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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 Intro
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Waterfall level
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES Opening story
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Killed by a VERY big guy

Promo Images

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Other Back

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 (10648)

Critic Reviews SEGA CD Dec 22, 2008 10 out of 10 100
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Consoles Plus Jaguar Nov, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Gamers (Germany) Genesis Dec, 1994 3 out of 16 87
Mega Fun Jaguar Dec, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Score Windows Oct, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Feb, 1995 38 out of 50 76
Game Players SEGA 32X Oct, 1995 62 out of 100 62
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA 32X Sep 20, 2005 4 out of 10 40
64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Advance Sep, 2001 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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