Cliffhanger

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Genesis
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SEGA CD
47
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SNES
40
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Cliffhanger SEGA CD Evil John Lithgow orders you after his cases o' money.
Cliffhanger SEGA CD Intro screen with running movie clip.
Cliffhanger SNES Title Screen
Cliffhanger SNES jump on log

Alternate Titles

  • "Risco Total" -- Brazilian title

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Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited SNES Feb, 1994 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic SEGA CD Jan 03, 2009 C+ 58
Sega-16.com Genesis Jan 23, 2012 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic SNES Jan 28, 2000 C 50
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1993 2.5 out of 5 50
MAN!AC SNES 1993 48 out of 100 48
All Game Guide SEGA CD 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Video Games SNES Dec, 1993 39 out of 100 39
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA CD Oct 31, 2004 3 out of 10 30
The Video Game Critic Genesis Feb 20, 2008 F 0

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Trivia

Multiplayer

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