Smash T.V.

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Description

The year is 1999. The world's most popular television show is Smash T.V., an ultra-violent contest between two armed-to-the-teeth combatants, set loose in a series of deadly arenas that are filled to bursting with hordes of mindless beasts and killer robots. The aim of the game is to blast everything in sight and try to grab more cash and prizes than the other guy. Toaster ovens, VCRs, fancy cars and luxury holidays are there for the taking... for anyone who can survive long enough to enjoy them.

Smash T.V. is an insane shoot-em-up from the brain of Eugene Jarvis, creator of Robotron: 2084. It retains that game's frantic style of play and two-joystick control method, but adds plenty of gore, violence, a hint of satire and that all-important two player mode.

Screenshots

Smash T.V. Atari ST The rotating force field thing will protect me
Smash T.V. Atari ST I'm cornered
Smash T.V. Amstrad CPC Tanks Galore!
Smash T.V. Commodore 64 Contestant entering the arena

Alternate Titles

  • "スマッシュTV" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Super Smash T.V." -- SNES/Genesis/Game Gear title
  • "Smash TV" -- Alternate spelling

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User Reviews

One of the goriest games I've seen. SNES powerstone05 (281)
A great conversion of a great arcade game Amiga Martin Smith (63058)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Aug, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Feb, 1993 95 out of 100 95
Game Freaks 365 NES 2005 9.1 out of 10 91
N-Force SNES Jun, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Sep 27, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1992 65 out of 100 65
The Video Game Critic NES Dec 26, 2010 C+ 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1992 1 out of 12 8
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1992 1 out of 12 8

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Smash TV appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

BPjS/BPjM index

On June 30, 1992, Smash T.V. was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • January 1992 (Issue 16) - Cf's all time Top Ten Essential Mega Games
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Shoot-'em-ups
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #33 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
    • October 1995 (Issue 61) – The Top Ten C64 Games of all Time

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