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Pitfall Planet

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Clever cooperative puzzle game for all ages.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Failure is part of life, and sometimes you have to do things over and over until you get them right. But doing so could save the life of a couple of cute robots.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The two robots have to work together but independently to solve problems so they can get to the next area and, hopefully, find a way off this mysterious planet.

Ease of Play

Though the controls are simple, this gets increasingly more complicated and difficult as it progresses. It also requires players to control two robots individually, which can be tricky.

Violence & Scariness

While there are hazards, the game is cartoony, and the main characters are robots, so there's no blood or gore. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pitfall Planet is a downloadable puzzle game for the Nintendo Switch. Controlling two robots independently — or one each if played co-op — players have to help the bots navigate the complicated surface of an alien planet. Because the game's cartoony, there's no inappropriate content. That said, younger gamers might get confused by the tougher sections of gameplay, which can be tricky when you're trying to control both robots at the same time.

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What's it about?

In PITFALL PLANET, a pair of robots land on a mysterious planet after the robot captain of their space ship falls asleep at the wheel and doesn't notice his ship is heading into an asteroid field. After landing safely, the two survivors see their ship crash in the distance, and head out to find the captain and, presumably, the stuff they left behind in their cabins. To do so, you must move the two bots independently around the world -- or co-operatively if you play with a friend -- doing what you can to unlock an elevator that will take them to the next area.

Is it any good?

Though it seems simple enough, this puzzle game gets increasingly more complicated and clever as time goes on, but 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 complicated and clever on each level than the one before it. But this not only requires players 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 co-operatively 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 them 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 as the robots get closer and closer to escaping Pitfall Planet!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about working together. In Pitfall Planet, two robots have to work together to get through each section, and can either be played on your own or with someone else controlling the other robot, so what does this teach you about cooperation?

  • To get through Pitfall Planet, you have to think ahead and solve problems, so does this show you anything important about thinking before you act? How has planning made it easier for you to solve this game's puzzles?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Price: $11.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Abstraction
  • Release date: April 4, 2019
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence

For kids who love puzzles

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