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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 SEGA CD The first boss
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES The first boss
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA 32X Sand pits mean instant death
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Another temple

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 (9308)

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Windows Nov 30, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Video Games SNES Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
High Score Windows Oct, 1995 4 out of 5 80
GameFan Magazine SEGA 32X Sep, 1995 71 out of 100 71
CD Player Windows 1996 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Game Boy Advance Jun 14, 2001 3.5 out of 5 70
Gamezone (Germany) Game Boy Advance Sep 12, 2001 6.8 out of 10 68 Game Boy Advance Sep 13, 2001 12 out of 20 60
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Advance Dec 01, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Jun 05, 2001 4.3 out of 10 43


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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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