Pitfall! (A26)

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Platform: Atari 2600
Year: 1982
Developer: Activision, Inc.
Buy: Amazon

Pitfall! is one of the very first platform adventure games featuring several elements that would become mainstays of the genre including running, jumping, hopping over enemies, and climbing ladders. You control the hero, Pitfall Harry, and must guide him through the jungle in search of valuable treasures like gold and silver bars, bags of money, and diamond rings. All the while you must avoid a vast assortment of dangers including cobras, fires, pits, scorpions, tar pits, alligators, and a never-ending stream of rolling logs. The game ends when you've run out of time, lost all your lives, or collected the last treasure.


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The title screen.

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Swinging over some gators.

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Beware the snake at the end of the tar pit.

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Just barely clearing the fire.

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Found a diamond ring!

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There's a silver bar, but I don't trust the empty ground.


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David Crane, being a programmer, not a musician, borrowed the fanfares of his audio from a couple well-known themes from television. The fanfare for swinging across the vine comes from Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan Yell, and the death theme is the popular five notes from the Dragnet theme, originally composed by Miklós Rózsa for the movie The Killers.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Vine Fanfare Johnny WeissmullerDavid Crane 0:02
02 Death Fanfare Miklós RózsaDavid Crane 0:02
03 Treasure Fanfare Tommy WalkerDavid Crane 0:01



David Crane, being the sole developer of the game, also programmed the audio, arranged the lifted fanfares, and created the new sound effects.

Game Rip

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The music has yet to be ripped. The current recording was made while playing the game.


  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Pitfall!
Platform: Atari 2600
Released: 1982-04-20
Publisher: Activision, Inc.
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Title: Pitfall!
Platform: Atari 2600
Released: 1982-??-??
Publisher: Activision, Inc.
  Australia.svg   Australia
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Title: Pitfall!
Platform: Atari 2600
Released: 198?-??-??
Publisher: Activision, Inc.
  Germany.svg   Germany
Pitfall! - A26 - Germany.jpg
Title: Pitfall!
Platform: Atari 2600
Released: 198?-??-??
Publisher: Activision, Inc.