Pitfall! for Android.

Now that we've got our initial excitement out of the way, let's take a slightly deeper look at Pitfall for Android. What we've got is a rebooted version of the classic 1980s video game, one of the original side-scrollers we grew up with on the Atari 2600. Things have changed a little.

The game starts out with a cool look at the original, which then zooms out to Pitfall Harry viewing the classic on a tablet of his own. Only, it's time to run. Damned volcanoes.

The game itself is simple -- very simple. If you've played Temple Run, you've got the gist of Pitfall. Jump over things. Slide under them. Turn left and right, whip enemies, collect silver treasure. Try to run as far as you can. (Hint: Get to a checkpoint as soon as you can.) It's a nice little time-waster, but that's about all.

It's a free game, so that means in-app purchases, which can help speed you on your way. Or you can take your time, play the game, and eventually buy new power-ups and outfits. (Yes. New outfits.)

We've got a little hands-on video after the break. Enjoy!


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First look: Pitfall for Android


Wonder if it plays in landscape mode on a phone too?
I loved Pitfall as a kid....So simple yet so hard back then.
I really like the perspective Phil.

A fun little game more reminiscent of Temple Run than Pitfall. I wish there was a way to back out of the game/exit the game rather than hitting my menu button though. Maybe there is and I haven't found it yet. It would be nice if there was a way to play the classic game, too.

Back in August, I bought the full Activision Anthology and that has the old one along with another old favorite I liked, River Raid.
Controls for Anthology though are pretty bad.

So can you actually "progress" through the game by getting to the unlock stages, or does it always dump you back to the beginning whenever you reopen the game?


You "progress" by reaching and unlocking checkpoints--but to use those checkpoints requires buying in-game medallions, which cost gems. You can get gems either through levelling up or purchasing them with real money.

Ahh Pitfall. Born in 85, my family still loved the Atari 2600. I spent many hours playing this game. To be honest, I still do play it from time to time. I still have our working 2600 as well as an emulator for it on my S3 (2600.emu).

Another '69 baby here. There is literally an Atari logo T-shirt on me right now.

I think I'll stick with the original in an emulator, though. Got the cartridge right here but my 2600 and our HDTV don't get along. Pitfall was incredibly innovative in 1982, and it's a shame that Activision has chosen to slap the brand name on a Temple Run ripoff instead of either recreating the feel of the original (epic game that lasts a maximum of 20 minutes) or coming up with something genuinely new.

First, it's nothing like the classic Pitfall. It's a Temple Run clone.
Second, it is stuttering often (Nexus 4).

I haven't had any problems at all with it on my Nexus 7... as for the 'Temple Run clone': it is, sort of, but it takes it a step further IMO. In all, a very fun game!

In my mobile phone it says "Your device is below the minimum requirements. it can cause performance problems?"T\Why is it so?I have looked at the requirements it says higher than 2.3.3 while I have 4.0.4 and it says 800 Mhz while I have 1 Ghz processor.