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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 Through the swamps...
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Game Boy Advance These rubber plants launch you into the air.
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES These birds can be very dangerous
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Game Boy Advance Start of the first scenario

Promo Images

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Magazine Advertisement
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Other Front
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Other Back
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "ピットフォール マヤの大冒険" -- Japanese spelling
  • "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 (10633)

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA CD Jun 27, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
Consoles Plus Jaguar Nov, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun SEGA CD May, 1995 85 out of 100 85
neXGam Jaguar 2005 7.1 out of 10 71 (UK) Wii Jul 26, 2009 7 out of 10 70
The Atari Times Jaguar Aug 03, 1996 65 out of 100 65 SEGA 32X Feb 06, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Retro Game Reviews Genesis Jan 25, 2018 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60 (UK) Game Boy Advance Oct 14, 2001 5 out of 10 50
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Jun 05, 2001 4.3 out of 10 43


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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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