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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 Where there is doubt a statue will point the way to go

Pre-Alpha demo release
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA 32X Vine swinging
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES Riding on a mine cart
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD I'm Tarzan!

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 (10667)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Jan, 1995 11 out of 12 92
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Feb, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Gamers (Germany) Genesis Dec, 1994 3 out of 16 87
Video Games Genesis Nov, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Joystick (French) Windows Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Consoles Plus Game Boy Advance Oct, 2001 85 out of 100 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct, 1995 80 out of 100 80
All Game Guide SEGA CD 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Lens of Truth Genesis Apr 29, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75


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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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