Recently a number of older games have been making their way to mobile devices via the Android platform. Earlier this year we saw Activision launch a suite of 80’s games, but now the company has struck again with a stand-alone version of the iconic Atari game Pitfall, albeit four months after debuting on iOS devices.
Activision chose to release the game due to it being the 30th anniversary, but the company could not have waited much longer to get it ported over to the Android platform.
“On his 30th Anniversary, take control of Pitfall Harry once again in PITFALL!, inspired by the 1982 Classic that started it all, now re-envisioned and re-booted on Android!”
Well, as the old saying goes, better late than never. Take solace in the fact that the game is free and head over to the Google Play store to grab it and start reliving your Pitfall Harry days.
Classic games have been making a comeback lately. Just last week Microsoft announced a partnership with Atari to make eight of their classics available for play in Internet Explorer 9 and 10. Atari also has an app available for Android which brings many of their old games to mobile devices. Now, Activision is getting in on the deal with a new app called “Activision Anthology”
The app comes with KABOOM! for free, but there are 45 other games, including PITFALL!, RIVER RAID, THE ACTIVISION DECATHLON, BARNSTORMING, STAMPEDE, PITFALL II, ENDURO, DEMON ATTACK and others available. They are available in packs of 11 games each for $2.99, or you can get the whole package for $6.99.
Activision Anthology has Game Center and Facebook integration, including leaderboards and achievements, to share and compete with friends. The pack is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Some of you may know the game Pitfall thanks to it being kept alive through computer emulators, and a few of you may even remember playing it on your Atari game console. Now Activision has revived the classic with a remake for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices.
The game has been redesigned for modern mobile devices, so don’t expect any nostalgic 8 bit graphics here. The work was done by Blast Furnace, a new Activision UK game studio. Gordon Hall, head of the studio, said, “The team has kept the elements that made the original so much fun to play, and merged them with a cool, retro HD art style, updated controls and play mechanics to keep both old-school fans and newcomers happy.”
The new Pitfall coincides, not by accident, with the 30 year anniversary of the original Atari version from 1982. An Android version is also planned, but no release date has yet been scheduled.