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Pitfall: The Lost Expedition (GBA)

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      25.05.2009 00:52



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      "Pitfall: The Lost Expedition" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2004 by Activision. It is based on the "Pitfall" series of video games. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      The gameplay of this title follows Pitfall Harry in a standard platform adventure. The game is split into "Worlds" and each world begins with a mini game to familarize the player with the background scenes. These mini games, though, do not reflect actual gameplay as Harry can be seen using obscure devices such as pogo sticks to hop across a stage. The next four stages of the world are standard platform designs with the player running, jumping and swinging by use of vines to navigate from left to right. Harry will also be met by an assortment of enemies which can almost always be avoided by use of his higher than average jump. In areas where confrontation is required, however, Harry makes use of his equipped slingshot to eliminate them from play. Should Harry meet his demise in the game it does not spell the end of the road for the player. Instead, players will be sent back to the start of the level they are currently playing and reattempt the task. There is an unlimited amount of continues which allows for certainty in completion of the game in full.

      The graphics of the game are presented from a side scrolling perspective which focuses on Harry. The images are very cartoon-like in their appearance and are very well animated to feature numerous gestures and taunts when progressing through the game. Should Harry discover an enemy, for example, his eyes will come out of his sockets in surprise and ghosts will fly from their fallen bodies after defeat. The animations are very smooth in delivery and I did not notice any obvious slowdown. The levels themselves are well designed and reflect typical jungle wilderness settings. The soundtrack also reflects a jungle setting in its musical scores and also features voice snippets from Harry when making use of certain actions. Some of these voice snippets come across as being slightly muffled in the Gameboy's tinny speakers, however.

      Overall, The Lost Expedition is a good adventure game which I would recommend to prospective buyers. Its use of unlimited continues is particularly appealing as difficult areas can be evident. Spread across 27 stages in total, it is likely that the game would keep a player occupied for an extended period of time.


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