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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 SEGA CD Exclusive to the Sega CD are 3-D snowboarding sequences.
Cliffhanger SEGA CD Climbing sequences got ported over as well.
Cliffhanger SEGA CD Sly requests to finish his jawbreaker before starting the game.
Cliffhanger SEGA CD Movie clips are placed between the levels.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Risco Total" -- Brazilian title

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GamePro (US) Jun, 1994 3 out of 5 60
The Video Game Critic Jan 03, 2009 C+ 58
Video Games Mar, 1994 58 out of 100 58
Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2008 5 out of 10 50
All Game Guide 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40 Jul 30, 2007 3 out of 10 30
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 31, 2004 3 out of 10 30


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Although the Genesis box states otherwise, this game is one player only.
BurningStickMan (18027) added Cliffhanger (SEGA CD) on Sep 03, 2006
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