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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 Fighting a Mayan guy
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA 32X Intro: Harry sen. gets kidnapped outside.
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Jaguar Crack that whip!
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Game Boy Advance These rubber plants launch you into the air.

Promo Images

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Other Front
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Screenshot
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Magazine Advertisement

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Well produced but a tad generic. Windows Zovni (10633)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Jan, 1995 11 out of 12 92
Gamers (Germany) SEGA CD Mar, 1995 13 out of 15 87
Play Time Genesis Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
High Score Windows Oct, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Feb, 1995 38 out of 50 76
Lens of Truth Genesis Apr 29, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
The Atari Times Jaguar Aug 03, 1996 65 out of 100 65 Game Boy Advance Sep 13, 2001 12 out of 20 60
IGN Game Boy Advance Jun 14, 2001 5 out of 10 50
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA 32X Sep 20, 2005 4 out of 10 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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