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.

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 »