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 Game Boy Advance Hiding in the foilage.
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Drown in rainforest
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA 32X The path between the different stages is shown on a map.
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Game Boy Advance Introduction sequence

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 (9330)

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Jaguar Nov, 1995 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Mar, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Jan, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Nov, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Players Genesis Dec, 1994 77 out of 100 77
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Lens of Truth Genesis Apr 29, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Players Jaguar Dec, 1995 71 out of 100 71
Game Players SEGA 32X Oct, 1995 62 out of 100 62
GameSpy Game Boy Advance 2002 53 out of 100 53


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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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