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The player uses a joystick along with hand and foot buttons to control Cliff Hanger whose mission is to save Clarissa from the evil Count Draco. Japanese laser gameplay from the movie "Lupin III" progresses through eight sections of action.

Cliff Hanger was produced by Stern Electronics in 1983.

Stern Electronics released 67 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Stern Electronics was based in United States.

Other machines made by Stern Electronics during the time period Cliff Hanger was produced include: Orbitor 1, Cue, Dragonfist, Frenzy, Dark Planet, Great Guns, Mazer Blazer, Goal To Go, Lost Tomb, and Great Guns


Name Cliff Hanger
Developer Stern Electronics (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7352
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class unique
External Device LDP - Pioneer PR-8210, PR-8210A (using IR-LED), or Pioneer LD-1100 (using IR-LED)
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - Hand|Foot
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Cliff Hanger Instructions Image
Control Panel Cliff Hanger Control Panel Image
Side Art Cliff Hanger Side Art Image

Game Play

Action packed laser game. You must guide Cliff Hanger through Ninjas, car chases, helicopter chases, underground scuba-diving, castle climbing and a clock tower, fighting to save a lovely woman named Clarissa from the evil plans of Count Draco.

This game is very fast paced in some places, which makes it even more exciting. The game gives optional hints at the bottom of the screen regarding whether you are to make a joystick move or push a button.

Cliff Hanger KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.58 (8 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.75

Overall Like 4.14
Fun (Social) 3.29
Fun (Solo) 3.75
Collector Desire 4.43

Technical Rating: 3.76

Gameplay 3.43
Graphics 4.43
Originality 3.43
Sound/Music 3.29

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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This was Stern's first laser game; Goal To Go was their other one. To see the entire story of Lupin (the game's main character) from begining to end, check out the Japanese anime feature entitled "The Castle of Cagliostro."

Cabinet Information

The sides show Cliff climbing a mountain.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Cliff Hanger Census

There are 14,827 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,880 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Common - There are 44 known instances of this machine owned by Cliff Hanger collectors who are active members. Of these, 41 of them are original dedicated machines. 3 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 4 active VAPS members with a Cliff Hanger machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Cliff Hanger circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 5 active VAPS members currently looking for Cliff Hanger.

This game ranks a 15 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 10 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 161; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 161; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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