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Pitfall: The lost Expedition
15 May 2004
Excerpt: If you're old enough to recognize the word 'Atari' as something more than a brand printed on trendy T-shirts then you almost certainly also remember Activision's classic Pitfall adventure. The title, which debuted in 1982 for the gone, but not forgotten 2600, pioneered the-then-underdeveloped adventure genre and left a whole slew of budding gamers daydreaming about scorpion-filled tunnels and platform-ready crocodiles.
Conclusion: the Jungle, for the Playstation were both solid, fun titles. In this latest installment, "Pitfall: The Lost Expedition" our hero has re-emerged with a significant makeover. The jaunty, cartoonish graphics are a break from the more realistic tone set by the series' most recent predecessors, and the new look, combined with silly, well-acted cut-scenes, invest Pitfall Harry and friends with personalities that fit perfectly into the game's plot.
Excerpt: If I ask you about old action games, what immediately comes to mind? Super Mario Brothers? Ghosts and Goblins? Bionic Commando, perhaps? Potentially Mega Man…Good guesses, but all of these owe their fundamental game mechanics to an oft-overlooked seminal title that spawned a genre. I’m talking about 1982’s immensely popular Pitfall title on the legendary Atari 2600.
Excerpt: Immediately after starting the game, Harry is plunged into battle against a large fire jaguar demon. Letting his guard down during a moment of overconfidence, Harry is pounced upon and is quickly about to make peace with his maker. But before he’s slaughtered by the beast, he sees his life flash before his eyes…rather, he sees the past day or so flash before his eyes and exactly what got him in this spot to begin with.
Conclusion: The Verdict Pitfall: The Lost Expedition is a very solid adventure game and a great addition to the Pitfall franchise, allowing players to experience the world of Pitfall in a "hands-on" way they never have before. Some may find the game a little too easy and finish it a bit too quickly, but it really is one of those games that is fun enough and entertaining enough to play through at least a couple of times.