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Smash T.V.

User Reviews

One of the goriest games I've seen. SNES powerstone05 (281)
A great conversion of a great arcade game Amiga Martin Smith (63162)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 8 3.7
Amstrad CPC 5 3.6
Arcade 3 3.9
Atari ST 6 4.1
Commodore 64 6 3.6
Game Gear 7 2.8
Genesis 9 3.4
NES 8 3.7
SEGA Master System 6 2.8
SNES 24 4.0
Xbox 360 6 4.0
ZX Spectrum 6 3.5
Combined MobyScore 94 3.6


The Press Says

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92
SNESComputer and Video Games (CVG)
The NES was the best game of it's type on that machine, and Acclaim have done it again on the Super Nintendo to provide the most awesome home arcade blaster yet seen. If you own a Super Nintendo and you like your action fast and furious, you'd have to be a dribbling loony to pass up Smash TV. Buy this cart and tell all your jealous mates you've got the arcade machine in your bedroom, because that's basically what this is. Buy it!
91
NESGame Freaks 365
Smash TV is one of the best shooting-style games on the NES. It has a lot of variety and it's easily one of the most, if not the most successful port of the arcade version considering all the factors. The two-controller option is highly original, the pace is fast and fun, it's just an all-around great title that I strongly recommend to any NES fans out there. Heck, if you're not even familiar with the original Smash TV, this is one I'd suggest you start with. When you compare it to something even closer to the arcades, like the SNES version, you'll be amazed what they were able to do here.
91
SNESN-Force
If it's non-stop shoot-'em-up action with a hint of tacky game show you're after (you weirdo!) this is the cart for you!
91
NESComputer and Video Games (CVG)
The sheer number of enemies on screen at one time is just jaw-dropping, and the frenetic gameplay just keeps you coming back for more. OK, the graphics and sound aren't exactly great, but who gives a toss about that when the gameplay's as good as this! Top stuff and highly recommended!
90
SNESN-Force
If you and a mate fancy charging around with machine guns, collecting star prizes, this is one to think about raiding the piggy bank for.
90
AmigaComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Well, it's hats off to the boys at Ocean, this game is a little corker. It retains all the features of the original arcade machine, including the double joystick option. The graphics are fine, with no slow down and the Amiga version retains most of the sampled speech and commentary. Musically, Smash TV is a bit of a dead loss, but who needs tunes when you have this many explosions? All in all, this is a blastfest of incredible proportions. Total carnage...I love it!
90
Commodore 6464'er
Technisch gesehen ist das Spiel eine Augenweide: Der Sprite-Multiplexer ist perfekt programmiert, Musik bzw. Soundeffekte sind vom Feinsten und auch in bezug auf die animierten Sprites wurde an nichts gespart. Auch spielerisch tut sich einiges: Wenn der Spieler erst einige Extrawaffen erkämpft hat, gegen die sogar die Bonuswaffen aus Turrican oder IO aussehen wie Zuckerstangen, geht’s so richtig los. Ein reinrassiges Actionballerspiel, das ganz ohne Scrolling auskommt, und den Actionfan mit Sicherheit überzeugt.
90
NESMean Machines
Smash TV is a real laugh in the arcades and this Nintendo conversion is simply fantastic. Of course, the graphics and sound aren't half as stunning as the original Williams coin-op, but what it has got is the sheer excitement factor that the arcade machine delivered. The enclosed screen is very claustrophobic, making the urge to blast the sheer amount of enemy sprites on-screen even stronger. Making the action even more exciting are the superb weapons, blowing up legions of marauding sprites with a scatter grenade launcher has never been so much fun! With all of the different options and the two-player mode, Smash TV is simply a superlative purchase for any NES owner that enjoys shooting everywhere.
90
Atari STST Action
Violence has never been so much fun. Who needs a reason? Just plug in a joystick and a murdering we go.
90
Xbox 360Digital Press - Classic Video Games
A perfect example of how right many classic arcade games are, Smash TV is a great accompaniment to any big budget next gen game on the 360. Its arcade roots make it a perfect addition to Xbox Live, and this flawless port only make it an easier purchase. This is a classic on nearly every console that featured a port, and this no exception.
90
SNESDigital Press - Classic Video Games
Eventually, you'll get the hang of the controls, with the lure of easy money, fantastic sound effects, and fast-moving (does that mean no slowdown? Yes!) enemies homing in on your contestant. I'm pretty sure all of the elements from the arcade version are here, although I've yet to meet "The Host with the Most" in the arcade version. Arcade fans will not be disappointed, although a joystick would help immensely!
89
SNES1UP!
Super Smash TV aussi cru soit-il est presque une raison d'exister pour les jeux vidéo, aucun autre média ou forme d'art n'aurait pu produire un résultat pareil sans être rejeté comme un vulgaire déchet; ce n'est rien d'autre qu'un massacre ininterrompu, où votre personnage détruit des dizaines de milliers d'adversaires pendant des heures. En film ou en livre, ce serait une boucherie ignoble et ridicule, en jeu vidéo, c'est incroyablement satisfaisant. On s'amuse comme un petit fou, et plus encore avec un ami, sans penser aux implications de ce que l'on fait, évidemment, puisqu'il n'y en a aucune. Super Smash TV n'est rien qu'un jeu vidéo, un très bon moment de détente sans être un chef d'oeuvre, mais il est unique, sous quelque forme que ce soit.
86
ZX SpectrumSinclair User
Smash TV, the coin-op, is notorious blood n' guts attitude to the shoot 'em up theme. This conversion is as good as can be expected and, although slightly frustrating at times, fits the bill very nicely.
83
Commodore 64Commodore Force
A 21st Century version of The Price is Right, Smash TV sees you blowing away thugs en masse for prizes. It's merry, harmless fun, that no slightly unbalanced psychotic should find him/herself without.
80
Xbox 360X-Power
Kortom: de hoge herspeelbaarheid en de vaak intense vuurgevechten komen Smash TV na al deze jaren nog steeds ten goede, zeker als je het paart met het goedkope aankooptarief. De graphics zijn wel reeds aardig verouderd, en hoewel de catchy soundtrack en destijds aardige soundeffects nog steeds een eigen charmerende atmosfeer dragen, was een grafische update op z’n Geometry Wars welkom geweest. Door de simpliciteit van het concept kent Smash TV een verslavend pick up ’n play-gehalte, waardoor je jezelf vaak betrapt bij het spelen van één extra sessie. Heb je tevens geen problemen met de ouderdom en de moeilijkheidsgraad van het spel, dan is Smash TV zonder twijfel een aanrader!
80
NESNintendo Power Magazine
The lure of big money prizes is enough to get most contestants to risk their lives in Smash T.V., but wait, there's more! With the home version of Smash T.V. you can double your excitement and fun by using two controllers simultaneously! One controls your movement, the other your weaponry. Any pair of controllers will work! So if you have a pair of NES Advantages, for example, you can simulate the arcade feel (just make sure you tape down the two controllers so they don't slip around and don't forget to rotate your Advantages 90 degrees clockwise). With a NES Satellite or NES Four Score, two players can play with two controllers each.
79
Xbox 360GameSpot
It's a great time to be a fan of dual-joystick, Robotron-style action games. The release of the Xbox 360, with built-in support for downloadable games via Xbox Live Arcade, has opened up a world of opportunity for all sorts of games that might not fly in a $50 retail package but are great pickups for $5 or $10. And it just so happens that there are already three games on the service that deliver that Robotron-style action. The latest, Smash TV, is a sort of spiritual successor to Robotron: 2084, which Midway originally released in arcades back in 1990. Smash TV took the "left stick moves, right stick shoots" concept to the far-flung future of 1999, where game shows have become violent competitions where the winner gets fabulous prizes...and the loser dies. So, yeah, it's Robotron meets The Running Man, and with its Xbox Live support for cooperative play and scoreboards, it has probably never been better.
78
SNESPower Play
Zum schnellen Abreagieren ist die erstklassige Super-NES-Fassung des Automatenhits Smash TV genau das richtige. Mir mangelt es allerdings langfristig an Abwechslung: Sicherlich kommt in jeder neuen Arena eine weitere Gegnersorte hinzu; der einzige Unterschied zum Vorgänger besteht aber lediglich darin, daß das Wesen mehr Treffer verträgt. Etwas witziger sind dagegen die Obermotze. Riesige Sprites, die nur mit der richtigen Taktik klein beigeben, rollen durch die Arena. Aprospos Technik: Trotz Unmengen von Sprites wird das rasante Spielgeschehen nicht eine Sekunde langsamer. Für zerstörungswütige Actionfans ein Mordsspaß.
74
Atari STST Format
If you've played the coin-op you know what a frantic noisy experience that is. Smash TV almost captures this on the ST, but can’t quite bridge that gap between a competent conversion and a top-notch red-hot arcade game that calls you back time and time again. In other words, Smash TV misses the star prize but just about manages the cutlery set.
73
Xbox 360Lawrence
The closest thing to a game adaptation of Schwarzenegger's classic The Running Man that you'll ever play. Smash TV puts you in the middle of a chaotic and violent game show that throws hundreds of enemies at you from every direction. Single-player is worth at least one playthrough, but any replay value will come from co-op.
73
Xbox 360XBox Evolved
I have played Smash TV several times before in the arcade and Midway’s compilation packs, and one thing that always had me about the title is that it is a lot like the movie The Running Man where Arnold Schwarzenegger has to run through all these obstacles and kill people for the pleasure of television viewers. This one uses the simple controls of the left stick controls your person and the right shoots. You run over upgrades and you get grenade launchers and guns that spray fire in three different directions. You also run over cash and prizes the get your score up even better. What makes this the best version of the game yet though is the fact that you can play online through co-op and see your score on Xbox Live scoreboard.
72
SNESJust Games Retro
This one's pretty open-and-shut. If you enjoyed Smash T.V. in the arcades, then this was the king of the 90s home ports. It's the best choice if you have no way to play the original. If you simply like the sound of the idea, then it's probably not worth tracking down. Every room is essentially the same, every level is essentially the same, every moment - while sometimes chaotic and fun - is essentially the same. Gets old too quick for a serious investment of time or money.
70
SNESJeuxvideo.com
Super Smash TV, sans être un chef-d'œuvre, propose une expérience de jeu unique et bourrine dont le rythme effréné nous fait rapidement oublier son faible contenu et sa répétitivité. Nerveux et exigeant, il fait partie des meilleurs jeux d'arcade de la Super Nintendo et reste un excellent défouloir qui en 20 ans d'existence n'a pas pris une ride (exception faite des bimbos et du présentateur). Que vous soyez un joueur acharné ou occasionnel, vous devriez trouver votre bonheur avec ce titre, pour peu que vous laissiez parler vos réflexes et mettiez vos neurones de côté le temps d'une partie !
70
GenesisSega-16.com
Overall, I like Super Smash T.V. If you like it as I did, then you probably still play it once in a while, and that's something that gives this game a longer shelf life than most arcade ports of the era. This one also comes dirt cheap, so if you're interested to shooting a Sunday away, then buy it. I know I'D BUY THAT FOR A DOLLAR!
70
NESDigital Press - Classic Video Games
All in all, Smash TV. is a lot of fun to play and Acclaim deserves a great deal of credit for being faithful to the arcade version of the game. The NES version is so much like the arcade that gamers can opt to use two controllers - one to move and one to fire with - just like in the arcade. One hint before you play: remember your opponent's strength is in sheer numbers. Give Smash TV. a try, you won't be disappointed.
70
Xbox 360GotNext
Every work of genius needs an underachieving clone, and in the case of Robotron it's, Smash TV. While not really a bad game, it just doesn't manage to reach the heights of its predecessor, mostly because of one small change to the gameplay.
68
Atari STAtari ST User
It's a laugh for a while, but all the screens are alike, and the gameplay becomes monotonous quite soon.
65
Commodore 64Power Play
Leider kommt das T.V.-Feeling in den wenig abwechslungsreichen Computer-Adaptionen nicht so gut rüber wie beim Automaten, bei dem man von oben - eben wie in eine Arena - auf den riesigen Bildschirm herabguckt. Obwohl auf dem Monitor einiges los ist (Anwärter auf den "Die-meisten-Sprites-auf-dem-Bildschirm"-Award), geht der Spielspaß relativ schnell flöten. Mit zunehmender Hektik, Schwierigkeit und Geschwindigkeit der Gegner verliert man die Lust am Abschlachten der amoklaufenden Baseball-Spieler. Grafisch ist ebenfalls nichts anspruchsvolles zu finden. Erstaunlicherweise wird Smash T.V. leicht mit den riesigen Sprite-Massen fertig: kein Ruckeln, minimaler Geschwindigkeitsverlust. Die beiden Versionen unterscheiden sich hauptsächlich in puncto Schwierigkeit; auf dem 64er kämpft man sich wesentlich leichter bis zur Bonusarena vor. Wer auf eine moderne Variante des Klassikers "Robotron 2084" steht, der darf sich bei Smash T.V. zuschalten.
63
AmigaPower Play
Die Amiga-Version des Fernsehquizmassakers macht im Vergleich zu den ST- und C-64-Versionen am meisten Spaß. Nichts geändert hat sich an der reizvollen Zwei-Joystick-Steuerung, den popligen Soundeffekten und der fehlenden Hintergrundmusik.
63
Atari STPower Play
Leider kommt das T.V.-Feeling in den wenig abwechslungsreichen Computer-Adaptionen nicht so gut rüber wie beim Automaten, bei dem man von oben - eben wie in eine Arena - auf den riesigen Bildschirm herabguckt. Obwohl auf dem Monitor einiges los ist (Anwärter auf den "Die-meisten-Sprites-auf-dem-Bildschirm"-Award), geht der Spielspaß relativ schnell flöten. Mit zunehmender Hektik, Schwierigkeit und Geschwindigkeit der Gegner verliert man die Lust am Abschlachten der amoklaufenden Baseball-Spieler. Grafisch ist ebenfalls nichts anspruchsvolles zu finden. Erstaunlicherweise wird Smash T.V. leicht mit den riesigen Sprite-Massen fertig: kein Ruckeln, minimaler Geschwindigkeitsverlust. Die beiden Versionen unterscheiden sich hauptsächlich in puncto Schwierigkeit; auf dem 64er kämpft man sich wesentlich leichter bis zur Bonusarena vor. Wer auf eine moderne Variante des Klassikers "Robotron 2084" steht, der darf sich bei Smash T.V. zuschalten.
60
NESAll Game Guide
Since Robotron, Berserk, and Frenzy were never released for the NES, you might want to give this game a shot. It's kind of fun if you can look past its weaknesses. Incidentally, Super Smash TV, a near-perfect translation of Smash TV, was released less than two years later for the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis.
59
AmigaAmiga Joker
Das kommt optisch recht nett rüber und wird auch akustisch ansprechend mit knalligen FX und viel Zuschauergejohle untermalt. Aber steuern läßt sich dieses Chaos leider nicht so toll, weshalb die acht (!) Leben meist schnell verheizt sind. Daher sollten sich nur Experten an dieser Show beteiligen - am besten zu zweit, da sind die Überlebenschancen etwas höher.
58
NESThe Video Game Critic
This is a fun game to play for high score, but frequent bonus lives tend to extend the length of the game. And if your hand doesn't get numb from the non-stop carnage, your brain just might.
40
Xbox 360Video Game Talk
Smash TV is a faithful reproduction of the arcade classic that is sure to tickle the fancy of fans of the title. However, that being said chances are high that you already own this on the Collection that was put out for all consoles last generation, so unless you got rid of the game is there a reason to get it again? Well, not really unless you really want to play the game on Live and compare your scores to people around the world. Whether or not you want to spend the 400 points to upgrade to an online enabled version really should be up to you, but my recommendation is to skip it.
35
SEGA Master SystemDefunct Games
Smash TV on the Master System is completely unnecessary. You know it's going to be bad just from the system's lack of buttons, so why even bother spending time with this game? These days you can find accurate versions of Smash TV on a number of game systems; by all means go and buy one of those before even looking at this Master System port. The writing is on the walls, Smash TV is not meant for 8-bit consoles!
25
GenesisThe Video Game Critic
The graphics are pretty good, and look similar to the arcade version. The quality of the voice samples is pretty lousy though - the announcer sounds raspy. The main problem with Smash TV is that it's meant to be played with two joysticks, not one control pad. Actually, the game DOES allow you to use two control pads in the one-player mode, but it's far too awkward. You can tweak the controls to determine if the shots should be fired away from where you're running, toward where you're running, or in a locked position. It's all just a big kludge though, because none of the settings really capture the feel of the arcade game. Unfortunately, without good control, this game isn't much fun.
8
Atari STASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Wenn es nicht schon eine Game-Show ähnlichen Titels geben würde,wäre „Hopp oder Flop?“ viel treffender als SMASH T.V. - das Spiel dürfte nämlich, wenn ich mich nicht sehr täusche, der nächste Kandidat für ein gewisses Gremium werden. Diesem wünsche ich bereits jetzt „gute Unterhaltung“...
8
Commodore 64ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Wenn es nicht schon eine Game-Show ähnlichen Titels geben würde,wäre „Hopp oder Flop?“ viel treffender als SMASH T.V. - das Spiel dürfte nämlich, wenn ich mich nicht sehr täusche, der nächste Kandidat für ein gewisses Gremium werden. Diesem wünsche ich bereits jetzt „gute Unterhaltung“...