Even in the middle of the video game crash, there were still some pretty cool games that came out. These are their stories.
Duck Hunt |Nintendo Famicom|
Elite |Home computer|
I, Robot |Arcade|
Karateka |Apple ][|
Pitfall II |Atari 2600|
Pitfall was a tour-de-force for the Atari VCS by Activision (by David Crane specifically.) It was not the first platformer, but it was the first action-adventure platformer that most players knew. With Pitfall II Activision went all-out. Not only was it bigger and better, but you could actually see your goal from the very start of the game. There was a huge world to get lost in and the cartridge included its own sound-chip for a sophisticated (for Atari) soundtrack.
I wanted to do a speedrun of Pitfall II just for show and I got pretty close to the world record of 5:26. If not for the lag spike in the middle, my time would have been even lower. Oh well.