Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

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Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure is a side-scrolling action game in which you play adventurer Pitfall Harry Jr in search of his father Pitfall Harry. You battle your way through the Mayan jungles, waterfalls, deserted mines and can bungee jump and boomerang your way to safety. There are 13 levels and the action is fast and gripping. You will need to be attentive—and quick. Or prepare to die.


Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Going down
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Jaguar Title screen
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Game Boy Advance These rubber plants launch you into the air.
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD The first boss

Alternate Titles

  • "Pitfall: Maya no Daibōken" -- Japanese SNES title
  • "Pitfall: Das Maya-Abenteuer" -- German title

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User Reviews

Well produced but a tad generic. Windows Zovni (9326)

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA CD Jun 27, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Jan, 1995 11 out of 12 92
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 1995 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker Windows Aug, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Gamers (Germany) Genesis Dec, 1994 3 out of 16 87
Gamers (Germany) SEGA CD Mar, 1995 13 out of 15 87
Consoles Plus Game Boy Advance Oct, 2001 85 out of 100 85
ST-Computer Jaguar Feb, 1996 85 out of 100 85
GamePro (US) SEGA 32X Nov, 1995 3 out of 5 60
The Video Game Critic Jaguar Oct 18, 2000 D 25


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Ending (Spoiler!)

When Pitfall Harry Jr. finally finds his father, at the end of the game, the surprise is to see that ol' dad Pitfall Harry is shown in all his 8-bit glory, standing out of the standard 16-bit graphics of the game.

Hidden game

There's a cheatcode (see tips & tricks section) that lets you play the original Pitfall!.


Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure utilized the initial release of DirectX and was one of the first PC games to be released as a native Windows 95 executable.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1996 – Best Dexterity Game in 1995
  • VideoGames Magazine
    • March 1995 - Best CD Music
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