Parents' Guide to

Pitfall Planet

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clever cooperative puzzle game for all ages.

Game Nintendo Switch 2019
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It seems simple enough, but this puzzle game gets increasingly more complicated and clever as time goes on, and it's full of cooperative fun for players of all ages. In Pitfall Planet, two robots are stranded on a mysterious planet and are trying to get home. To do this, they must move around the world, hitting switches, picking up rocks, and doing whatever they must to unlock the elevator that will take them to the next area. This proves to become more complicated and clever on each level. But not only do players have to figure out what to do, they also have to work together to it.

The twist with solving the puzzles in Pitfall Planet is that you can play this game cooperatively with a friend sitting on the couch next to you, or on your own controlling the two robots individually. This latter action does, naturally, add another layer of complexity, since you use the Switch's two thumbsticks to move the robots around on their own, and sometimes simultaneously. What stands out is that the robots and the gameplay are just so darn cute that any player will get entranced by this game. That's a nice bonus to the gameplay as the worlds get increasingly more complex, clever, and even hazardous and as the robots get closer and closer to escaping Pitfall Planet.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Abstraction
  • Release date: April 4, 2019
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: April 4, 2019

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