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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 SEGA CD Game over
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA 32X Vine swinging
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Moving a mine-cart in the mine
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES Crack that whip!

Promo Images

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Other Back
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Other Front
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Other Front
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 (10646)

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA CD Jun 27, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
Coming Soon Magazine Windows Nov 30, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Gamers (Germany) Genesis Dec, 1994 3 out of 16 87
High Score Windows Oct, 1995 4 out of 5 80
World Village (Gamer's Zone) Windows 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Players SNES Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Game Players Genesis Dec, 1994 77 out of 100 77
IGN SEGA 32X Dec 01, 2008 5 out of 10 50
Retro Game Reviews SEGA 32X Jan 25, 2018 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 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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