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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 Title Screen
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows The First Boss
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows Racing Through the Mines
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows The Pre-Alpha demo release seems to have more menu bar options than are available in the full release

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. Zovni (9314) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1995 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker Aug, 1995 88 out of 100 88
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Sep, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Joystick (French) Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
CD Player 1996 7 out of 10 70
Computer Games Magazine Oct 01, 1995 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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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Andrew Hartnett (2197) added Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (Windows) on Sep 06, 2000
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