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Standard side-scrolling fighter based off of the Stallone film of the same name. Sly must fight thugs and the elements as he tracks down suitcases of stolen cash dropped around the peaks of the Rockies. Combat follows the Final Fight standard, broken up by some mountain climbing and running (or 3-D snowboarding on the Sega CD) from avalanches.

Enemies are the standard brawler crooks, occasionally carrying guns and knives the player can pick up. The game tends to follow a pattern of having you deal with a natural hazard (scaling a cliff, leaping over gaps), then locking the screen down for a fighting segment, nature again, fighting again, etc. The available fighting moves is limited, compared to other games of this type, and the ability to hit an enemy character is noticeably less accurate.

The plot is identical to the film, with levels based off of, or inspired by, scenes in the movie. Animated cutscenes move the story along on the cartridge systems, while brief clips from the film play between levels on the Sega CD.


Cliffhanger Genesis Stage one start
Cliffhanger SNES suitcase
Cliffhanger SNES Intro story
Cliffhanger SEGA CD Intro screen with running movie clip.

Alternate Titles

  • "Risco Total" -- Brazilian title

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GamePro (US) SEGA CD Jun, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Video Games SEGA CD Mar, 1994 58 out of 100 58
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1993 2.5 out of 5 50
The Video Game Critic SNES Jan 28, 2000 C 50
Game Informer Magazine SEGA CD Aug, 2008 5 out of 10 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Jan, 1994 4.75 out of 10 48
All Game Guide SEGA CD 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA CD Oct 31, 2004 3 out of 10 30
Just Games Retro SNES Feb 18, 2002 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
The Video Game Critic Genesis Feb 20, 2008 F 0


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Although the Genesis box states otherwise, this game is one player only.
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