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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 SNES ... the original Pitfall isn't far away.
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA 32X These plants continuously shoots darts in several directions.
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES Climbing a vine
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Genesis Killed by a white flying creature

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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

Well produced but a tad generic. Windows Zovni (10648)

Critic Reviews

Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Jan, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Play Time SEGA CD Jun, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Video Games Jaguar Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Entertainment Weekly SNES Dec 09, 1994 B+ 83 SEGA CD Aug, 2004 8.28 out of 10 83
Lens of Truth Genesis Apr 29, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
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
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA 32X Oct, 1995 26.5 out of 40 66 Game Boy Advance Oct 11, 2001 49 out of 100 49


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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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