Pitfall: The Lost Expedition GameCube


Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. GamePro
    Wrap up the tight gameplay in gorgeous graphics and solid sounds, and Pitfall has never been better. [May 2004, p.69]
  2. 85
    Immersive elements are everywhere: You don't just press a button to activate a lever that opens a gate -- you use the analog stick to shift Harry in the direction you want to tug that lever.
  3. Pitfall: The Lost Expedition does indeed manage a few thrills and tense moments. It's an interested spin on the old character and there is some fun to be had with this one.
  4. It's good for multiple play-throughs in a row. How many games can you say that about?
  5. Nintendo Power
    We've seen more polished platformers in recent months, but Pitfall has rare qualities of goofy charm and ever-surprising level design. [Apr 2004, p.121]
  6. Lost Expedition suffers a bit because there isn’t much to make it stand out from other games in the genre, but it is still a fun ride for the ten hours it lasts and even includes the first two Pitfall games as a bonus.
  7. The game’s soundtrack is good, fitting the happy nature of the game. The sound effects are plentiful, especially the ambient effects like birds chipping in the background and Harry weeping when he enters dark places.
  8. 80
    While it does tend to be a bit on the easy side and can be beaten in less than 12 hours, the game is still a lot of fun and getting through it is entertaining, as well as humorous.
  9. While Pitfall is souped up on Charm it is low on challenge. Experienced gamers will revel in nostalgia, but it will be a short journey.
  10. Captures both the good and the bad of platforming, and it does so in a surprisingly fun way.
  11. 78
    A worthy sequel to the classic franchise in every way. Tight control, innovative single-arm abilities, and huge, ambient, varied environments to explore; classic play elements reborn in 3D such as the abilities to run on crocs, swing on vines, jump across pits, and battle scorpions; and it looks pretty good, too.
  12. The game can grow on you although it will never surprise you. If you are a fervent platform lover and can pick this game up at a fair price, you probably won’t regret it. Otherwise, leave Pitfall Harry as it is.
  13. A good platforming experience that is only somewhat overshadowed by its limited gamespan. However, it’s a solid return to next gen consoles for Pitfall Harry, and the inclusion of the original Pitfall and Pitfall II games makes this a must have for action fans.
  14. It's like having a cheese sandwich when you could have had cheese and pepperoni for 10p more, or doing laps in the swimming pool of the best and biggest water park in the world, or going to visit Russia and staying in your hotel room all day.
  15. If you can deal with the occasional platform jumping mishaps and sometimes slutty camera system, you should find a lot to like here.
  16. If you're on the lookout for a solid platformer for a weekend rental, then Pitfall: The Lost Expedition is right up your alley.
  17. 70
    Full of overt and covert nods to the classic, Pitfall: The Lost Expedition is a worthy, entertaining successor to the proud, creaking lineage.
  18. A fine installment to the series. However, it remains a very basic platformer whose ideas lack originality and, in many ways, feel a little out of date.
  19. 65
    The game's well-polished; it would have been hailed as revolutionary a few years ago, but now it's just another decent, 10-hour-long hop-n-bop to add to the pile.
  20. Simply put, this title's characters, plot, and dialogue are hackneyed and verging on painful. Every joke falls flat, and every plot twist seems scraped from the bottom of Indiana Jones' barrel. [Apr 2004, p.91]
  21. 60
    All in all, it seems like Activision has missed the boat. Instead of going the "Prince of Persia" route, taking a nostalgic title and darkening the action while beefing up the story, Lost Expedition wallows in mediocrity like a large, pink sow that uses words like mediocrity.
  22. 60
    Engaging, if not innovative.
  23. The game’s sound is as mediocre as its gameplay. Wacky, overdone effects, plenty of cheap voice-acting, some themes that sound like cheap imitations of Indiana Jones tracks, and then the occasional latin-sounding pipes for a touch of authenticity comprise the bulk of the audio.
  24. Gamers who have been versed in the worlds of Sly Cooper, Jak and Daxter, etc. will find the new Pitfall entry with little to offer. It sports solid, loosely Pitfall-inspired gameplay, there is just nothing new about it.
  25. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Gone is the great adventure, lost to the simple need to collect stuff, and in its place is the carrot and the stick - which even the most dedicated mule will only chase so far. [May 2004, p.88]

Awards & Rankings

#75 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 3, 2012
    Good, solid, old-school platformer. Elements of platforming, side-questing, and collecting. Well balanced. A fun weekend adventure throughtGood, solid, old-school platformer. Elements of platforming, side-questing, and collecting. Well balanced. A fun weekend adventure throught the jungle. Full Review »