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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 Windows The First Boss
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA 32X The path between the different stages is shown on a map.
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Jaguar Watch out for that TREEEEE!
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA 32X Some instructions at the beginning

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) SEGA CD Mar, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Video Games Genesis Nov, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun Jaguar Dec, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Entertainment Weekly SNES Dec 09, 1994 B+ 83
World Village (Gamer's Zone) Windows 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Players SNES Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Mag'64 Wii Sep 01, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Game Players SEGA 32X Oct, 1995 62 out of 100 62
Jeuxvideo.com Game Boy Advance Sep 13, 2001 12 out of 20 60
Game Zero Jaguar Dec, 1995 24 out of 50 48


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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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