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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 SNES waterfall
Cliffhanger SEGA CD A "story" option on the main menu lets you watch an edited version of the film's introduction.
Cliffhanger Genesis End of a sub-stage
Cliffhanger SNES End of climbing

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Cliffhanger Magazine Advertisement

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
Game Informer Magazine SEGA CD Aug, 2008 5 out of 10 50 Genesis Jan 23, 2012 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic SNES Jan 28, 2000 C 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Jan, 1994 19 out of 40 48
Game Players SNES Dec, 1993 40 out of 100 40 SEGA CD Jul 30, 2007 3 out of 10 30
Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1993 4.75 out of 6 25
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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