Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

Bringing the 1982 platforming classic to '90s home consoles, The Mayan Adventure puts players in the role of Harry Jr. as he searches the Mayan ruins for his father, the original Pitfall Harry.


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Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure is a 2D side-scrolling platformer developed and published by Activision for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (in conjunction with Redline Games) and Sega Genesis in late 1994.

A sequel and re-imagining of the 1982 Atari 2600 game Pitfall!, The Mayan Adventure stars Harry Jr., son of Pitfall Harry (the protagonist from the original game). When the elder Harry is captured off-screen by the dreaded warrior spirit Zakelua, it's up to the younger Harry to journey through the Mayan ruins to search for him.

The game is known for its smooth animation (as one of the final projects of animation studio Kroyer Films, best known for the 1992 film FernGully: The Last Rainforest) and soundtrack by Soundelux Media Labs. It also contains numerous references to the original game, including a playable version as a hidden easter egg.

The game was later ported in 1995 to the Sega CD, the Sega 32X (by Big Bang and Zombie Virtual Reality Entertainment), the Atari Jaguar (by Imagitec and co-published by Atari), and the PC (by Kinesoft). All of these versions contain updated graphics and audio, along with additional levels. The Jaguar version is unique as it is the last Activision game released for an Atari console and is the only game to be co-published with Atari themselves). The SNES version was also released in Japan by Pony Canyon on July 1995 as PITFALL: Maya no Daibouken (loosely translated to "Pitfall: The Adventures of Maya"). The Genesis version was later released in South America by Tec Toy sometime in 1997.

It was later ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2001 by Pipe Dream, released by Majesco in North America on June 10 and Interplay in Europe on September 21. The Genesis version was later digitally re-released for the Wii (via Virtual Console) on April 13, 2009 (and was later de-listed on January 1, 2014).