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 SNES The first boss
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Monsters on the floor
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Sinister eyes in the dark
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Down in the cart!

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 (9322)

Critic Reviews

Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Jan, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1994 1.75 out of 6 85
GameCola.net SEGA CD Aug, 2004 8.28 out of 10 83
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Nov, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Players Jaguar Dec, 1995 71 out of 100 71
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jul 26, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Ultimate Gamer Magazine Jaguar Jan, 1996 7 out of 10 70
The Atari Times Jaguar Aug 03, 1996 65 out of 100 65
IGN SEGA 32X Dec 01, 2008 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic SNES Nov 21, 1999 D- 16


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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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