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Pitfall II
By Activision
Spectrum 48K

Published in Sinclair User #35

Pitfall 2: Lost Caverns

Do you ever get that sinking feeling? Seven flights of flickering yellow ladder and a cold bath in a subterranean river should be enough to give you the shivers, and that is about all you will get from Pitfall II.

A gigantic playing area of straight tunnels and dead ends, peopled by fuzzy white bats, dwarf condors, and spermatozoic sea snakes awaits you, as you guide Pitfall Harry on his quest to rescue Rhonda, his niece.

Control is not easy, and when Harry reaches ladders and pits he falls at a frightening speed. You must keep holding the joystick to the right or left and watch him inch sideways as he plummets, hopefully avoiding bats and finding a safe ledge before he hits the bottom. There is clearly scope for strategy here, but there is so little you can do to avoid the nasties that the exercise will probably become boring long before the problem is solved.

Chris Bourne

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