Activision Releases Classic Jungle Adventure Game ‘Pitfall’ for iPad

Atari fans rejoice – Pitfall Harry is back for more jungle adventures!  In honor of the franchise’s 30th birthday, Activision has released a modern incarnation of the 1982 classic game Pitfall!, which cemented the “jump-and-run” adventure game as a fixture in adventure gaming history.

The app features thrilling new environments and twists on the classic Pitfall! gameplay, incorporating stunning 3D visuals and instinctive touch controls crafted exclusively for mobile devices.  As players traverse a volcanic island covered in jungle and long-forgotten villages, they will encounter all the iconic objects from the original – crocodiles, rope swings, gold bars, diamond rings, cobras and more.

The object of the game is also true to the original, collecting loot, power-ups and experience while dodging obstacles in maze-like cave systems to earn high scores and compete with friends.  However, the side-scrolling screen was ditched along with the old-school graphics in favor of an infinite runner experience, similar to Temple Run.

The Pitfall! remake is the first game developed at Activision’s recently revealed Leeds, UK-based studio, The Blast Furnace.  “The original Pitfall! on the Atari 2600 pioneered the action-platform/runner genre,” said Gordon Hall, Chief Creative Officer of The Blast Furnace.  “The team has kept the elements that made the original so much fun to play, and merged them with a cool, retro HD art style, updated controls and play mechanics to keep both old-school fans and newcomers happy.”

The new Pitfall! App for mobile is a universal app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and is available for purchase today in the App Store for $0.99.  The Blast Furnace is planning on evolving the game over time through future content updates, and is also working on a version for Android devices to launch at a later date.

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