David Crane’s new (Jungle) Adventure

David Crane, best known for co-founding Activision and designing and programming such games as Laser Blast, Pitfall, Ghostbusters and Little Computer People, is back in the saddle again. In conjuncture with Pitfall’s 30th anniversary, Crane would like to create a modern, 2D “Pitfall-esque” adventure game titled “Jungle Adventure.”

Unfortunately he can’t call it “Pitfall 3” because he doesn’t own the rights to the name. However, based on some of the conceptual art Crane has posted on the project’s website, I think you can see Pitfall’s influence.

For more information about the game, check out the Jungle Adventure Kickstarter Page and the Jungle Venture website. Crane is looking to raise $900k to fund the game. If only Pitfall Harry had saved a few of those treasures he found over the years!

Video Review of Pitfall! for the Atari 2600

Today’s video review is of the legendary Pitfall! for Atari 2600. This is one of the definitive titles for the Atari 2600 and a “must own” in my opinion. I have played nearly every game made for the system and Pitfall! by David Crane is always the game I come back to again and again. It is also the game I will give to people who have never played the 2600 before. So it is THE 8bit ambassador of fun.

The video format and all that fun stuff is a work in progress. If you have any video or animation skills though and would like to send me some advice or help with anything, please email me at retroist@retroist.com. You can subscribe to the Retroist YouTube channel here. More videos from people who are not me should be coming soon to the site, so keep watching.

Atari 2600: Pitfall Commercial (1982)


Activision’s Pitfall by David Crane for the Atari 2600 was one of their best titles ever produced. Many, many people that I’ve met and talked to have a tendency to bring up this title when discussing the glory days of the 2600.

Don’t take my word for it…listen to what Jack Black has to say!

Sadly, I wish I could still pick up some Atari games at Walgreen’s like it says at the end of that commercial.

Pitfall has of course been ported to pretty much everything but perhaps your wrist watch and if you find you are still having a hard time getting the top score you might want to watch this How to Beat Video Games: Pitfall video that the Retroist posted a couple of years back.

Or you could ask for advice from the Retroist himself or perhaps Metagirl…because I’ve seen their XBLA Game Room scores on Pitfall, it made me look at my best tries…and walk away in shame.

Thanks to AtariAge for that awesome Pitfall 2600 box art up top, that just happens to be signed by it’s creator, David Crane! Thank you to Revenge 0f The Nerd as well for uploading the commercial over on YouTube.

Atari 2600’s Vanguard Commercial (1982)

I sadly never have had the opportunity to play Vanguard in the arcades of my youth, my first and only brush with this title came on the Atari 2600 home console. I let a school friend borrow my copy of Pitfall one afternoon and he let me borrow his Vanguard cartridge. The Hawkmen theme from the Flash Gordon movie is what stood out the most to me after playing the title.

I do not recall ever seeing this wonderful commercial for the game either…

A big thanks to AtariAge for the Vanguard box art up top and to Cronomike for uploading the trailer on YouTube.