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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 Genesis Temple corridors
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES Whoops... forgot to jump off
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Continue?
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows This shows the action keys used in the game. 
They can be redefined.
Pre-Alpha demo release

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 (9318)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Jan, 1995 11 out of 12 92
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Jan, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Jan, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Gamers (Germany) Genesis Dec, 1994 3 out of 16 87
Video Games SEGA CD Feb, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Electric Playground Jaguar Dec 27, 1995 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Player (Germany) Windows Sep, 1995 79 out of 100 79
GameFan Magazine SEGA 32X Sep, 1995 71 out of 100 71
Computer Games Magazine Windows Oct 01, 1995 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
1UP! SNES Nov 03, 2004 69 out of 100 69


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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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