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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 Jaguar Crack that whip!
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Temple corridors
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Game Boy Advance Flying through the air on a vine.
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES ... the original Pitfall isn't far away.

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 (9360)

The Press Says

Super Power (Sweden) SNES Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89 SEGA CD Aug, 2004 8.28 out of 10 83
GameZone Game Boy Advance Jun 25, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Game Players SEGA CD Mar, 1995 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Sep, 1995 79 out of 100 79
Game Players Genesis Dec, 1994 77 out of 100 77 (UK) Wii Jul 26, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA 32X Oct, 1995 6.6 out of 10 66
The Atari Times Jaguar Aug 03, 1996 65 out of 100 65 SEGA 32X Feb 06, 2009 6 out of 10 60


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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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