitfall Harry's adventures in the jungle Katakis | カタキス (42793) 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 (793) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Techtite 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Woodgrain Wonderland Sep 11, 2017 A+ 100
neXGam Jun 27, 2013 8.8 out of 10 88
Retroage May 21, 2009 8.6 out of 10 86
Retro4Ever Sep 18, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
JoyStik Dec, 1982 8.3 out of 10 83
Oldies Rising Oct 10, 2013 16 out of 20 80
8-bit Central Retro Gaming 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Game Hoard Apr 12, 2022 5 out of 7 71
VideoGame Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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.

Explorer's Club

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.


  • 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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Servo (57355) added Pitfall! (Atari 2600) on Apr 04, 2003
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