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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 SNES Picking up some items in the mines
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES Attacking a monkey
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES Tough: going against two Jaguars at once
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure SNES Climbing a vine

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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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Dec, 1994 5 out of 5 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1995 11 out of 12 92
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Jan, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Super Power (Sweden) Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Total! (Germany) Dec, 1994 1.75 out of 6 85
Entertainment Weekly Dec 09, 1994 B+ 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1994 39 out of 50 78
Game Players Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
1UP! Nov 03, 2004 69 out of 100 69


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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 (SNES) on Jun 11, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (151216), Corn Popper (69350), Andrew Hartnett (2292), Terok Nor (27128), Servo (57393) and Syed GJ (1579)