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 SNES Using a knocked out snake as a rope
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Jaguar Opening story
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Through the swamps...

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 (9321)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Genesis Nov, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Coming Soon Magazine Windows Nov 30, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Windows Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Electric Playground Jaguar Dec 27, 1995 8.5 out of 10 85
Sega-16.com Genesis Nov 14, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Jaguar Jan, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Sega-16.com SEGA 32X Feb 06, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Jeuxvideo.com Game Boy Advance Sep 13, 2001 12 out of 20 60
IGN Game Boy Advance Jun 14, 2001 5 out of 10 50


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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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