Video Game: Pitfall 3D: Beyond the Jungle

Beyond the Jungle is the fifth game in the Pitfall series, and (as implied by the title) the first one in 3D. It was released on PlayStation and Gameboy Color.

While investigating a cave in Mexico, Pitfall Harry Jr. (voiced by Bruce Campbell) finds a crystal which opens a rift into another dimension. In the rift, a woman named Mira appears and tells him that she's a member of ancient civilization of Moku, and her world has been taken over by evil woman known as Scourge. Harry Jr. agrees to help her cause and takes a step into the rift.

This game provides examples of:

  • Continuity Nod: Harry Jr.'s "run in with the Mayans" is mentioned in the manual, referencing the previous game The Mayan Adventure.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Heat's not a problem for Harry Jr.
    • In the volcano stages, he loses health if he walks on red lava, but dies instantly if he touches yellow lava.
  • Creative Closing Credits: They take the form of the original Atari game, with Harry jr. interacting with the oncoming credits.
  • Darker and Edgier: Instead of treasure hunting and avoiding crocodiles like in the previous games, you are now stopping systematic genocide and saving the Earth from an extra-dimensional invasion.
  • Death by Childbirth: Harry Jr.'s mother died giving birth to him while she and her husband were in an out-of-control minecart ride.
  • Domed Hometown: Scourge has placed a force dome over the city of Shenrak to prevent Moku returning home.
  • Edge Gravity: Harry Jr. won't willingly walk off a cliff...once. If the player tries again, though, he'll happily fall off the edge (sometimes this takes several tries, though). Unfortunately, Harry won't 'bump back' from the edge if he's walking on a container or box.
  • Elemental Embodiment: Earth Soldiers and Fire Djinns.
  • Embedded Precursor: The original Atari 2600 game is available via a password.
  • Every 10,000 Points: You'll be awarded with points at the end of every level, which in turn provide you with one-ups.
  • Evil Overlord: Scourge.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Papwa Ipos, which are constantly flinging their "magic projectiles" (as the manual puts it, they're clearly throwing shit) at Harry Jr.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: The scorpions do this to you if they get close enough.
  • Playable Menu: You navigate Harry through the available menu choices, even the cheat-code menu.
  • Power Crystal: Your job in the penultimate level is to destroy the crystals that give power to Scourge's invasion on Earth.
  • Powerful Pick: Harry's weapon of choice, as well as Mira's.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Harry Jr.'s comments to some of the rock-type enemies:
    "I've got a rock to pick with you."
    "There's a place for my pick in your heart."
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: The Gladiator's club turns out to be one halfway in the battle against him.
  • Rebel Leader: Mira.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Scourge has red eyes in her winged form.
  • Rolling Attack: Specialty of Rollers and Magmoids.
  • Scary Scorpions: Scorpions are common enemies. Oddly, they don't sting you, but slam you around with their tails.
  • Segmented Serpent: Kryl Thular, boss of the volcano levels.

Alternative Title(s):

Pitfall 3 D, Pitfall 3 D Beyond The Jungle, Pitfall Beyond The Jungle