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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.


Smash T.V. ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Smash T.V. SNES Destroyed him
Smash T.V. Commodore 64 Oh boy, keys!
Smash T.V. ZX Spectrum Lots of men with clubs attack you!

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 (290)
A great conversion of a great arcade game Amiga Martin Smith (63001)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Aug, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES May, 1992 92 out of 100 92
Game Freaks 365 NES 2005 9.1 out of 10 91
1UP! SNES Oct 07, 2005 89 out of 100 89
X-Power Xbox 360 Dec 28, 2005 8 out of 10 80
411mania.com Xbox 360 Apr 17, 2007 7.2 out of 10 72
Video Games Genesis Nov, 1992 66 out of 100 66
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Jul, 1991 21 out of 40 52
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1992 1 out of 12 8


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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.


  • 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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