Pitfall: The Lost Expedition

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Pitfall: The Lost Expedition

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  • Explore and vine-swing across over 40 challenging and adventure-filled levels
  • Arm yourself with cool tools, including a slingshot, TNT and ice axes
  • Battle enemies at every turn–from human mercenaries to piranhas and scorpions
  • Adventure your way through a vast landscape, from forests to ancient ruins to subterranean mines
  • For 1 player

Pitfall: The Lost Expedition – Pitfall Harry, the 80s arcade hero, comes back in all-new graphics and gameplay. Lead Harry on a series of great adventures through the world’s most remote jungles!

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  1. 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Best Pitfall Installment Yet!, January 20, 2005
    By 
    KnyteOwl (Noneyaville, USA) –

    = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Pitfall: The Lost Expedition (CD-ROM)

    I’ve been a fan of Pitfall games since the franchise’s 1982 debut on the Atari 2600, and played each of the five subsequent games. I’m also a big fan of mascot platformers. So after seeing it at CompUSA shortly after it’s launch, it didn’t take long for me to talk myself into buying it. I have to admit to being a bit skeptical at first because mascot platformers are rare on the PC, and it’s typical for them to be buggy, poorly coded, and very haphazardly ported overall. I’m pleased to report however that my skepticism was misplaced, and that I was in for a true treat. ‘Lost Expedition’ manages to avoid many of the “pitfalls” (pun intended) that so many other console ports usually fall into. But given that Activsion has always been careful to treat what is perhaps their signature franchise with respect, this should come as no surprise. The game includes native gamepad support (including rumblepads), has pretty good graphics, and perhaps best of all, doesn’t force you to switch between using your gamepad, and keyboard/mouse when you exit to the menus; a feature you come to appreciate when playing the game on a TV using a gamepad. The game does prefer, and play best with a dual analog gamepad, so if you’e got one around, you should definitely dig it out for this game. On another note regarding gamepads and controllers, please be aware that this game will require an older type, DirectInput gamepad (like the Logitech Dual Action, or Rumblepad 2 for example) for full, and proper gamepad support. Even if the game will detect an X-Box 360 controller for Windows, it most likely will not behave correctly since the game pre-dates, and therefore does not support Xinput. Keyboard controls are customizable (the mouse is not used), but I don’t use them, and can’t speak to how intuitive, or well implemented they are. This installment in the Pitfall franchise marks a milestone. Despite numerous homages to it’s predecessors, it is in no way a re-make of, or sequel to any previous Pitfall adventure. For the first time since “Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure”, you’re not playing as the son of the legend, Pitfall Harry Jr; you’re stepping into the hiking boots of the man himself. Turned over to the capable hands of the developers at “Edge of Reality”, this installment is a re-imagining of the character, and a re-boot of the franchise, complete with a suprisingly epic plot.

    Our story opens with a brief interactive fight sequence with Harry fighting a fiery demon jaguar named “Supai” in a flame shrouded, circular arena. Though it may sound like you’re being thrown in at the deep end, this is actually an easy fight you cannot lose (since you have infinite health). Upon Supai’s defeat, Harry momentarily lets his guard down. Feigning defeat, and enraged by Harry’s triumphant gloating, Supai ambushes Harry, bent on finishing him off. Just before he delivers the finishing blow however, the action abruptly freezes, and Harry begins bringing us up to speed (via cutscenes and a first person narrative) on the events that got him into this predicament. The story is thus: it’s 1937, and while en-route via plane to an expedition, Harry is getting acquainted with expedition leader Dr. Bernard Bittenbinder, and bookworm/archeologist Nicole McAllister when a fierce thunderstorm damages their plane over the Paruvian jungle, forcing them to bail out. Unfortunately, as the expedition members begin filing out of the plane, Harry, Nicole, and Bittenbinder discover that there is only one parachute left. In the true spirit of chivalry, Harry and Bittenbinder decide to give the last parachute to Nicole, and go down with the doomed plane. Awakening in the jungle after the crash, and finding himself seperated from the expedition members, Harry spots distress flares in the sky, and sets off to rescue his colleagues. Thus, our adventure begins. Initially a straight forward rescue mission, Harry gets caught up in a much larger adventure when he encounters a sinister rival with diabolical plans to claim a priceless treasure, and an ancient power which could spell doom for Harry and his colleagues, and perhaps even the world at large.

    Though it’s been updated in many ways, Activision has gone to some pains here to avoid re-vamping the franchise to the point of alienating fans, and it has been treated with obvious respect. ‘Lost Expedition’ stays pretty true to Pitfall’s original gameplay formula of running and jumping puzzles, vine swinging, and treasure hunting, but adds several new dynamics to the mix, such as climbing and scaling walls and cliffs, and even rescuing a damsel in distress, as well as other explorers and comrades who provide Harry with gear they’ve salvaged from the plane wreck. For the first time since ‘Super Pitfall’, Harry’s long-standing friend “Quickclaw” shows up to help; though as a jaguar this time whereas he was originally a mountain lion. His presence is not just cursory either; after discovering early on that he’s…

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  2. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Old game still fun, December 30, 2010
    By 
    sam

    = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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    This review is from: Pitfall: The Lost Expedition (CD-ROM)

    I had this game when I had an Atari system. Fun then, still fun now. It is made for xp so the graphics are not great, I am running it on win 7 64 in compatability mode. Mouse isn’t recognized so it is just me and the keyboard. quirky, but fun.

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