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The Killing Game Show (Atari ST)

The Killing Game Show Atari ST Intro: The protagonist, dormant

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Description

This is a vertical platformer with horizontal wrap-around. For the entertainment of the futuristic masses, you play a criminal that has been inserted into a mechanical body with the promise that if you succeed in surviving through all the levels (there are many and they are hard), you will be set free. You start each level at the bottom, near pooling liquid which will soon rise, at your immediate peril. Navigate the level from bottom to the exit at the top before the liquid rises and kills you. There are many other foes that fly around, causing you damage and basically annoying you to spit. Most levels must be navigated through a series of keyed gates, doors, or portals. These shaped keys are scattered around the map and must by picked up and used only on the gates they match individually. Twist: You can only carry one special weapon (triple shot, laser beam, or vertical shot) and one tool (key, liquid-freeze, or a red herring) at a time. This game requires a lot of memorization of enemy movement patterns and optimum routes. A unique feature is that when you die, you can watch a replay and take over at any point to continue your game. You can also hit the HELP button at the start of each level to view a map, helping you plan your route.

Screenshots

The Killing Game Show Atari ST Intro: The protagonist, dormant (redux)
The Killing Game Show Atari ST Wreaking havoc (replay)
The Killing Game Show Atari ST The subtle reminder to use the instant replay's Fast Forward feature
The Killing Game Show Atari ST Ooh, reflections!

Alternate Titles

  • "Fatal Rewind" -- Genesis title
  • "キリング・ゲーム・ショー" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

ST Format Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Jan, 1992 72 out of 100 72

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Trivia

Cameo

This game's main character (the robot) makes a cameo in the Genesis version of Wiz 'n' Liz during the Sega logo sequence. This is due to the fact that the same people who worked on The Killing Game Show also worked on Wiz 'n' Liz.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #40 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

Martin Smith (63162) added The Killing Game Show (Atari ST) on Jun 10, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Mike Clarke (57)