General info for: Cliff Hanger
Title:
Cliff Hanger
Original Release Year:
Original Publisher:
Authors:
James P.H. Day
Message Language:
English
Machine Type:
ZX-Spectrum 48K
Genre:
Maximum Players:
2
Multi-Turn Type:
Turn based
Controls:
Redefineable keys
Original Price:
£7.95
Known Errors:
Bugfix provided by Mr. Anonymous:
  • From the 'YS Complete Guide to 3D Games' in the WOS Archive:
    "The one fly in the eye is the bug on the Apollo 13 screen, rendering the game unfinishable."
    and playing it through indeed results in an almighty crash on level 15.

    Taking off with the rocket carefully strapped to your back results in you falling repeatedly from the top to the bottom of the screen before finally crashing to earth. You don't see the crashing to earth bit but you can certainly hear it.

    Now depending on the next level selected by the game, it will now continue, either with the Kamikaze or Apollo 13 level, or... crash.

    The crash is the result of the game unable to locate one of two additional screens and hence you never get to play them.

    Here's the full list of the levels...

    Level 1  Screen 1 Boulder Dash
    Level 1 Screen 2 Three Chances
    Level 1 Screen 3 The Seesaw

    Level 2 Screen 1 Great Railway Journeys
    Level 2 Screen 2 The Bommerang
    Level 2 Screen 3 The Cannon

    Level 3 Screen 1 The Unloading Station
    Level 3 Screen 2 Chuckie Bomb
    Level 3 Screen 3 Two Chances

    Level 4 Screen 1 The Circus Act
    Level 4 Screen 2 Bombs Away
    Level 4 Screen 3 The Faraday Screen

    Level 5 Screen 1 The Powerball
    Level 5 Screen 2 The Time Bomb
    Level 5 Screen 3 The Delivery Wagon

    Level 6 Screen 1 Breakaway
    Level 6 Screen 2 Getting Your Own Back
    Level 6 Screen 3 The Seesaws Revenge

    Level 7 Screen 1 The Trajectory
    Level 7 Screen 2 Dead Weight
    Level 7 Screen 3 The Signal Box

    Level 8 Screen 1 The Rebound
    Level 8 Screen 2 The Red Herring
    Level 8 Screen 3 Shake Loose

    Level 9 Screen 1 First On The Left
    Level 9 Screen 2 The Space Invader
    Level 9 Screen 3 The Recoil

    Level 10 Screen 1 Which One
    Level 10 Screen 2 The Artillery Train
    Level 10 Screen 3 The Blitz
    Level 10 Screen 4 Bounce To Boulder Dash

    Level 11 Screen 1 Confused You Will Be
    Level 11 Screen 2 The Artillery Train
    Level 11 Screen 3 To Much Gauss
    Level 11 Screen 4 Hi Tech Boulder Dash

    Level 12 Screen 1 Where Did That Come From
    Level 12 Screen 2 Great Railway Journeys
    Level 12 Screen 3 Zap
    Level 12 Screen 4 Double Shot

    Level 13 Screen 1 No Where To Run
    Level 13 Screen 2 Just Survive
    Level 13 Screen 3 No Duck No Luck
    Level 13 Screen 4 Drop In On You

    Level 14 Screen 1 Sheer Heart Attack
    Level 14 screen 2 The Red Herring
    Level 14 Screen 3 The Bouncing Lemming
    Level 14 SCreen 4 The Fatal Act

    Level 15 Screen 1 Kamikaze
    Level 15 Screen 2 Apollo 13
    Level 15 Screen ? Mobile Gun Command
    Level 15 Screen ? One Small Step For A Man

    51 levels in total

    We'll slot the missing screens back in then and have another look. It doesn't crash anymore but there are major problems with these screens still.

    >Kamikaze
    This one is OK. No work required.

    >Apollo 13
    As stated previously, taking off with the rocket causes you to repeatedly fall down the screen. What should happen is that you fall through the hole, the screen should flip, and hopefully land on Mr. Bandit's head and squash 'im.

    We'll recode the level then to make sure this happens. Also, taking off with the rocket causes a graphical glitch (there are a number throughout the game) whereby the rocket sticks in mid air so we will also reposition the rocket slightly to the other(invisible) take off point to stop this happening.

    >Mobile Gun Command
    This looks like the 'Drop In On You' screen except you don't stop in the middle to 'Drop In' and continue to the right whereupon it crashes. The screen, for a level 15'er, looks decidedly unfinished? so we will sneakily redirect it to the Artillery level and save us a bit o'graft redesigning the level.

    >One Small Step For A Man
    You can take off with the rocket easily enough (rocket glitch here too) but when you land on the far side to push the boulder you will find that you just walk straight through it and thus the level is impossible.

    Another bit of recoding then to tell the game that there is indeed a ruddy great boulder right before our eyes and we would like to push it onto Bandit Man's head if we may please.

Modified "BUGFIX" file provided by Mr. Anonymous.
Other platforms:
Original WoS Score:
7.78 (38 votes)

Cliff Hanger screenshot
http://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/pub/sinclair/screens/in-game/c/CliffHanger.gif screenshot

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