Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure for the
Super NES brought Pitfall, which debuted on the Atari 2600 in 1982, into the
1990s. After numerous successful quests, bold adventurer Pitfall Harry has
retired and passed on his thrill of exploration and discovery to his hip,
attitudinal son, Harry Junior. Pitfall Harry eventually grows restless and
decides to come out of retirement for one last adventure: exploring the jungles
of Central America with his son for the lost treasures of the Mayans.
Unfortunately, while deep in the heart of the jungle, Harry Sr. gets taken
captive by the warrior spirit Zakelua: Lord of Evil. You, fearless gamer, as Harry
Jr., must look for treasure as well as rescue dear old dad from a fate worse
than death. You begin the adventure armed only with your trusty sling, which
can be used as a whip or to throw stones. You must fend off numerous skeletons,
jaguars, hawks, gargoyles, snakes, vapor ghosts, and spirits as you go through
the game's ten levels of play. Mayan lands you must explore include the Jungle
of Ceiba, the Tazamul Mines, Xibalba Falls, the Lost City of Copan, Copan
Temple, Lakamul Rain Forest, Yaxchilan Lagoon, Balankanche Mine, the Tikal
Ruins, and Tikal Temple. You can find artifacts that give you extra time,
health, and continues. If you stumble across a chili pepper, you will be
temporarily endowed with super-human strength, which enables you to run faster
and jump higher.
As you progress through the game, you will discover ancient Mayan weapons (such as boomerangs and exploding stones) that will help you defeat enemies and overcome obstacles. Jungle exploration requires much agility and the ability to perform many skills, such as swinging on vines, crawling, climbing ropes, crossing pegs and cords, riding ziplines and springing off webs or other items. You will also ride a skate car, pull levers, enter doors, bungee-jump, and hop aboard a runaway mine car. Bonus worlds are hidden throughout, including the original Atari 2600 rendition of classic Pitfall!