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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 Another temple
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Hanging
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Waterfall level
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Killed by a VERY big guy

Promo Images

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Other Front
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
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

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Nov, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
GameFan Magazine Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Mean Machines Jan, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Gamers (Germany) Dec, 1994 3 out of 16 87
Video Games Nov, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Play Time Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85 Nov 14, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Game Players Dec, 1994 77 out of 100 77
Lens of Truth Apr 29, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1994 35 out of 50 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
Information also contributed by Big John WV, chirinea and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe
Syed GJ (1579) added Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (Genesis) on Jun 07, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (131977), Corn Popper (69379), Andrew Hartnett (2292), Terok Nor (26761), Servo (57398) and Syed GJ (1579)