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Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

Windows - 1995

Also available on: Genesis - Jaguar - SEGA 32X

Alt names ピットフォール マヤの大冒険, Pitfall: Das Maya-Abenteuer, Pitfall: Maya no Daibōken
Year 1995
Platform Windows
Released in Germany, United States
Genre Action
Theme Platform
Publisher Activision, Inc.
Developer Activision, Inc.
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Side view
4.5 / 5 - 80 votes

Description of Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (aka ピットフォール マヤの大冒険, Pitfall: Das Maya-Abenteuer, Pitfall: Maya no Daibōken) is a video game published in 1995 on Windows by Activision, Inc.. It's an action game, set in a platform theme, and was also released on Genesis, Jaguar and SEGA 32X.

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J.D. 2024-05-07 0 point Windows version

Update, I fixed "Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure" on my Win 98 running on a P4 machine, previously when I changed to full screen from its default windowed mode it works fine and plays very smoothly (better then windowed mode) but when I want to exit back to default widowed mode to exit the game, the screen turn black and freezes the pc with looping music and have to force restart it. the cause, it was refresh rate issue from graphic card, the card itself works perfectly fine but on default setting of the card's refresh rate (which by default sets it to the highest the monitor can support, mine is 17 inch) can cause issues with some older games that has windowed setting by default, changed it to 60hz. After that booting back the windowed mode for Pitfall finally works! There’s some screen flickering but it's for few seconds when it goes back to windowed mode. Also worked with "Earth Worm Jim: Special Edition" (both games were made by the same developer). Sadly it didn't fix Toy Story, it gets stuck with looping music if attempting to esc to its default windowed mode.

Airle 2024-05-04 1 point

To play on Windows 10: https://www.speedrun.com/pitfall_the_mayan_adventure/guides/r7kf9

casuco prime 2024-04-03 0 point SEGA 32X version

miravos te pisa mi papa xdxdd

J.D. 2024-02-09 2 points Windows version

despite getting Pitfall to work perfectly fine in PCem emulator running win 98SE, i wanted the authentic experience because as much as i enjoy the emulator, by the time im writing this the PCem emulator it's still pretty slow and choppy at times getting anything beyond Pentium II is a slide show for me. you need really a very fast and powerful pc to run it without issues. so i finally caved-in and build an actual retro pc, i originally wanted a pentium II 450mhz or Pentium III 650mhz motherboards to build, but these are hard to find and stupid expensive now days, so i went with the second best thing, a socket 478 Pentium 4 Motherboard from 2004. there much easier to find and less expensive than the others. Thankfully most of them support Win 98 (specifically the Second Edition) and run fantastic 95% of the time. The only real downside is the Pentium 4 is considered too new and fast for windows 98, but works fine. Anyway after getting all the drivers and OS working, including USB 2.0 support for storage so i can transfer files without a headache. then I finally got to play Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure and it does work and play perfectly fine, but after playing it in full screen in low-resolution in fast mode for more than an hour, when trying to exit the game it just goes to black with music just loops without end, and hangs my computer. I had to force restart it. i have no idea why this happens when I play in full screen mode. But in windowed mode its fine. I’m reminded how much of a pain it is to work with such an outdated OS like windows 98 back in the day. But it's still worth it and it's a good learning curve and now I’m more familiar with hiccups and how to avoid its pitfalls (no pun intended). I had the same issue with EWJ special edition and even Toy Story. My guess is since there very early Windows 95 games that open up in window mode, before you change the settings, don’t play very nice with much newer hardware/software.

abstriker 2024-01-10 -3 points

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Alooo 2022-12-11 -8 points

How to sell wife for internet connection

tng88 2022-12-04 3 points Windows version

pls see this post above:
PITFALL FAN 2022-07-31 3 points Windows version
I found a way to make Pitfall work for Windows 10 so I'll share it here.

****Thanks, I success it too on windows10
The guide:
On windows 10 with emulator "PCem" I can play pitfall The Mayan Adventure fine with sound effect. (i can play pitfall in win10 but without sound effect)

excellent guides from 2 guys about setup PCemulator on your PC .
Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOD1wwtfrjY&t=0s
text guide: https://olistutorials.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/setting-up-pcem-for-windows-95-games/

my machine: fic va-503 , pentium 200mhz, 128MB, 2GB c:\ , soundbaclaster 16bit, realtek rtl 8029 (NIC) . Usb mouse work fine, usb memory key not work. I can ping local , but not outside (resolv of hostname works) .
I download win98 (see youtube link) , using WinCDEmu-4.1 to pack pitfall to iso. Mount the iso in cd-rom, from there i start pitfall.exe

to Transfer files from Host to VM and from VM to Host, read this guy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAk_-AeTJec

Welcome back to the past :-)

DjeL 2022-11-08 0 point

Does not work

kOKus 2022-09-07 0 point

Thank you!

Pitfall fan 2022-07-31 5 points Windows version

I found a way to make Pitfall work for Windows 10 so I'll share it here.

I got it working by creating a PCem Win95 config and mounting a CD Rom image that I found searching online. Plays exactly like the original Windows version with music and effects, etc. Even made an Xbox controller work as a joystick. The nostalgia is incredible.

we of 2022-05-25 -22 points

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J.D. 2022-04-15 2 points Windows version

I LOVE THIS GAME!!!, huge fan of the Pitfall games (Pitfall II and mayan adventure are my favorites) a classic side-scroller with smooth framerate and fluid animation clearly inspired by Virgin Interactive/Disney's "Aladdin" and "The Jungle Book". i had this game way way back when i had my old win 95, sadly i was only 5 years old at the time and never able to finish it, and i move on i really wanted to play this game properly after all these years. from all the versions i checked and played: Sega CD is hands down the best console version, sega genesis comes very close, SNES is OK but a bit streched and washed out, The 32X version had potential, it's so close rivaling the genesis version but it's bogged down by the horrbile frame rate, The Atari Jaguar version is such let down, despite looking better then the 32X it's buggy, frame rate hickups and overall feels rushed, and the GBA version is down right garbage.

but PC-ROM is the definitive version!!! has the best of both worlds, enhanced graphics of the inferior 32X version, the CD quality audio of the Sega CD, and the exclusive levels from Sega CD/32X version and in smooth 60FPS.

sadly this game is almost impossible to run on modern hardware. you can play it (kind of) on win10, but you have to properties of the exe file change the windows compatibility to win95 or win 98/me and replace the outdated DLL files otherwise it will not work. the game itself is locked in windowed mode, no way of enlarging it or full screen and and there's no audio at all, there's a way to get it work manaully but it's such a such a hassle and not working very well. it's such a shame this is another case of a classic game that don't play nice on post 95/98 pcs. if there's a game that needs remaster very badly on PC it's definitely this one. since microsoft acquired activision (the IP holder) we may finally get that wish in the future :)

none 2021-08-23 1 point Windows version

Windows game can work fine with CD music too on Windows 10+: see on Vogons forum (search for topics like 'Game will ONLY work with CD in drive', 'MCI cdaudio not repeating (looping) on modern Windows systems' etc.).
Looks like the only problem is no music loop while playing, unless you use some wrappers like dxwnd and rip audio to MP3/OGG

Dugglet McNugglet 2021-01-27 0 point Windows version

@JP @DDD THANK YOU for this! I've literally never been able to hear the sound effects actually work on a modern system.

jp 2021-01-01 2 points Windows version

running this game modern PC's is frustrating. ISO is broken and will not work no matter what I do!. the RIP version on the other-hand is playable but it has performance and sound issues. it runs in windowed mode but I still experienced some framerate dips, you can play with resolution and screen size but it sadly doesn't really fixes the problem.
the biggest problem the game currently has is the audio as there is non, not even sound-effects. there is a way around fixing the sound effects. if you change the Properties of PITFALL.EXE to windows 95 or 98/me, in the game settings you can enable the sound effects and it will work but it will crash the game due to outdated DLL file, there's replacement DLL file from a site "https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=32451&sid=be4e0e4d113dea309c141bf0c1c01f1a&start=20#p268314" just download it and replace old DLL file with the new one and the sound effects will work without crashing but it only works if the properties of this game is on windows 95 or 98/me, above that it will not work.

now the music is by the time I'm writing this borderline impossible, it needs to run directly from the CD (which is redbook audio and it wasn't implemented properly for post windows 95 PC's) currently it's impossible on Win 10 64x (unless you tweak you're computer to oblivion) to make the audio work with modern pc's.

'Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure' on windows needs to be restored properly to work modern PC and i hope Activision will finally get off their high horses give this IP to Steam or GOG already!

Kio 2020-11-15 0 point Windows version

Iso says that it's corrupted. Is there any way to fix it?

MEE 2019-11-06 1 point

How did y'all get the music to work without the CD?

ddd 2019-03-12 4 points Windows version

Check here for how to get sound to work: https://thisoldrecliner.neocities.org/pitfall.html

Asad 2018-12-01 0 point Windows version

excellent

Sarah 2018-09-09 0 point Windows version

The RIP version has no sound, and I tried downloading ISO but doesn't work. Is there a way to get sound on here??

Shit 2018-07-08 -2 points Windows version

Game sucks, can't get any sound....try again

Doesnt Work 2018-07-08 1 point Windows version

Rip Version have no Sound, and ISO doesnt Start and freezes Win10 64x

María 2017-02-25 9 points

This is that kind of game that bring me those unique childhood memories and even now grown up this game gives me a blast! 10 out of 10 I recommend it to everybody!

Axe 2016-12-19 4 points

Excellent platformer. Lots of fun. Fond memories playing this as a kid. Still have the game for playstation 2. looks identical. Anybody who loves Earthworm Jim, Mario, Sonic , or Ghouls and Ghosts, would like this game too.

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