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Cliffhanger (USA)

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Beat ’em up

Console

Sega Genesis

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Cliffhanger (USA)

platform game that was released on October 17, 1993 based on the film of the same name.

Plot

plane filled with terrorists attempting to steal money from a treasury plane while airborne is shot down by an FBI plane. The terrorists survive and send out a distress signal, to which the main character, Gabe, responds. However, Gabe does not know that the mayday signal is coming from a group of terrorists, and after reaching them, the terrorists capture Gabe’s partner, Hal, and hold him hostage. Gabe must then set out and retrieve the money in order to save Hal.

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The game begins with Gabe responding to the call, before Hal being captured. In order to progress through the game, the player must watch out for enemies and either avoid them by jumping or defeat them by attacking with various weapons, such as a knife or a gun. There are also bosses after every few levels, the final boss being Qualen, the leader of the terrorist group. In some versions of the game the player can also collect money bags scattered throughout the levels to increase their game score, up to the possible maximum of 958845.[1]

Reception

Reception

PublicationScore
AllGame[2]
Electronic Gaming Monthly4.75/10 (SNES)[3]
3/10 (NES)[4]
Game Players4/10 (SNES)[5]
Mega29%[6]

In their review of the Super NES version, Electronic Gaming Monthly deemed the game a poor Double Dragon clone, citing a lack of originality, poor controls, tiresome gameplay, and below average graphics.[3] They were even more condemning of the NES version, saying that the controls suffer from a delay, the soundtrack is grating, and the graphics look like they’re from one of the first wave of NES games.[4] Reviewing the Sega CD version, GamePro criticized that the five platforming levels are repetitive to the point of monotony, praised the two snowboarding levels as “extremely challenging and fun”, and complained at the game being weighted more towards the platforming levels than the snowboarding levels.[7]

In a retrospective review of the NES version AllGame editor Christopher Michael Baker was heavily critical of the game, calling it “one of the worst gaming experiences you’ll ever encounter on any system”.[2] Baker criticized the graphics and controls, and referred to it as a “disgrace to video games”.[2]

The game was awarded Worst Movie-to-Game of 1994 by Electronic Gaming Monthly.[8] Mega said it was “a truly disgusting piece of software”.[6]

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