Pitfall Harry's son appears with a buffed-out 16-bit version of the classic, and it's better than ever!
Keeping Up with The Joneses
Pitfall Harry is lost somewhere in the Mayan ruins, so Harry Jr. decides he's going to brave the toughest temples and most fearsome forests to find him. You must help young Harry find fame, fortune, and father, all in the same day.
Ruined temples and lush forests aside, you'll also have to travel through deserted mines, across thunderous waterfalls, and into a nocturnal jungle. The Mayans didn't inhabit the rainforests alone, either- bats, rats, and jungle cats keep you on your toes. Just to make sure you don't get bored, there are also hidden areas, traps, and treasures. And you'll even come across the original Activision Pitfall for the 2600!
What's a fortune hunter to do? Or to do it with? Harry Jr. is armed with a whip, which also serves as a grappling hook where appropriate. He also finds bombs, boomerangs, and bags of rocks to use against enemies.
ProTip: Continually try to jump past trees in the jungle. You're bound to find hidden areas.
It's a Jungle in Here
Pitfall contains some of the best character animations ever seen in a SNES game. The intricate climbing and swinging sequences are complimented by smooth running and I jumping illustrations. The enemies even have their own distinct personalities, like paper-thin revolving archers or bloodsucking bats.
The music is your standard game drone, but the sound effects are marvelously lifelike. From junior's exclamations (when he gets near a cliff) to the rich animal sound effects, this game is definitely an adventure for the ears.
- You can push mine carts and use them as step ladders.
- Activision's original Atari 2600 game is in the first part of the Temple of Coban stage. Just jump up and go to the far left. When you see these 2600 scorpions, go through the door and proceed left again. Jump over the low wall, and you'll see the Vortex that will take you to this classic game.
And an adventure for the thumbs as well, because Harry Jr. has lots of close calls and pitfalls. The smooth controls are responsive, but not always accurate. You have to play the game a little before you get the hang of handling Harry Jr.
Bring On River Raid!
Now that you've seen the commitment that Activision has put into restoring this classic game, you almost want to see what it'll do with River Raid, its other smash for the 2600. But until then, you'll have plenty of fun with this title, which is challenging and entertaining at the same time. While other action/adventure games stumble, Pitfall doesn't take a pratfall.