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Pitfall: The Lost Expedition is an action-adventure video game for the Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. It was released by Activision on February 18, 2004 in North America and February 20, 2004 in the PAL region. The PC version was released on October 15, 2004 only in North America. The game was also released on September 23, 2008 on the Nintendo Wii as Pitfall: The Big Adventure.[1]

Background/General information

Pitfall Harry, the fearless treasure hunting treasure hunter from the Pitfall series returns to help a beautiful archaeologist rescue her father and thwart the evil St. Claire from claiming the lost city of El Dorado. As Harry, players encounter various animal enemies scorpions, bats, piranhas, alligators and even penguins as well as human adversaries under the leadership of the sinister St. Claire. Numerous abilities are at the player's disposal as Harry recovers pages of the Heroic Handbook. With his various items, Harry is equipped for almost anything. Harry will also find lost explorers and be rewarded with golden idols for his trouble, which he can then use as currency with the Shaman.

People

Main Character Pitfall Harry - A brave explorer, who had no intention of getting mixed up in this time travel stuff about El Dorado in the first place, but how could he resist an adventure like this one? He maintains a soft spot for Nicole through the game,although this affection usually went unreturned. Harry's father abandoned him to go exploring,so Harry was fathered by a Dr David Crane (named after the creator of Pitfall). It appears that they lost contact after Harry dropped out of school. In the end-scene, he says to Nicole, "There's a man back home, Dr. David Crane, to whom I owe a long overdue visit". Whether they were reunited is yet to be revealed.

Allies Quickclaw - a jaguar cursed/blessed (depending on who's telling the story) with the power of speech. He doesn't really fit in, and follows Harry around just because he is lonely and doesn't fit in with the other jaguars. Quickclaw first met Harry in the jungle, but follows him all over the island. He came from the past, like Micay, and used to steal food from the villagers. He was cursed with speech by Micay, so that he wouldn't fit in with mankind or his own kind. At the end of the game, she lifts the spell and he is last seen walking off with his old herd.

Micay - the local native princess, who according to Harry is "Smokin' hot". In the game, he is required to "rescue" her. She loves butterflies and flirts with Harry on several occasions. She comes from the past and needed Harry to find all the artifacts so that she could save El Dorado and her people from the Spanish invaders. For his pains in rescuing her, he is given his shield.

Nicole McCallister - Harry's love interest and eventual girlfriend,Nicole is an attractive bookword/archaeologist who came to the jungle to look for her father Kevin. She enlists in the help of an evil shaman named Pusca, who helped her find the temple where her father was last seen. Upon finding his lifeless body, Nicole becomes distraught and desperately searches for a loophole that will bring Kevin back. She is comforted by Harry, who sees her back to base camp,where she goes missing. Harry later finds her body in a comatose state. He kisses her and brings her back to life, and the two are seen kissing at the very end of the game.

Hubert Leech - a young inventor with bad flying skills and a knack for getting stuck in bad places, for example, steep ledges and floating ice bergs. He is often seen using a flying contraption and gives harry the Heroic Handbook page for the "Heroic Dive", providing the dialogue, "Another handbook page. Helps you be Heroic…or a handbook".

Dr. Bernard Bittenbinder - friend to Kevin McAllister and leader of the expedition, he acts as a rolemodel to Harry and gives him the sling and Heroic Handbook.

Mobile

Also released at this time were three mobile versions of the game: Pitfall: The Lost Expedition Caves, Pitfall: The Lost Expedition Glacier, and Pitfall: The Lost Expedition Jungle.

References

  1. Pitfall: The Big Adventure. IGN. Retrieved on 2010-1-02.

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