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Standard side-scrolling beat'em up 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 There goes Ramb... er, Gabe!
Cliffhanger SNES chasm
Cliffhanger SNES jump on log
Cliffhanger Genesis Intro cutscene

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Alternate Titles

  • "Risco Total" -- Brazilian title

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Play Time SNES Jan, 1994 72 out of 100 72
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Jun, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Power Unlimited SNES Feb, 1994 6 out of 10 60
Game Informer Magazine SEGA CD Aug, 2008 5 out of 10 50
Game Players SNES Dec, 1993 40 out of 100 40
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA CD Oct 31, 2004 3 out of 10 30
Score Genesis Jul, 1994 30 out of 100 30
1UP! SNES Feb 17, 2006 30 out of 100 30 SEGA CD Jul 30, 2007 3 out of 10 30
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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