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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 Whoops... forgot to jump off
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Waterfall level
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES When you see these scorpions...
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows A Bonus Stage

Promo Images

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
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 (9308)

Critic Reviews

ST-Computer Jaguar Feb, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Electric Playground Jaguar Dec 27, 1995 8.5 out of 10 85
World Village (Gamer's Zone) Windows 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Gamezilla Game Boy Advance Jun 26, 2001 75 out of 100 75
Lens of Truth Genesis Apr 29, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Nov, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
IGN Game Boy Advance Jun 14, 2001 5 out of 10 50
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Jun 05, 2001 4.3 out of 10 43
The Video Game Critic Jaguar Oct 18, 2000 D 25


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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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