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Cliffhanger is based on the 1993 Sylvester Stallone movie. The lead character, Gabe Walker, is an expert in high mountain search and rescue and receives a distress signal from a plane that has crashed nearby. However, the plane is actually loaded with terrorists who hijacked a large shipment of cash. The game consists of side-scrolling action. The hero can walk, run, jump, punch, and kick while jumping. Further, he can perform special feats as the situation requires, such as crossing a rope suspended from two cliffs. One of the biggest threats in this game is nature as Gabe must defend against wolves and birds, snow falling off cliffs and structures, and falling rocks.


Cliffhanger NES The jump kick move
Cliffhanger NES Dead in a spike pit
Cliffhanger Amiga Part of the introduction, explaining the plot.
Cliffhanger Game Boy First stage

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Cliffhanger Magazine Advertisement Page 21

Alternate Titles

  • "Risco Total" -- Brazilian NES title

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User Reviews

Average platformer yet astoundingly faithful to the film. NES Kyle Palkowski (226)

Critic Reviews

Sega Visions Game Gear Jan, 1994 44 out of 100 44
Play Time Amiga Jul, 1994 38 out of 100 38
Amiga Games Amiga Jul, 1994 30 out of 100 30
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Feb, 1994 12 out of 40 30
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Mar, 1994 4.75 out of 6 25
All Game Guide NES 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Amiga Power Amiga Jul, 1994 19 out of 100 19
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Aug, 1994 16 out of 100 16 NES Jul, 2011 F 0


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