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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 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.

Screenshots

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Atari 2600 The starting location
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns MSX Jump over the holes
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Atari 8-bit Another checkpoint; but how do I get there?
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns Atari 2600 Some bats flying overhead

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 (43211)

Critic Reviews

TeleMatch Atari 2600 May, 1984 1 out of 6 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Nov 04, 2001 A 100
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Jun 09, 2001 95 out of 100 95
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Aug 05, 2011 A- 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1985 34 out of 40 85
Oldies Rising Atari 2600 Dec 25, 2013 17 out of 20 85
Techtite Atari 2600 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 60 out of 100 60
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 (34250)
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 (94102), Terok Nor (34250), Servo (57351), koffiepad (10502) and Jeanne (76190)
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