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The Killing Game Show (Genesis)

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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 Genesis This level is nearly impossible to complete even with all the cheats on!
The Killing Game Show Genesis By this point the game's difficulty starts to aggravate you.
The Killing Game Show Genesis Yet, despite that the cartridge ROM is double the size of the US release.
The Killing Game Show Genesis Yeah! Welcome to the Killing Game Show!

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

Mean Machines Nov, 1991 83 out of 100 83
GamePro (US) Dec, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Jan, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Sega-16.com Sep 18, 2006 6 out of 10 60

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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

Mike Clarke (57) added The Killing Game Show (Genesis) on Feb 24, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (63155) and Mike Clarke (57)