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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 Attacking a skeleton in the lost city
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA 32X Some instructions at the beginning
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Title screen
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Title screen

Promo Images

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Logo
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot

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 (9305)

Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Genesis Jan, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Video Games Genesis Nov, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun Genesis Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Nov, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Score Windows Oct, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Game Players SNES Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
CD Player Windows 1996 7 out of 10 70
The Atari Times Jaguar Aug 03, 1996 65 out of 100 65 Game Boy Advance Oct 11, 2001 49 out of 100 49
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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