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Description

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 travelled 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.

Screenshots

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns ZX Spectrum Avoid the electric eel below you
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Atari 8-bit One of the beginning above ground areas
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Atari 5200 Lot's of dangerous creatures here...
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 Atari 2600 TheoryOfChaos (55)
Do more things besides collecting gold Atari 2600 Katakis | カタキス (42253)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Dec 11, 2011 A+ 100
Tilt Atari 2600 Apr, 1984 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
TeleMatch Atari 2600 May, 1984 1 out of 6 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Sep 25, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Sep 11, 2017 A- 91
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 5200 Sep 25, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Oldies Rising Atari 2600 Dec 25, 2013 17 out of 20 85
Techtite Atari 2600 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Sep, 1989 6.75 out of 12 56
Defunct Games ColecoVision Dec 22, 2017 C 50

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Maybe this game should be split... (Arcade, SG-1000?) 2 Terok Nor (31681)
Aug 07, 2015

Trivia

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.

Awards

  • 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)
Contributed to by Alaka (81537), Terok Nor (31681), Servo (57358), koffiepad (10504) and Jeanne (76260)
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