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Cliffhanger
Publisher: Sony Imagesoft
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-93036
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2] T-93036-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-93036-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-93036-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-93036-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Mega-CD
US
$? T-93075
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$? 063130



Cliffhanger is a Sega Mega Drive and Sega Mega-CD beat-'em-up game released in 1993. It was developed by Malibu Interactive and published by Sony Imagesoft as a tie-in to the 1993 Sylvester Stallone film Cliffhanger. A version for the Sega Game Gear was also released, but is a very different game.

You play as Gabe Walker, who must fight a group of terrorists trying to stop you from saving your partner Hal, who they kidnapped after the two of you went to answer a distress call from a crashed plane.

Gameplay

16-bit versions of the game are all the beat-em-ups along the same lines as Streets of Rage. On Sega platforms, A either punches, picks up a weapon, or uses it, B kicks, and C jumps, with combination moves possible. This version of the game was developed using the source code from the game Ex-Mutants (also developed by Malibu Interactive). The Mega-CD version also has a 3D avalanche-escape level and low-quality FMVs of various scenes from the motion picture.

Magazine articles

Main article: Cliffhanger/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in
Game Players (US) Vol. 6 No. 12 "December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) #16: "January 1994" (1993-12-21)[4]
  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[5]
</div>
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Mega Drive print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #145: "December 1993" (1993-11-15)
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Mega Drive print advert in
Video Games (DE) #12/93 (1993-11-22)
</div>
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Mega Drive print advert in
Todo Sega (ES) #9: "Diciembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
</div>

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
62 №31, p126/127[6]
63 №53, p84[1]
29 №20, p44
Sega Mega Drive
51
Based on
3 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Cliffhanger MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Cliffhanger MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Cliffhanger MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Cliffhanger-Megadrive-EUR.jpg
Cover
Cliffhanger MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, FR

Cliffhanger MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79
52 №18, p44
72 №11, p58/59
79
49 №27, p48/49
29 №52, p44/45
77 №30, p78
Sega Mega-CD
62
Based on
7 reviews

Mega-CD, US
Cliffhanger MCD US Box Back.jpgCliffhanger MCD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Cliffhanger MCD US Disc.jpg
Disc
Cliffhanger mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Cliffhanger MCD US RegCard.pdf
Reg Card
Mega-CD, BR
Cliffhanger MCD BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngCliffhanger MCD BR Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 9cbf44d3
MD5 7deb4b6859c115e0c9ad816476237465
SHA-1 bed365b6b7a1ef96cbdf64b35ad42b54d7d3fb1c
1MB 1993-08 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 35bff1fd
MD5 869dd1fd5b1810ddfaef4123bfb2f3db
SHA-1 c453130b2789fa5682367f9c071206e06952b951
1MB 1993-08 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 628251fd
MD5 b4623e7baddc1ede96b58e3702816ca8
SHA-1 af567a1ea2fe5ef080352f74d4b70a4e0a33f319
1MB 1994-01

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 053.pdf, page 85
  2. File:Mega UK 20.pdf, page 44
  3. File:GamePro US 052.pdf, page 213
  4. File:ElectronicGames2 US 16.pdf, page 85
  5. File:GamePro US 054.pdf, page 221
  6. File:ConsolesPlus FR 031.pdf, page 126


Games based on movies starring Sylvester Stallone for Sega systems
Sega Master System
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1986) | Rocky (1987) | Rambo III (1988)
Sega Mega Drive
Rambo III (1989) | Cliffhanger (1993) | Demolition Man (1995) | Judge Dredd (1995)
Sega Mega-CD
Cliffhanger (1993) | Demolition Man (1995)
Sega Game Gear
Cliffhanger (1993) | Judge Dredd (1995)
Arcade
Rambo (2008)