Cliffhanger

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For the Sega Game Gear game, see Cliffhanger (Game Gear).

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  • Mega Drive
  • Mega-CD

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

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-93036
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-93036-50
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[3] T-93036-50
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega-CD
US
T-93075
Videogame Rating Council: MA-13
Sega Mega-CD
BR
063130

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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.

The player controls Gabe Walker, who must fight a group of terrorists trying to stop him from saving his partner Hal, who they kidnapped after the two of them went to answer a distress call from a crashed plane.

Gameplay

16-bit versions of the game are all 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.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

For Sony Imagesoft
  • Executive Producer: Rich Robinson
  • Producer: Mary Ann Norris
  • Assistant Producers: Patrick Goodman, David Poe
  • Game Testing: Jose Cruz, Mike Giam, David Jaffe
For Sony Electronic Publishing Company
  • Olaf Olafsson, Lester Greenman, Peter Dille, Jeff Benjamin
For Malibu Interactive
  • Programmer: Chris Shrigley
  • Producer: James Maxwell
  • Assistant Producer: Justin Monast
  • Designers: James Maxwell, Dan MacArthur
  • Artists: Jeff Godfrey, Damon DuBois, Joan Igawa, Chris Ward, Richard Beston
  • Music and Sound FX by: Audiocyberworks, Eric Hammond, Keith Arem
  • Game Testing: Darin Johnson, Alan Fernandez, Ben Kutcher, James Guintu
Source:
In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Cliffhanger/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Television advertisements

Print advertisements

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Print advert in Game Players (US) #0612: "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (1993-1x-xx)
also published in:
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Mega Drive print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #145: "December 1993" (1993-11-15)
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Mega Drive print advert in Video Games (DE) #1993-12: "12/93" (1993-11-22)
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Mega Drive print advert in Todo Sega (ES) #9: "Diciembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
Sega Mega Drive
Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[7]
Consoles + (FR)
62
[8]
Cool Gamer (RU)
40
[9]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
50
[10]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
63
[1]
Mega (UK) PAL
29
[3]
Score (CZ)
30
[11]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
49
[12]
Sega Mega Drive
45
Based on
8 reviews

Cliffhanger

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
Cliffhanger MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, FR

Cliffhanger MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
Cliffhanger MD SE Box Rental.jpg
Cover

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
Sega Mega-CD
Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
73
[13]
Joypad (FR) PAL
85
[14]
Mega (UK) NTSC-U
52
[15]
Mega Action (UK) PAL
72
[16]
Mega Force (FR)
79
[17]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-U
49
[18]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-U
29
[19]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-U
77
[20]
Sega Zone (UK) NTSC-U
21
[21]
Video Games (DE) NTSC-U
58
[22]
Sega Mega-CD
59
Based on
10 reviews

Cliffhanger

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 Page
Sega Mega-CD
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
330,180,816 CD (US) T-93075

References


Cliffhanger

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