IMHO the new sprites are better, I just don't like one thing about the animation of the hero - the front-back movement of his head is a bit too exaggerated.
..its good work and they look nice! I think compared to the original they are better implemented. The only issue I have is that Pitfall Harrys head bobs too and fro so much its a little distracting to me.
Regarding Harry himself it was a struggle to rebuild him..
Starting with the existing (1) animation cycle, I have drawn countless frames to end up on what I consider to be the best (2) !
Unfortunately the fixed colored strips didn't allow me to use up and down movement in his stride
So I scratched that, and I tried to keep his head level while adjusting his running frames accordingly.. finally I end up in cycle (3)
which is in the released xex.
Your comments got me thinking again, so (4) is the final version of Harry with less head movement,
and yes you were right, he looks definitely better !!
The animation cycle will be included in the final version of the hack, as soon as I finish the new piranha and ant sprites !