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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 Continue?
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Starting level one
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Sinister eyes in the dark
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SEGA CD Bungie-jumping

Promo Images

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

Alternate Titles

  • "Pitfall: Maya no Daibōken" -- Japanese SNES title
  • "Pitfall: Das Maya-Abenteuer" -- German title

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Critic Reviews Dec 22, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jun 27, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
GamePro (US) Mar, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Gamers (Germany) Mar, 1995 13 out of 15 87
Video Games Feb, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Play Time Jun, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun May, 1995 85 out of 100 85 Aug, 2004 8.28 out of 10 83
Game Players Mar, 1995 80 out of 100 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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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
Information also contributed by Big John WV, chirinea and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe
Corn Popper (69350) added Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (SEGA CD) on Oct 11, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (152910), Corn Popper (69350), Andrew Hartnett (2292), Terok Nor (27141), Servo (57393) and Syed GJ (1579)