Picture this! You are deep in the recesses of a forbidden jungle - an unforgiving place few explorers ever survive. But you've got courage, because you're with Pitfall Harry, the world famous jungle explorer and fortune hunter extraordinaire. the lure of hidden treasures draws you and Harry deeper and deeper into the bush...
--From the Atari 2600 Pitfall instruction manual.
Pitfall Harry is out for treasure in the jungle. Swing from vines, jump rolling logs, and hop from crocodile head to crocodile head in the search of treasure.
Your objective is to collect all the treasures, and complete all 256 scenes in 20 minutes. Problem is, you can't cover all 256 in the time allotted, so you've got to use shortcuts.The shortcuts are the tunnels below the main path. When ever you change scenes underground, you're skipping 3 scenes above ground. Sadly, no treasure is located underground.
There will be a number of Pitfalls in your journey you'll have to overcome. You've got to avoid water, tar pits, scorpions, fire, and snakes (why'd it have to be snakes?) or you will lose one of your precious three lives. If you fall through a hole or hit a log you will lose points.
You have the ability to swing from vines and climb ladders. Climbing ladders is a simple matter of pressing up or down. Swinging on vines is pretty easy to. Simply jump onto the vine, and press down when you want to jump off. Another challenge are crocodiles. You can only stand on their mouths when they are closed, but you can always stand on the back of their heads. It takes real timing to make it past these foes quickly.
|Down||Jump off of vines, climb down ladders|