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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 Windows Racing Through the Mines
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows Title Screen

Promo Images

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Logo
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Other Front
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 (10653)

Critic Reviews

Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Jan, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Jan, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Super Power (Sweden) SNES Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Windows Sep, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Joystick (French) Windows Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Windows Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85 SEGA CD Aug, 2004 8.28 out of 10 83
Game Players SEGA CD Mar, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Nov, 1994 39 out of 50 78
Gaming Target Game Boy Advance Jul 12, 2001 5.2 out of 10 52


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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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