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Pitfall!

by Activision See the Amazon Page for this brand
Atari 2600
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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  • ASIN: B000HMHNEW
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,226 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Vintage game for the Atari 2600 videogame console.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Greatest Game of All Time July 17, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Highly addictive gameplay. Very challenging and always fun. The first true platform game for a console that paved the way for all that was to come, but this is still the best platformer ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic platformer for a classic system.... July 25, 2012
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
One of the first platformers and one of the best during it's time. Activision was writing some stellar games for the Atari 2600, and Pitfall rates right up there with Space Invaders, Asteroids, Berzerk, and Missile Command as a "must own" for any Atari 2600 collector and/or player! First of all, the graphics were great, crisp, and clean. No background music, but plenty of sound effects to occupy your time as you ran, jumped, and collected through the jungle. Challenging as well, with many obstacles to jump over or avoid. Timing was another factor, to get over the pits that would appear beneath your feet.

You had 20 minutes to collect as much "treasure" as you could. Any time you hit a rolling log, points would be deducted from your score. And the only way to score was to collect the bounty littered on the jungle floor. This game was mesmerizing and addictive. I spent countless hours playing it, and can say I own this in my current Atari 2600 collection, one loose for playing, one complete in it's box with the original instructions.

I recommend this highly to all those that own an Atari 2600, and even those that are thinking about getting the old console, get this game for it. It's cheap and easy to pick up these days, so you should be able to find a copy with no problem. A great adventure with Pitfall Harry. You won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for its time, but a bit repetitive November 6, 2010
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Back in the early 1980s, the Atari 2600 was the top selling home video game system on the market. But one of its weaknesses was graphics. The 2600 often did not have the greatest graphics for its games. But then along came companies such as Activision and Imagic, made up at least in part of former Atari employees, and suddenly the Atari 2600 had some great games with great graphics.

One such game was Pitfall! by Activision, which came out in 1982.

What was the goal of Pitfall!? The player controls an onscreen character known as Pitfall Harry through a jungle while search for 32 treasures. Along the way, Harry has to swing on vines over the heads of crocodiles, jump over scorpions, avoid falling into bog pits and avoid all kinds of other nastiness. And toughest of all, Harry only has 20 minutes to find all 32 treasures.

Believe me, that was no easy task.

One of the great things about Pitfall! was that it was the first really popular Atari 2600 game to have solid graphics for the time period. Sure, that little image of Pitfall Harry on the screen was still a little blocky, but that was better than most former Atari 2600 images of characters which were often just big dots. There wasn't a ton of sound to Pitfall!, but that was uncommon for the time, though there was some and it wasn't too bad. The game play was easy enough.

But I have an admission to make. I never finished a game of Pitfall! all the way to the end. Why? To be honest, I found the game to be a bit tedious. By no means was it the worst Atari 2600 game I played back in the day, but it seemed all Pitfall Harry did was run and jump and swing. Plus, in my opinion, it didn't help that the game had a definite ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Fun and a true Atari 2600 classic July 31, 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is perhaps the greatest game on the Atari 2600. It had a good gameplay, pretty challenging and very good graphics for Atari 2600 standards. This game pushed the CPU and GPU limits of the Atari 2600 and what you get is a true masterpiece. This is not only perhaps the greatest Atari 2600 game, it's also one of the greatest third party video games of all time. Made by Activision, this game made Atari jealous that they didn't own the rights to this game. Pitfall is a great classic and shouldn't be missed by any retro gamer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun game. June 30, 2009
By M. King
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
In this game u go through a jungle and try to avoid the animals and logs and other objects that come at u. Each stage is on the tv sceen and each time that u complete a stage a new one comes on the tv. U swim, swing on vines, jump, climb up latters, and many more things. It is more fun than most 2600 games. The graphics and color is amazingly good for the 2600 and the sound and music is catchy. It is an awsome game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars greatest atari game May 23, 2014
By BK
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so many memories. Those crocodiles are the killers. Playing this you see how much influence these early games had on todays games. The game play is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pitfall! November 30, 2013
I love this game! I got it for 50 cents at a used games shop, and it was totally worth it! The gameplay is highly addicting, the adventure aspect is really fun, and the sound is good! (I like how when you die, it plays a dark tune.) and the graphics are some of the best on the system!
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