The original 8-bit version of Pitfall was released for the Atari
artifacts to the highest bidder. While growing up in the streets of Paris, he learned not only to be ruthless but charming. Harry has had quite a few run-ins with him over the years and this expedition is no exception. Harry’s friends include the beautiful and brainy Nicole, Bernard Bittenbinder a long time archaeologist, Leech the genius inventor, Mole the demolitionist, Princess Micay, and Quickclaw a smart-alecky talking jaguar who’s quite comical. One incredible feature of the game is that you can unlock both the original Atari 2600 versions of Pitfall and Pitfall II from within the game. Now that’s money! Thanks to Activision for staying alive and producing so many great games over the last few decades. While we won’t give away the action packed finale, if you keep your wits, watch your step and your back, you’ll stay alive, find the treasure, and get the girl.
| Metroid: Zero Mission|
Chances are you had an original Nintendo entertainment system. Chances are you loved it, along with the rest of the known world. Chances are you still enjoy the simple pleasures brought about by an old video game. Just naming the games brings up memories of endless nights spent playing that old machine: Bionic Commando, Mega Man, Kid Icarus, and absolutely every single Mario game ever made. Fast forward to now, good ol’ 8 bit Nintendo isn’t cutting it anymore but what if your favorite games were updated. Translation: Not only do you get to play your treasured classic, but it’s been fundamentally altered, better graphics, intense gameplay, and most importantly, a chance to feel the same amazement that you felt back then. Enter Metroid: Zero Mission. Your personalized transport back to 1988 has arrived. I don’t know about you, but when I got my first missile expansion tank I got chills. I mean, I could fire missiles! I remember it took me a couple of months to even get to Mother Brain, let alone make it up the passageway back to your ship upon her destruction. Metroid: Zero Mission brings back all the fun of the original Metroid and then some. There are new secrets, but some old ones are there too (energy tank in the ceiling? Yeah, it’s still there). I can’t say enough good things about this game, but do I need to? You already know the story, the bad buys, the mission. All I need to tell you is you have a chance to capture the essence of what it was like to be back in the golden days of the NES, and I have to tell you, it’s a fantastic trip.
twenty-two years ago and was a classic. Whether you’ve played the legacy version of Pitfall back on the Atari or not, you’ll love this game. The hero of the game is Pitfall Harry, a more roguish video game version of Indiana Jones. Harry adventures through lush jungles, dark tombs, ancient Incan ruins, and glacial mountains of South America. In all there are over 50 challenging levels that you, “Harry”, will need to use your smarts and brawn to get through. The game action is great and the new vine swinging controls is a far cry from the original 2-D play. While swinging is only one typical way to make your way through the jungle, you’ll find yourself swinging over everything from alligators, piranhas, chasms and pits of every imaginable form. The combat moves are sophisticated including flying round house kicks, sweeping kicks, and weapon attacks including a sling and TNT. You also have your gear that you pick up along the way including a canteen, which is handy for keeping extra healing water, a torch, a shield, a pickaxe, a raft and even a gas mask. The story comes complete with both friend and foe. Enemies range from crocodiles, howler monkeys, scorpions, bats, eels, porcupines, to more intelligent devious fiends such as a fire-breathing jaguar and Harry’s nemesis Jonathan St. Claire. St. Claire, is actually no saint, but a ruthless mercenary who makes a living selling precious archaeological