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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 Atari ST Intro: Ready to kick some butt
The Killing Game Show Genesis This level is nearly impossible to complete even with all the cheats on!
The Killing Game Show Genesis This is as far as you will get without cheating :)
The Killing Game Show Genesis The intro plays in complete silence.

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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

Amiga User International Amiga Jan, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Amiga Format Amiga Dec, 1990 92 out of 100 92
ST Format Atari ST Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
The One Amiga Sep, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Dec, 1990 83 out of 100 83
Mean Machines Genesis Nov, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Games-X Atari ST Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1993 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Genesis Jan, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1990 72 out of 100 72


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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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