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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 Jaguar Opening story
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows The Pre-Alpha demo release seems to have more menu bar options than are available in the full release
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows The Secret Hatman Mode (type "hatman" to activate)
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Progress map

Promo Images

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Logo

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 (9305)

Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Genesis Jan, 1995 89 out of 100 89
PC Joker Windows Aug, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Coming Soon Magazine Windows Nov 30, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Video Games SNES Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
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
IGN SEGA 32X Dec 01, 2008 5 out of 10 50 Game Boy Advance Oct 11, 2001 49 out of 100 49
Advance Game Boy Advance 2001 47 out of 100 47
The Video Game Critic SNES Nov 21, 1999 D- 16


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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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