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You play Pitfall Harry searching for the Raj diamond, his niece Rhonda, her cat Quickclaw and a variety of treasures somewhere in the Andes. Poisonous frogs, eels, scorpions, bats, and other hazards get in the way.

Pitfall II is the sequel to Pitfall!, the original platform game. Gameplay has remained pretty much the same, with each screen presenting a side view of obstacles to get past, and potentially treasures to collect. The landscape is more maze-like, with a variety of paths and dead ends to search. Along the way, there are checkpoints the player will encounter in the form of red crosses. When the player dies, Pitfall Harry will be sent back to the most recently crossed checkpoint. The score is reduced based on the distance traveled to get to the cross.

As he explores Harry can collect gold bars which give him a 5000 points award. His total score acts as an energy reserve. If the score is reduced to zero then the game ends and the player must restart from the beginning.


Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Atari 2600 Some treasure, and a checkpoint in view
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Atari 2600 The starting location
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Atari 2600 An underground river
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Atari 2600 Watch out for electric eels in the water

Promo Images

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Magazine Advertisement Back cover

Alternate Titles

  • "ピットフォールII" -- Japanese spelling
  • "David Crane's Pitfall II: Lost Caverns" -- Alternate title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

The closest the 2600 ever came to an epic TheoryOfChaos (55) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Do more things besides collecting gold Katakis | カタキス (42937) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

TeleMatch May, 1984 1 out of 6 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 25, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Tilt Apr, 1984 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
Retro Game Reviews Apr 24, 2016 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
The Atari Times Jun 09, 2001 95 out of 100 95
The Video Game Critic Aug 05, 2011 A- 91
Woodgrain Wonderland Sep 11, 2017 A- 91
Oldies Rising Dec 25, 2013 17 out of 20 85
Techtite 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


Topic # Posts Last Post
Maybe this game should be split... (Arcade, SG-1000?) 2 Terok Nor (32581)
Aug 07, 2015


High score reward

If the player sent proof of a score of 99,000 points or more for the Atari 2600 version of the game, they would be rewarded with a Cliff Hangers patch. Here is a picture of that patch at AtariAge.

Method of Porting Apple II version

In his Game Developer Research Institute interview, Rex Bradford, the developer who ported Pitfall II to the Apple II platform from the Atari 2600, mentions that they ignored the source code they were provided with and re-wrote the game from scratch after studying the game play of the original.


  • Retro Gamer Magazine
    • (Issue 46) - #1 'Top 25 Atari 2600'
  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #56 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'

Related Web Sites

  • Cave map (A map of the entire cavern.)
  • Game Map (A screenshot map of the game)
Servo (57355) added Pitfall II: Lost Caverns (Atari 2600) on Apr 03, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Alaka (90657), Terok Nor (32581), Servo (57355), koffiepad (10503) and Jeanne (76206)
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