Back in 1983 I didn’t have the chance to play Cliff Hanger in the wilds of the arcades in my youth, but I knew about its existence thanks to the arcade game TV show Starcade! Here you can see Cliff Hanger (aka Lupin The Third) being played on that amazing TV show.
See Cliff Hanger in action on Starcade
It wouldn’t be until years later when I learned the Cliff Hanger game was actually just footage from some of the Lupin III films like the Castle of Cagliostro and the Mystery of Mamo. Still, it was a laser disc game and I always found myself regretting that I never had the chance to play the game. This despite laser games often being 50 cents a play and eating up all my money. The graphics were just so far ahead of any other games in the arcade, you could not resist.
A few weeks back on the No Quarter Podcast, Mike and Carrington discussed the game. In their show notes included the link to the Stern Electronics promotional video you see below. It is a remarkable relic from our gaming past.
A big thank you to Mike and Carrington for the heads up on that awesome video!