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Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

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Game Boy Advance
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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 Moving a mine-cart in the mine
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Another temple
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Jumping on rocks and crocodiles
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Pushing the mine cart...

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 (9334)

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Windows Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Entertainment Weekly SNES Dec 09, 1994 B+ 83
Game Players Genesis Dec, 1994 77 out of 100 77
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Nov, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
Ultimate Gamer Magazine Jaguar Jan, 1996 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Game Boy Advance Jun 14, 2001 3.5 out of 5 70
1UP! SNES Nov 03, 2004 69 out of 100 69
GameSpy Game Boy Advance 2002 53 out of 100 53
Gaming Target Game Boy Advance Jul 12, 2001 5.2 out of 10 52 Game Boy Advance Oct 11, 2001 49 out of 100 49


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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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