Pitfall The Mayan Adventure

a game by Activision

Platforms: Sega CDSega GenesisGenesisSNESSNES

Genres: Arcade Classics, Platformer

See also: Pitfall Games

Pitfall The Mayan Adventure

The vine-swinging saga of the hottest video game ever continues in Pitfall: LSJ The Mayan Adventure. It's all-new pit-hopping action has you and 18-year-old Harry Junior (son of the original Atari 2600 Pitfall Harry character) setting out to rescue Harry Sr. from an evil Mayan spirit. Thrash through deep dark rainforests, expfore Mayan temples, and race through rat-infested mines to reach the realm of the Mayan Warrior Spirit for the final confrontation to save Harry Senior.


This 16-Bit upgrade of the old classic has decent game play and great animation.


The bonus level is a great idea and is very challenging, but at times can be too tough.


I've seen some really unique health icons before, but the heart icon is just sick.


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Crocodiles, vines, scorpions, and jungle jumpin' -- Pitfall Harry returns! Fans of the original game and anybody who loves run-n- jump adventures should dig into Pitfall for the Sega CD. Pitfall's anything but the pits.

Young Indy

A terrific platform-action game, Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure fills a void in the Sega CD game lineup. If you played the earlier 16-bit games, you'll recognize virtually everything in this version because most levels are identical.

Once again you're Harry Jr. searching for your lost father through Indiana Jones-style settings and using stones, boomerangs, whips and bungee cords to overcome a jungle full of carnivorous creatures. Three new levels strengthen this adventure, providing refreshing vertical platform action to complement the horizontal levels.

As in the SNES and Genesis games, the controls may be problematic to some gamers. Harry Jr. does a lot of throwing, bouncing, jumping, and vine swinging, but executing these moves cleanly requires extreme concentration. You'll sometimes struggle repeatedly to master simple-looking jumps (especially in the new levels), and you'll find many of the small enemies frustratingly difficult to hit with your main weapons, the stones. Plan on a hairy adventure, young Harry.

It's a Jungle Out There

The dynamic graphics that made the 16-bit games memorable are even better here.


  • Take out the annoying monkeys at Xibalba Falls with an Exploding Stone. These powerful weapons are in limited supply, so wait until lots of monkeys appear on-screen.
  • In the Mayan Jungle, don't jump prematurely when the first boss charges -- he sometimes stops In front of you.
  • At the end of this over Xibalba Palls, jump up to the ledge in the upper-right corner to gain a hard-to-see 1-up.
  • Stay low to dodge the projectiles tossed by this final Warrior Spirit.
  • In Tazamul Mines, push a cart to the brink of the broken track, and then jump on it to reach the rope on the right.

Fast, live-action film footage thrusts you into the adventure, and then you're immersed in an exotic world of lush foliage, ravaged ruins, and immense waterfalls. Harry Jr. and the jungle beasts move smoothly, and clever visual touches liven up the action (watch what happens when Harry stands around).

Best of all are the realistic sounds, which were recorded in Costa Rica by a Hollywood special- effects crew. The rich sonic background creates a distinctly tropical atmosphere, supplemented by effective jungle music.

Harry to the Rescue

Long and exciting, this well-crafted disc is one of the year's best platform games. While Pitfall may be too difficult for younger gamers, to everyone else, Harry's a hero.

reggie posted a review

Long live the classics! The year 1994 seems to be the year of the return of yesterday's heroes. So far this year we've witnessed the return of Donkey Kong and his family, Рaс-Man in his official second title and now from seemingly out of nowhere comes Pitfall Harry! It is time for you to assume the role of Harry's son, Harry Jr., on quest that will take you throughout the Mayan Jungle!

Let me say that this is not your father's Pitfall adventure, but nostalgia heads out there (like me) will find the original adventure buried somewhere in the game. So grab your whip and prepare for some vine-swinging action!


The Sega CD is starting to shape up with fabulous-looking, fun titles like this!


Maybe it's me, but it seems like there's too much animation.


If you're not watching where you're going, you could run smack into a wall! Ouch!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Activision
  • Machine: SNES and Genesis

Just about anyone who played video games back in the dim, dark past remembers the original Pitfall game. Well, that game is back as a secret level in this remake that doesn't really add much except better graphics and backgrounds.

reggie posted a review
  • Machine: SNES, Genesis.
  • Manufacturer: Activision.

Just about anyone who played video games back in the dim, dark past remembers the original Pitfall game. Well, that game is back as a secret level in this remake that doesn't really add much except better graphics and backgrounds.

reggie posted a review

Harry Jr. is back in search of his long lost father, but nothing has changed in this latest version of Pitfall. This game is exactly like the other Pitfall titles and brings little improvement in the sound and graphics.

Scary Harry

You still travel through ancient Mayan ruins, whipping past pools of lava and fighting bats, rats, and cheetahs. None of the levels have been changed, so if you've played this before, here it is again.

Your arsenal of weapons includes rocks, smart bombs, and your trusty whip. You can use your whip to swing from ledges, hang from vines, and slap snakes into submission.

Controlling this battery of weapons is sometimes confusing. The Start button pauses the game, but it also cycles through your weapons. Jumping onto ledges is also tricky.

Jungle Fever

Pitfall's scenery hasn't changed in this version. Harry's movements are still poetry in motion, though, and the layered backgrounds are beautiful.

ProTip: Besides letting you continue, level markers also point you in the right direction.

The sound has minor improvements, but nothing noticeable. The jungle sounds are still clear, and all other sound effects are well done.

Pitfall will enthrall anyone who hasn't played the original Genesis, SNES, or Atari 2600 game. Everyone else has been through this jungle before.

reggie posted a review

Pitfall Harry's son appears with a buffed-out 16-bit version of the classic, and it's better than ever!

Keeping Up with The Joneses

Pitfall Harry is lost somewhere in the Mayan ruins, so Harry Jr. decides he's going to brave the toughest temples and most fearsome forests to find him. You must help young Harry find fame, fortune, and father, all in the same day.

Ruined temples and lush forests aside, you'll also have to travel through deserted mines, across thunderous waterfalls, and into a nocturnal jungle. The Mayans didn't inhabit the rainforests alone, either- bats, rats, and jungle cats keep you on your toes. Just to make sure you don't get bored, there are also hidden areas, traps, and treasures. And you'll even come across the original Activision Pitfall for the 2600!

What's a fortune hunter to do? Or to do it with? Harry Jr. is armed with a whip, which also serves as a grappling hook where appropriate. He also finds bombs, boomerangs, and bags of rocks to use against enemies.

ProTip: Continually try to jump past trees in the jungle. You're bound to find hidden areas.

It's a Jungle in Here

Pitfall contains some of the best character animations ever seen in a SNES game. The intricate climbing and swinging sequences are complimented by smooth running and I jumping illustrations. The enemies even have their own distinct personalities, like paper-thin revolving archers or bloodsucking bats.

The music is your standard game drone, but the sound effects are marvelously lifelike. From junior's exclamations (when he gets near a cliff) to the rich animal sound effects, this game is definitely an adventure for the ears.

  • You can push mine carts and use them as step ladders.
  • Activision's original Atari 2600 game is in the first part of the Temple of Coban stage. Just jump up and go to the far left. When you see these 2600 scorpions, go through the door and proceed left again. Jump over the low wall, and you'll see the Vortex that will take you to this classic game.

And an adventure for the thumbs as well, because Harry Jr. has lots of close calls and pitfalls. The smooth controls are responsive, but not always accurate. You have to play the game a little before you get the hang of handling Harry Jr.

Bring On River Raid!

Now that you've seen the commitment that Activision has put into restoring this classic game, you almost want to see what it'll do with River Raid, its other smash for the 2600. But until then, you'll have plenty of fun with this title, which is challenging and entertaining at the same time. While other action/adventure games stumble, Pitfall doesn't take a pratfall.

reggie posted a review

Of all the games made for the Atari 2600, one game -- Pitfall -- truly captured gamers' imaginations. In Pitfall, you guided a treasure hunter, Harry, through a dangerous jungle. Harry's adventure continues now on the Genesis: He's been kidnapped by an evil Mayan god and it's up to you to help Harry Jr. rescue the famous explorer.

A Harry Situation

Fans of the original Pitfall will notice right away that Harry Jr. is in for a tough time in the old town tonight. Lightning- fast snakes, stone-throwing monkeys, swooping eagles, skeletons, and a host of other enemies make it a jungle out there. There's a lot to enjoy in this game, including the original Pitfall. That's right, if you don't know what the Atari game looked and played like, you can find it on level eight!

ProTip: To go up in the Calakaual Rain Forest, jump on a tree stump and hold Down. You'll soon catapult to the top of the screen.

The Mayan jungle may be dangerous, but what a beautiful threat it is! Anyone who enjoyed the original Pitfall will find the gorgeous jungles, caves, and waterfalls of the Mayan kingdom a far cry from the blocky 2600 graphics. The music is also well done, with jungle drums and sinister melodies urging you onward more than a time limit ever could.

A Few Pitfalls

Unfortunately, unresponsive controls create some monkey business. Harry Jr.'s easy to maneuver, and he has a cool bungee-jumping ability, but the split-second lag time between his jump and your ability to control his movements again is the difference between a narrow escape and losing a life. The same problem occurs whenever he changes direction -- he pauses, you can't control him, and Harry Jr. takes a hit. Other parts of the game move at such a rapid pace that beginning players will probably find the controls difficult to manage even on the easiest setting.

  • Here's a pad trick to change your speed. Plug in a controller for Player Two. Press Button A on this controller to slow down and Button B to speed up. Use this trick during the Runaway Mine Cart level.
  • Jump on every protruding rock in the Xibalba Falls level. Hidden items, such as 1- ups, are scattered everywhere.
  • During the Lost City of Copan level, jump on the statue's tongue to catapult upward.
  • The snapping alligators in the Yaxachilan Lagoon can't open their mouths as long as you're standing on their heads.

Jungle Fever

Control difficulties shouldn't keep fans of nonstop adventure games out of this jungle -- they'll find Pitfall to be a challenging addition to their game library. With heart-pounding action and a slick appearance, Pitfall should please the platform purists.

reggie posted a review

A side-scroller in which you play adventurer Pitfall Harry Jr in search of his father Pitfall Harry.

The spirit of an evil Mayan warrior has kidnapped Pitfall Harry in PITFALL: The Mayan Adventure.

Now, it is up to Harry, Jr. to complete the expedition and save his father. He will have to swing from vines, take bungee jumps, and ride in an empty mine car. While he’s busy swinging and jumping, gargoyles, crocodiles, skeletons, and traps await his arrival.

There are 13 levels and the action is fast and gripping. You will need to be attentive-and quick. Or prepare to die.

Help the next generation find treasure, in Pitfall - The Mayan Adventure.

reggie posted a review

Many years ago there was a daring adventurer who traveled the world in search of ancient legends and lost treasures. His journeys took him across the seven seas and to the ends of the earth. He ventured into vast, uncharted regions filled with unthinkable dangers. As word of his exploits filtered back to civilization, he soon became larger than life...a legend. This great explorer was Pitfall Harry.

After many successful quests, Harry settled down to raise his son, Harry Junior. Having inherited his father's love of the unknown, Harry Jr. grew up to become a hip 18-year-old with a deep sense of adventure - and a bit of an attitude. He quickly learned the thrill of exploration and discovery and soon experienced many exciting quests of his own.

Hearing of his son's thrilling escapades, Pitfall Harry realized how much he longed for the life he once knew. So together the daring duo set off for the jungles of Central America in search of the lost treasures of the Mayans.

But something went terribly wrong...

Pitfall Harry has been taken captive by the dreaded warrior spirit Zakelua: Lord of Evil. Armed with only a trusty sling and his father's journal, young Harry Jr. must now venture into the unknown to rescue his father...before it's too late!

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