Psygnosis and Electronic Arts have joined forces to bring you the ultimate game show from hell -- The Killing Game Show. In front of a television audience you, the reluctant contestant, are forced to climb your way to the top of 12 Pits of Death. Awaiting you in these less-than-lovely pits are a host of Hostile Artificial Life Forms (HALFS) and Deadly to Organic Life Liquids (DOLLs), which slowly ooze upwards as you climb. Weapons and tools are at your disposal -- if you’re quick enough to find them. If you're really, really lucky you might even walk away with the ultimate grand prize -- your life!
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- Manufacturer: PSYGNOSIS
- Machine: Amiga, Atari ST
Psygnosis' The Killing Game Show stars a criminal as its main character. The unfortunate frail one chosen to play this futuristic TV game show has only one reward in mind...saving his life!
There are 16 pits of death awaiting, each one more difficult than the last. The object of the game is to find the correct route up and out of each pit. During play the gamer will be confronted with all sorts of deadly enemies. The show's hosts provide our hero with robotic body part replacements, including a metallic skin that is obviously more protective and allows the inexperienced contestant to survive for at least a little while.
Players are limited to a certain amount of time to escape a pit. The time limit is enforced by a fluid called DOLL (deadly to organic life liquid), which rapidly fills the hole. Naturally, contact with DOLL is deadly.
The Killing Game Show is actually a hybrid of the platform genre, with 16-bit graphics (including excellent parallax scrolling) to spruce up the basic run-jump-shoot action. Even though there initially seems to be little depth to the contest, it is brought off with such panache that it's totally addictive. One of the main reasons for this is that even after all lives are lost, a player can continue from the same level in which he met his demise. Another is the progression of difficulty, which is smooth and gradual, not in the least bit frustrating to a rookie.
The adventure aspects raise The Killing Game Show above simple platform games. To advance through solid walls, the player must find the correct key. Most of these are hidden in natural rock "caskets" that must be blasted open. Each key has a distinct shape and fits only the corresponding lock.
The two-disk set can access both drives, and the top-ten scores are saved to Disk B. If they had only provided for "password reentry", all would have been right with the world. As it stands, The Killing Game Show is not only a beautiful game, but it also measures well in the ultimate gamers' test: it is FUN!
Based on the computer game of the same name, Electronic Arts is now bringing out a Genesis version. Good action with better than average graphics.