Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
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  1. 90
    Wrap up the tight gameplay in gorgeous graphics and solid sounds, and Pitfall has never been better. [May 2004, p.69]
  2. The more I have played this game, the higher my review score has gone. The farther I got in, the more I enjoyed the puzzles, and the more I appreciated the throwback to the game that started all of this.
  3. Keep in mind that you do need some skill to progress; it’s not an easy win. However, if you like a challenging adventure/ puzzle game, you will have a really good time playing this one.
  4. 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.
  5. Kids and the parents who shop for them or nostalgic Atari 2600 gamers will find it a decent purchase, but it’s recommended they rent it first as well to see if the unique control schemes aren’t too frustrating.
  6. A great little platforming adventure that is humorous, well crafted and bubbling with personality.
  7. This is a new spin for the old time favorite that should give owners of this generation of consoles a feel of what we old guys and gals felt back in the day, or at least that's what Activision intends.
  8. But once you get a feel for the camera and compensate for its flaws, the game opens up and feels so free. It's fun to just rush through each level.
  9. One of the better platformers available on the PS2, certainly more so than games like Vexx and Sphinx. It’s not quite on the level of the Ratchet & Clank or Jak & Daxter series, but then, so few games are.
  10. 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.
  11. Captures both the good and the bad of platforming, and it does so in a surprisingly fun way.
  12. On the bargain rack however, Harry definitely has the brass to stand out amongst on the tier-two competition – Ty, Haven, Vexx and I-Ninja.
  13. The PS2 version of the game doesn’t support Progressive Scan and looks noticeably less sharp than the Xbox and Gamecube versions of the game.
  14. 78
    Still, these drawbacks in mind, I was entertained with the game from its opening cut-scene to its end credits.
  15. 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.
  16. A platform game with lots of adventure, humorous elements and a ton of gameplay.
  17. Those who have fond memories of the original Pitfall! will relive some of those memories upon booting up the game. However, the simplicity of the original game is lost later, and it becomes more of a puzzle-solving, rope swing timing game.
  18. It doesn't break any manner of new ground. However, this is not to say the game isn't fun on its own merits, and all told, The Lost Expedition still makes for a pretty enjoyable platforming experience all around.
  19. The Lost Expedition is indeed noteworthy, if for no reason other than the fact that it manages to bite the style off of Metroid rather strongly but still injects enough humor to keep it entertaining.
  20. 70
    Full of overt and covert nods to the classic, Pitfall: The Lost Expedition is a worthy, entertaining successor to the proud, creaking lineage.
  21. While juvenile and cartoonish in presentation, the overall presentation is not sure at times whether it wants to take itself seriously or not--leaving most situations and some characters depicted during the adventure as downright silly.
  22. It just feels slightly light, the locations feel slightly claustrophobic and there is an overall feeling of tightness in it. It's a slightly good game!
  23. Looks and sounds the part of a goofy adventure game, and for the 10 or so hours it takes to complete players will be sure to enjoy its charms. It is far from a masterpiece, but it is the current highlight to the series.
  24. It's just that up against the established franchises of the 3D platforming world, and even some of the newer titles, there's really not that much in The Lost Expedition that genuinely stands out or demands attention.
  25. 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.
  26. 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]
  27. Edge Magazine
    As the platformer has been slowly bent into a sort of adventure game, it's a pleasant shock to be taken back to a time when missing that jump really did mean you had to start again. Collecting things is kept to a minimum and your quest is tightly packed and varied. [Apr 2004, p.109]
  28. PSM Magazine
    An average adventure with a good sense of humor. [May 2004, p.29]
  29. 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.
  30. There was the original Pitfall, and now there is the unoriginal Pitfall: The Lost Expedition.
  31. 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.
  32. 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]
  33. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    The jumping puzzles combined with the overt racism combined with the semiwonky controls combined wtih the unctuousness of the protagonist add up to a game that is decidedly unfun. [May 2004, p.101]
  34. Borrows some ideas from the original game, mixes in lackluster graphics and sound, and tops it with awkward design choices.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Oct 6, 2014
    A fun an unique game. This is what i think of when i hear "Adventure Game". It is just such a perfectly designed game it's like uncharted forA fun an unique game. This is what i think of when i hear "Adventure Game". It is just such a perfectly designed game it's like uncharted for kids. Play this game if you can. Full Review »
  2. Mar 16, 2014
    Pitfall: The Lost Expedition is an wonderfull experience that brought me into adventure games like Uncharted. Basicly its a 3D platformPitfall: The Lost Expedition is an wonderfull experience that brought me into adventure games like Uncharted. Basicly its a 3D platform adventure game with deep characters and a great story. Full Review »
  3. May 10, 2013
    Pitfall: The Lost Expedition may lack originality, but it's a damn good game with a very decent gameplay, colorful visuals and charismatic characters.