CLIFFALL - Treasures of the Lost Cave,

Is one of my childhood dreams come true, by creating a loving tribute / homage to the amazing and marvelous Atari 2600 video game called: Pitfall II - Lost Caverns, (the father of all platformers) by the master and genius David Crane (former Activision employee and one of the fathers and founders of the same, who is still around acknowledging it's tremendous success, after 30 years)
The game features true vertical and horizontal Flip screen scrolling like the originals Pitfall and Pitfall II and true horizontal scrolling (a la Super Mario Bros.) on the Treasure Beach level.
The game features a fictional: Cliffall Larry! Pitfall Harry's cousin! and his vine swinging, running and swimming abilities, just like his master cousin of the good old days.
The gameplay is simple. No shooting or killing animals, (just like the original first 2 Pitfalls) but the challenge is no easy cakewalk. Each level can hold dangerous surprises, so be careful where you land your feet out there in the forest!
This game also serves to give justice to Pitfall, as the sequels after Pitfall II have not been made with such standout quality (save for Sega's arcade version)
An example was Super Pitfall, which despite having great level design, massive levels and cute graphics, failed in the collision and character controls, greatly diminishing the fun.

Story:

You're Cliffall Larry, who while visiting an indian tribe in the
Amazon, has come to ask the Chief's daughter "Akeena" in marriage. It was a daring wish, all the tribe thought! And so the Chief decided to dare him in return with an adventurous challenge.
He said: Mr. Larry, if you prove to me that you are a brave man for the love of my daughter, you shall have my blessing. Your challenge is: To bring the 3 giant treasures that are within the dangerous caves inside the great mountain near our land. Larry accepted the challenge, but the tribe thought he was out of his mind, since the dangerous Lost Cave is the 7th of the treacherous levels he must traverse, including a huge ocean where Larry must dive to the depths to find missing stones that will open paths for him to continue. And so you set out bravely to venture and conquer honour and happiness!
Have fun jumping from high Cliffs, climbing trees and swinging on vines "Tarzan style". But watch out for the many animals within the island, such as: snakes, the familiar Pitfall albino scorpions, bats, albino rat, electric eels, poisonous leaping frogs and new ones, such as the poisonous manta ray, porcupine, piranhas and jelly fishes! Their bites and stings will hurt, but you can heal your injuries by eating the miraculous healing fruits of the lush tropical forest!, such as oranges, pineapples, apples, bananas and tasty blackberries!
You won't only find enemies in the game, but some animal friends which will help guard you against attacks, guide you through the cliff maze and even escort you through the air to escape to a new level, Oh, (making a comeback) is the classic hot air balloon ride (we all know and love from Pitfall II!) inside the lost caves.
Your main goal will be to find the legendary "Great Mayan
Diamond" hid there by an ancient tribe.
You'll also need to find the lost Ruby ring and the Golden Falcon statue, in order to gain the blessing of the Chief and marry "Akeena". You'll also earn points by collecting money bags, gold bars and precious gems!
The game features atmospheric and nature sound effects!

Levels and playing guide, I guess I should call - :) Trust me, without this here, you might get lost in the game. Read it so you understand what you should do in each level, since the game won't tell you! unless you really like mysteries!


L e v e l s :

1-High Cliff

Find the ancient gold symbols to open the matching secret rocky passages in this Cliff maze and advance to the next level!
Ask the colourful Tucan atop the great tree! he will help you find the stones!
2-Great Valley

Cross this huge forested mountainous valley while collecting treasures to spice up that classic score! and advance to the next level!

3-Condor Mountain

Watch out for dangerous one hit, one kill cursed boulders that come tumbling down the mountain! I think there's a hidden mad monkey behind one of those trees somewhere throwing them boulders! Save a baby condor that has fallen down a dangerous cave, while a red scorpion and a hungry snake are waiting to prey on the little one, and make a loyal friend who will help you later. Take a huge leap, and fall to the great ocean of depths (the next level): The High Seas!

4-High Seas

This is probably the largest level. You will feel like you really are lost out in the sea. It may be the biggest sea in any 2D video game, lol. The sea is filled with serene life but some will pose danger. There is a huge friend however, the Blue Whale, which will help you a bit by using it's body as a shield from all surrounding predators. Swim all the way to the depths of the sea and meet rare creatures that use luminescence where there's no light! Worry not, for our familiar hero has unbelievable lung capacity! Find the ancient golden symbol statues to open the matching secret passages, like in the first level in order to progress and exit to the shores of a bright beautiful sunny beach!

5-Sandy Beach

Cross the beach while collecting treasures. Watch out for fast angry black birds that swoop down from the sky at blazing speeds and spiky sea urchins scattered throughout the sand. The red crab (remember the original Mario Bros?) makes his appearance here, but you can climb many trees in order to escape from his dangerous claws and other dangers below.

6-Paradise Jungle

Ahhh the jungle... Lush beautiful tropical forests and colourful animals abound. But unfortunately, we are on a mission and there isn't much time for sight seeing! There is a mad hungry Leopard up top this mountainous forest. You will need to find a stick, which is well hidden atop the jungle mountain, then hit the bee hive to scare the leopard. After that, jump down below to find a mysterious waterfall. What' mystery does the waterfall hold?. Lastly, meet an old friend who will call her flying husband to help you escape the jungle by giving you an awesome air ride to the heights of the Lost Cave Mountain! hooo... such an adventure, huh?

7-Lost Cave

In Pitfall II style, Find the Golden Statue, The great Mayan Diamond and the Precious Ruby Ring, which are the treasures that the Indian tribe chief had asked you. Then take a nostalgic balloon ride to the top of the mountain and wait for the condor to pick you up an give you an airlift right out of the mountain and into the Indian tribe, where the chief awaits with his promise! Here many dangers abound! be careful at every screen! there will be great deep chasms, but don't we know that our green clothed hero has the most amazing legs of steel? :) Good Luck on your journey!

If you'd like to know how to get past any part of the game,
feel free to email me, and I will be happy to tell you, since I
designed the game myself, I know all the secrets! hehe...

email me at: aloan.1@hotmail.com
* * *  For Windows PC  * * *

This game is Freeware. It is only a loving tribute to the father of platformers.
Thank you David Crane for creating Pitfall II (my favorite version), and Activision for bringing to the
world one of the best games of all time: Pitfall II - Lost Caverns
Please check the date below the game title for the latest download!
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Development News Update:

May 22, 2018:
2 years have passed, but I haven't been working on Cliffall.
That is why the update is so insignificant
New version uploaded tonight.
Resolution is back at 160x192 (same as Atari 2600)
Features Fixed jumping like Pitfall.
Atari 2600 original colors (wip).

March 7, 2016:
New version uploaded yesterday.
Resolution is back to classic 160x120.
Some bugs killed and internal code organized.
Known things to fix: rolling rock dust is still somewhat out of place.
2 balloons are showing up instead of one in the 2nd cave of the last level.
I need to draw/retouch the crocodile's sprite in the last level (cave).

December 9, 2014:
Ongoing pixel art shade work is happening right now!
If you like to draw and work with colours and would like to shade a sprite in CLIFFALL, email me at: aloan.1@hotmail.com
You will receive the original sprite. Together we can make the game even better!! Thanks!

December 2, 2014:
The game's resolution has gone up to match the Atari 2600's 160x192.
The 4 screenshots on the right are of the new update! click a screenshot to enlarge, then press back button on your browser to return here.

March 2, 2014:
Added some nifty touches to gameplay, collecting treasures are more fun! more bug fixes, added new sea animals: sea horse, sea turtle, collectable pearl shells and a dangerous shark! but the friendly whale can protect you if you stay close!

July 21, 2013:
Cliffall is back and better than ever! the newest download brings forth hours and hours of updates!
1- better colors, new plants, graphics and sprites and best of all: better gameplay!

Play it and feel the difference from the old version out on the net!
As always, send me an email with any bugs you find by clicking the back button and filling the send a message form right there on my main page.
I will read, check and fix it asap!

And If you really loved Cliffall and appreciate the years I've gone on developing it alone and to keep me excited to continue to improve it with updates while bringing you this fantastic and nostalgic piece of golden retro gameplay, you're gladly welcome to come and give me a big thanks by donating whatever your heart tells you! Thank you all for the love!