As the fearless explorer Pitfall Harry, the mission is to run through various environments, avoiding deadly obstacles and collecting treasures. During gameplay, Pitfall Harry is constantly moving forward, and it is up to the player to tilt or swipe the screen to avoid the obstacles, pick up the treasures, or attack vicious animals.

Moves can be made with the following gestures:
  • Swipe up to make Pitfall Harry jump over obstacles
  • Swipe down to slide underneath obstacles
  • Swipe left or right to make sharp turns in either direction, sidestep, or move down a different path
  • Tap the screen to use Pitfall Harry's whip to attack snakes, scorpions, or other dangerous creatures