Unfortunately, we have recently learned that the original Pitfall!,
despite being in the SNES version of Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure,
will in fact not be included in this port due to time and space
The good news is that we finally have some actual GBA screenshots
of the game in action. The quality of them is somewhat suspect (they
look like they were taken from a camera and not directly from the
game), but they do give a good idea of how faithful it will be to
the original SNES version. Take a look:
Updated By: Jared Black
One of my favorite games as a kid was the original Pitfall,
developed by Activision, for the Atari 2600. Perhaps the first true
platforming game ever (some claim Super Mario Bros. is because each
world isnít broken into screens), the original Pitfall
featured lots of scary (well, too my young imagination anyway)
jungle environments filled with (naturally) pits, vines, crocodiles,
snakes and other jungle nasties.
Activision realized the fond memories many gamers had of the
original Pitfall, and attempted to resurrect the series in the early
16-bit days with Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure for the SNES,
Genesis and PC. In a lot of ways they succeeded, as it was a well
received 2D platformer that garnered decent reviews. It never quite
achieved the legendary status of the original though. Now, Majesco
has licensed the title from Activision. Pitfall: The Mayan
Adventure for the GBA is in essence a port of the SNES version.
Since itís just a port of the original version, itís pretty
safe to assume that Pitfall will feature the same storyline as the
SNES version. Taken directly from the SNES manual:
Many years ago there was a daring adventurer who traveled the
world in search of ancient legends and lost treasures. His
journeys took him across the seven seas and to the ends of the
earth. He ventured into vast, uncharted regions filled with
unthinkable dangers. As word of his exploits filtered back to
civilization, he soon became larger than life...a legend. This
great explorer was Pitfall Harry.
After many successful quests, Harry settled down to raise his
son, Harry Junior. Having inherited his fatherís love of the
unknown, Harry Jr. grew up to become a hip 18-year-old with a deep
sense of adventure- and a bit of an attitude. He quickly learned
the thrill of exploration and discovery and soon experienced many
exciting quests of his own.
Hearing of his sonís thrilling escapades, Pitfall Harry
realized how much he longed for the life he once knew. So together
the daring duo set off for the jungles of Central America in
search of the lost treasures of the Mayans.
But something went terribly wrong...
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure is what youíd expect out of a
platform game based on the Pitfall license. Youíll once again
explore the jungles of South America, facing off against crocodiles,
skeletons, jaguars and a host of other jungle dwellers in an attempt
to rescue your father. Naturally, youíll also do a lot of
vine-swinging. The Mayan Adventure also had the original Pitfall
hidden in it, and itís a good bet that will make it to the GBA as
Majesco is aiming at providing a "user-friendly"
control setup, while at the same time featuring a storyline and
gameplay that will appeal to seasoned platform gamers. Itíll also
feature 10 worlds, down slightly from the 13 worlds in the original
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure.
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure is currently scheduled for release
with the GBA launch on June 11th.