National Game Registry 1983: Pitfall II Lost Caverns

PITFALL II: LOST CAVERNS
original platform
Atari 2600
notable conversions
Atari 5200 (1984)
Atari 800 (1984)
developer/publisher
Activision
key personnel
David Crane
Mike Lorenzen (Atari 800/5200 “Special Adventurer’s Edition”)

The sequel to Pitfall! is true to the spirit of the original while adding many new elements. Lost Caverns introduces vertical gameplay, save points, swimming and non-player characters. The presence of music is a welcome improvement, featuring a rousing march that brilliantly shifts to a minor key when Pitfall Harry takes damage. Enemies are much more formidable than those of the original game, but Pitfall Harry now possesses infinite lives. There is no time limit, resulting in a an exploration-oriented adventure. The version released for Atari 5200 and Atari 800 more than doubled the length of the game, adding a new cavern, new enemies, items, and hazards, resulting in the definitive version of the game.

Atari 5200

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns was inducted on February 23rd, 2009.

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