Classic abandons its roots but one-ups the competition.

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Ease of play

Like Temple Run, the game is very much based on your timing, which takes a while to learn. As it progresses, things speed up and there are more obstacles, making it harder to master. 


Players can die by running off a ledge, running into a low-hanging obstacle, or failing to slide or jump in time. They can also be bitten by snakes. One bite flashes "blood" on the screen, while two kill your character. 

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Players can buy upgrades and power-ups using in-app currency. You can earn it in-game, but you can also purchase it with real-world money in amounts ranging from $2 to $30. 

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pitfall is a modern re-imagining of the classic console game that is more like Temple Run than its namesake. Players can die in a variety of ways, from being bitten by snakes to running off a cliff or bashing their head on a low-hanging temple ruin. When a snake bites a player, the screen flashes (and stays) red. In-app purchases are available, though not aggressively pitched. And players can earn in-game credits, rather than buying them, if they're patient. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Pitfall wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Pitfall wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Pitfall players run in an endless (and ultimately fruitless) attempt to escape a variety of dangers, such as an angry volcano god. Swiping the screen from side to side turns corners, while swiping upward or downward causes your character to jump or slide under obstacles. Tapping the screen lets the character use his whip to kill snakes, which would otherwise bite him (injuring or killing the character).

Is it any good?


First and foremost, players who are nostalgic for the 1980s title that gave birth to the adventure genre are likely to be upset. With this Pitfall remake, Activision chose to follow the popular path tread by Temple Run. And the knee-jerk reaction to that is disappointment, until you realize the developers might have actually done it better.  

The game's a virtual clone, only with snakes and whips, but it's brighter, funnier, and has a welcome checkpoint system, letting players start where they left off, rather than having to start at the beginning of the game. It's frustrating that Activision took the easy path by cloning a popular genre, but they did such a good job that it's hard to complain. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:August 9, 2012
Category:Arcade Games
Size:45.50 MB
Publisher:Activision Publishing, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Teen, 16 years old Written bylovzhisdad January 5, 2013

Indiana Jones-like game based on an 80's arcade game

there's constant peril, like falling into a pit of spikes. Plus,You're constantly required to use a whip to "kill" rattlesnakes and scorpions, and the main character sometimes says things like "It stings, doesn't it?", but it doesn't get any worse than that.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism


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