Experience the grand adventure of the 23 year old game Pitfall. You play as veteran jungle explorer named Pitfall Harry. Go deep into the vast jungle to collect a variety of items such as gold, silver bars and diamond rings. Diamond Rings are worth 5000 points, Gold Bars are worth 4000 points, Silver Bars are worth 3000 points, and Money Bags are worth 2000 points. While collecting these precious treasures there are a number of obstacles that you have to overcome which include swinging across vines or hurdling dangerous obstacles which include large pitfalls, deep lakes, quicksand, tar-pits, alligators, scorpions, snakes, and rolling logs.
Fall down a hole or hit a rolling log then you will loose points from your initial 2000 that you begin with. If you get eaten by those hungry alligators, black scorpions, big snakes, hot fire, or fall into the tar-pit you loose a man and remember you can only stand on the alligators if their mouth is closed, unless you are right over there eyeballs. It takes real timing to get through all this. Just remember you have to collect as many of the 32 treasures as you can in a 20 minute time period with only 3 lives to spare. Luckily there are many underground short-cuts to help you along your way, but there is no treasure to be found below. There are
a total of 256 different screens to explore! It has appealing primitive graphics and a simple principle of running, jumping, and climbing. There is no back round music. There are however some sound effects like when he jumps and when he does a funny little Tarzan impression. The controls are easy to use in this game. You can move from left to right, jumping and climbing up and down.
Players who were able to rack up 20,000 points or higher were eligible to receive the "Explorer's Club" patch from Activision if they sent in a screenshot to the company. It has gone down in videogame history as one of the most popular games in the Atari library. If you like this game then I would also recommend Pitfall II.
Pitfall can also be found in other games other than the original one for the Atari 2600. There is the Mayan Adventure for the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Atari Jaguar, and Sega CD.