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Time Killers is a one-on-one versus beat-em-up with gameplay in a similar vein as Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter 2.

What is primarily different is that you can attack with all body parts - the head, both arms and both legs. A damage system allows arms to be hacked off, but fighters can keep going with only legs and the head. A special feature allows the characters to perform a decapitation manoeuver called a 'death move' (similar to Barbarian), at any time during a round, instantly killing an opponent, and subsequently ending the round. The game features cartoon-like over-the-top blood and gore violence.

There are eight selectable characters, and each one has unique weapons and attributes pertaining to the period in time they are from, e.g. Thugg is a caveman with a stone axe from 20,000 BC, Musashi is a samurai from Feudal Japan 1496, Orion is an intergalactic bounty hunter with an electro-sword from 2885 etc.

In the single player game, if you manage to defeat all standard opponents, you can face off against Death himself.


Time Killers Arcade Next Fight.
Time Killers Genesis The death moves are particularly gory as one can see.
Time Killers Genesis Sir Wulf schools Orion in the art of duelling.
Time Killers Genesis A super-death-blow. Note how the incisions are perfectly cauterized.

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Dec, 1993 21 out of 50 42
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Jan, 1994 14 out of 40 35
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 21, 2010 D- 16
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Genesis Dec 24, 2003 1 out of 10 10 Genesis Feb 21, 2008 1 out of 10 10


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Release history

Originally this game was supposed to be released back in 1993, but problems with getting a suitable rating because of the excessive violence caused it to be shelved even though some video game magazines had already rated it.
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