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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 SEGA CD Intro screen with running movie clip.
Cliffhanger SEGA CD Movie clips are placed between the levels.
Cliffhanger SNES suitcase
Cliffhanger Genesis Running from an avalanche.

Alternate Titles

  • "Risco Total" -- Brazilian title

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GamePro (US) SEGA CD Jun, 1994 3 out of 5 60
The Video Game Critic SEGA CD Jan 03, 2009 C+ 58
Game Informer Magazine SEGA CD Aug, 2008 5 out of 10 50
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1993 2.5 out of 5 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Jan, 1994 4.75 out of 10 48
Game Players SNES Dec, 1993 40 out of 100 40
1UP! SNES Feb 17, 2006 30 out of 100 30
Sega-16.com SEGA CD Jul 30, 2007 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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