Pitfall

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(ended 1982)

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Pitfall had nothing to do with the classic Activision video game made for Atari 2600 (a game that wasn't even released until 1982). The show's title had to do with avoiding traps and getting across an eight-section bridge safely within a time limit. Two contestants vied for the chance to walk across that eight-section Pitfall bridge. Alex Trebek posed a question to the studio audience and provides four possible answers (e.g., "A car's wheels look the best with what coverings? Full discs, wire wheels, hubcaps or mag wheels). The audience used the keypad to lock in their response. Trebek then polled the two contestants for what they believed was the right answer. Whoever was right (it could be both of them or neither one) won a point. The first, third, and fifth points also earned the player a "Pit Pass" to use when walking across the Pitfall bridge during the bonus round. The first player to earn five points (or who was in the lead after five minutes of play) earned the right to walk across the Pitfall bridge. In the bonus round, the contestant faced the Pitfall bridge, an eight-section bridge, each with descending podiums. The contestant learned which podiums had "pitfalls" (the descending podiums) if the light corresponding to that section flashed twice. The player then tried to answer as many general knowledge questions within a 100-second time limit. Correct answers earned the player $100 (Canadian) and one step across the Pitfall bridge. The player had to remember which sections had "pitfalls" (Trebek would not remind them), and he/she had to offer it to Alex in order for him to use it (Trebek would not respond or take it if he/she did not show it to him). If he/she failed to show the pit pass in time, the podium would fall to the bottom of the stage and remain there until the player gave a correct answer. Getting across all eight sections of the bridge won the contestant a prize package worth around $5,000 (Canadian).moreless
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