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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 Title screen
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows The First Boss
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES Attacking a skeleton in the lost city
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Starting level one

Promo Images

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

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 (10627)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Jan, 1995 11 out of 12 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Dec, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Feb, 1995 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Genesis Nov, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Mean Machines Genesis Jan, 1995 89 out of 100 89
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Windows Sep, 1995 86 out of 100 86 SEGA CD Aug, 2004 8.28 out of 10 83
High Score Windows Oct, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Mag'64 Wii Sep 01, 2009 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Game Boy Advance Oct 14, 2001 5 out of 10 50


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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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