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Cliffhanger

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Developed by
Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Genesis
...
2.3
SEGA CD
47
2.2
SNES
42
1.7
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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 Sly requests to finish his jawbreaker before starting the game.
Cliffhanger SEGA CD Intro screen with running movie clip.
Cliffhanger SNES Title Screen
Cliffhanger SEGA CD Climbing sequences got ported over as well.

Alternate Titles

  • "Risco Total" -- Brazilian title

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The Press Says

GamePro (US) SEGA CD Jun, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Power Unlimited SNES Feb, 1994 6 out of 10 60
Sega-16.com Genesis Jan 23, 2012 5 out of 10 50
MAN!AC SNES 1993 48 out of 100 48
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
Game Players SNES Dec, 1993 40 out of 100 40
Sega-16.com SEGA CD Jul 30, 2007 3 out of 10 30
1UP! SNES Feb 17, 2006 30 out of 100 30
Just Games Retro SNES Feb 18, 2002 20 out of 100 20

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Trivia

Multiplayer

Although the Genesis box states otherwise, this game is one player only.
Contributed to by BurningStickMan (17751)