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a game by Nintendo, Sony Imagesoft, and Spidersoft
Genres: Action, Platformer
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES, NESNES, GameGear, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 5/10, based on 8 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Sylvester Stallone Games
  • Theme: Action
  • Release: 1994

People say:


Cliffhanger is a poor man's Double Dragon. It's just too choppy to keep my interest. The same bad guys show up over and over, and the game play is not there. The graphics are pretty good, and the scenes with the avalanche are particularly exciting, but I just couldn't get into this cart. This would best be suited for fans of the movie, or those die-hard players who must have a side-scrolling fighting game.


I really enjoyed the movie but this is another cart that fits in the category of being totally disappointing. First of all, the graphics have a lot to be desired and the control has to be some of the worst I've ever seen. The sound seems to be more annoying than the graphics at times, and the attack method reminds me of cheesy old arcade games. No creativity whatsoever and a bad use of a movie license.


There really isn't much worth mentioning about this game. I tried to give it a chance, but I just couldn't! First of all, the animation was not up to par, which added to the poor game play. Second, the graphics are nothing to scream about. Although it's set in the snowy mountains, it seemed like a two-color game with whites and grays. I got tired of the game very easily and gladly turned it off. Other than that, it's just fair.


Well, what can I say? I didn't like this one at all! It suffers from poor control, and a lack of originality. There's nothing really special here. It reminds me of a bad Double Dragon in the snow. I just love games where the enemies flicker and die when you hit them! In addition, the bad John Lithgow boss made me want to jump off a cliff myself! Even the graphics are below average with really bad colors and poor animation.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Cliffhanger's perfect material for an exciting video game -- snowy mountains, plane crashes, treacherous cliff climbing, and relentless opponents with bare fists, knives, and machine guns. What kid wouldn't want to play Sylvester Stallone? Too bad Sony didn't take all that great stuff and make it into an exciting video game.

There's Money in Them Thar Hills!

Gabe Walker is a hardened climber who rescues people for a living. Cliffhanger puts you in Gabe's hiking boots in the middle of a rescue-gone-awry. You have to rescue your friends from Qualen and his band of robbers, and search for some missing cash.


  • During the first level, the fastest route is along the far front of the snow-capped path.
  • When you're attacked by multiple enemies, take some shots at the first pair that runs at you. While they're temporarily disabled, move aside to dodge the attack from the back.
  • A running punch can do some serious damage to groups of enemies.

In each of the game's seven levels, you're challenged to battle Qualen's gang -- first with your fists, and then with weapons, that is if you can manage to grab a knife or a gun. The game play is Double Dragon/Final Fight-style, and you've got several moves, including punches, kicks, and, a sweeping "super kick" (the most effective).

Gabe's Slip-Ups

Cliffhanger's a tough challenge for any gamer, but it's that frustrating kind of challenge that'll make you want to rappel away from your TV. The game play is uneven -- you'll survive a tough battle only to fall into the water and die.

Cliffhanger's animation is simplistic by current Genesis standards. The characters don't move realistically, although the variety of offensive moves mixes the action. The background graphics are average and repetitive. The sound effects are clean, ranging from bassy punches to painful groans.

  • Practice the Fast Run. Use it to get out of tight spots and cross large chasms.
  • The Roundhouse Sweep is very effective in a crowd, but it takes life away from Gabe.

Gabe's controls just don't have a crisp feeling. It's sometimes hard to activate the Fast Run -- which you really need to make some jumps.

Don't let the guy with a gun draw a bead on you. if you stand still, he'll line up with you on-screen and plug you. If he stops moving, be sure you quickly move toward the top or bottom of the screen to dodge his bullets.

Falling Down

You don't need to know the finer points of mountain climbing to dive into Cliffhanger -- you'll learn the ropes in no time. Unfortunately, you may not feel like hanging around long enough to find out.

  • Theme: Action

If you ever wanted to live out the action-packed scenes from Sylvester Stallone's latest film, you now can, and it's portable. The graphics are very crisp and clear for the Game Gear, plus the multifaceted game play is refreshing. When a couple of suitcases filled with an obscene amount of money is lost in a mountain range, it soon becomes apparent that you must collect it. Unfortunately, there are some ruthless criminals out to get the money as well. Not only must you brave avalanches, bottomless pits, and wild animals, but some majorly bad dudes as well.

Brave the treacherous slopes of a mountain range, while searching for a briefcase of stolen cash. Survive the dangers of some major bad guys, and the Earth's natural disasters. On your journey, you must cross perilous chasms, race for your life against avalanches, and climb up sheer cliff faces.

To help you combat the many opponents, you can find guns and knives, or use your finely honed combat skills.

To get to the end of this game, you must learn a variety of moves typical to the standard punch-and-kick game. Add some wall climbing, and jumping over pits, and you have your hands full!

Sylvester Stallone's hot action flick Cliffhanger is coming to the Sega CD. Very similar to the cartridge version, you can expect this one to have a lot of effects not found in the cart. For example, there is a ski-boarding scene that has to be seen to be believed. It's on par to the driving scenes in the Batman Returns CD game.

The rest of the game will have you fighting criminals, running from an avalanche, and climbing sheer cliff faces. It's enough to make even Sylvester Stallone cringe!

With the expanded capabilities of the CD, the cinemas will be just like the film. If you want to face the same treacherous battles that overwhelmed you in the movie, this game is a must. One of the better Sega CD games.

Based on last summer's action block-buster hit, Cliffhanger offers the, same excitement now brought to your NES. You are Gabe Walker, Rocky Mountain rescue ace, facing the most grueling operation of your life - saving your friends plus defeating Qualen and his gang. You have to travel through dangerous mountain terrain where great ability of climbing and jumping are needed to avoid the wide crevices and the huge avalanches that await your fate. Plus, many enemies, such as rabid wolves and eagles flying overhead, will try to stop your progress. On the way, there are many items you can pick up that will help you pass the obstacles and help you survive the bitter cold.

Cliffhanger starring Sylvester Stallone had 'em hanging in the aisles. Now the blockbuster action movie is poised to scale new heights on the SNES. MCA brought you the flick, so naturally corporate cohort Sony Imagesoft will bring you the game.

You play as Gabe Walker (Rocky Mountain rescue ace), facing the most grueling operation of your life: saving your friends from the megalomaniac Qualen and his gang of high-altitude bad guys. This side-view, multi-scrolling action/adventure game covers seven levels and makes you throw mucho fists and feet at Qualen's henchmen.

Gabe's fighting moves look sweet. They'll include jabs, high and low kicks, blocks, and a spinning super kick. Knives and guns will give the goons an advantage, unless you grab 'em and use 'em.

The mountainous battles will get seriously physical. You'll climb vertical cliff faces. You'll cross rope bridges hand-over-hand above bottomless chasms. You'll even have to outrun an avalanche.

Cliffhanger could send gamers over the edge. Even hard-core Stallone fans may find that this game's menacing mountains are the toughest Rockies of them all.

The Game is based on the film with Sylvester Stallone.

The climber Gabe Walker will appear the savior of a big sum of greens, stolen during the aviatransportation, if... you help him with it. I need to warn you, that doing so is not very simple: in fact you are a climber, not a professional soldier, having the terrorists mixed up with the corrupted FBI agents resisting you.

So go ahead to travel through the mountains, using the weapon (knifes, machine guns) and fists. The main thing is not to not fall down in any chasm or get under the avalanche.

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