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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.


The Killing Game Show Amiga Killed by a skeleton (pirate?) with a machine gun.
The Killing Game Show Amiga Firing
The Killing Game Show Genesis Oh, and did I mention the Jap version had the FMV intro?
The Killing Game Show Atari ST Intro: The protagonist, dormant (redux)

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

The One for ST Games Atari ST May, 1991 89 out of 100 89
The One Amiga Sep, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Amiga Action Amiga Jan, 1991 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST May, 1991 9.2 out of 12 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Oct, 1990 9.2 out of 12 77
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1993 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1990 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1990 71 out of 100 71 Genesis Sep 18, 2006 6 out of 10 60


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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.


  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #59 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #40 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

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