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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 Fighting a Mayan guy
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Intro
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES Tough: going against two Jaguars at once
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Object info

Promo Images

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Logo
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Other Front
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 (10666)

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Video Games SNES Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Consoles Plus Game Boy Advance Oct, 2001 85 out of 100 85
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Nov, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) Jaguar Jan, 1996 4 out of 5 80
High Score Windows Oct, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Game Players SNES Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Game Players Genesis Dec, 1994 77 out of 100 77
The Atari Times Jaguar Aug 03, 1996 65 out of 100 65
GamePro (US) SEGA 32X Nov, 1995 3 out of 5 60


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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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