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Killer Instinct

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In the distant future, a monopolistic and technological corporation called Ultratech organizes a fighting tournament known as "Killer Instinct". Many fighters answer the challenge to participate, including several of Ultratech's experimental warriors. To increase the tournament's challenge, Ultratech utilizes a technology that can create bridges between alternate dimensions, releasing a creature known as Eyedol. Eyedol is a two-headed ancient warrior that was imprisoned along with his bitter rival, Gargos. Some warriors enter the tournament to seek glory or escape. Other fighters are attempting to bring an end to Ultratech's corruption.

Killer Instinct is a 2D versus fighting game that features 3D rendered sprite based graphics. Players choose from ten characters: Orchid, Cinder, Jago, Glacius, Fulgore, Riptor, Sabrewulf, Spinal, T.J. Combo, and Thunder. The game is known for its heavy combo-based fighting system, allowing players to pull off moves that land a high number of hits on their opponent, the highest being the "Ultra Combo". The game also features combo breakers, finishing moves and stage fatalities, double energy bars, and a dance-music inspired techno soundtrack.


Killer Instinct Game Boy Winner
Killer Instinct SNES Riptor jumps on Spinal
Killer Instinct Game Boy Player 1 wins by time!
Killer Instinct SNES Spinal avoids the claws of Sabrewulf

Alternate Titles

  • "KI" -- Official abbreviation
  • "Brute Force" -- Working title

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User Reviews

The Gameboy manages to inject some life into this dead horse Game Boy Zovni (9384)
Combo Instinct is more like it! SNES PCGamer77 (3028)
A must have, never mind the age SNES ThE oNe (178)
This Game Should Be Buried In The Middle Of Nowhere And Never Be Spoken Of Again SNES MasterMegid (900)
Good and Bad Game Boy Kartanym (10785)
A wonderful fighting game. Game Boy Dark Lord (46)

The Press Says

Game Zero SNES Oct, 1995 95.5 out of 100 96
Hobby Consolas SNES Oct, 1995 95 out of 100 95 SNES Jan 05, 2005 93 out of 100 93
Mega Fun SNES Sep, 1995 86 out of 100 86
The Video Game Critic SNES Oct 17, 2003 B+ 83
Game Players SNES Aug, 1995 83 out of 100 83 SNES Jul 08, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SNES Sep 13, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Game Boy Jan, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Apr, 1996 2.75 out of 6 65


Topic # Posts Last Post
New Platform 4 Foxhack (12491)
Dec 10, 2009
Odds Of Killer Instinct Appearing On The Wii VC? 3 Guy Chapman (1746)
May 26, 2007


For the transition to the SNES, the only major item missing is the 3D animated cut-scenes. They are replaced here by stills of the animations for the VS. and winner screens.

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Contributed to by Kartanym (10785), Zovni (9384) and The cranky hermit (474)