Super Smash Tv
Smash TV is making the rounds on all the home game systems. All the fast-moving graphics and action of the arcade classic have been faithfully reproduced in the Game Gear version. However, due to hardware limitations, Game Gear Smash TV doesn't play as well as its SNES and Genesis counterparts. Is this Smash TV worthy of prime time coverage? Stay tuned for full details!
Mo' Money! Mo' Action! Mo' Violence!
It's 1999 and the top form of entertainment is Smash TV - a combination game show and life-or-death slugfest. This one-player, side-scrolling game pits you as a contestant against three levels of unending waves of humanoid, mechanized, and inhuman opponents. Each level consists of a series of interconnected studio soundstages packed with obstacles, enemies, power-ups, and a bevy of cash and prizes. Be forewarned, the cheapskate sponsors are extremely reluctant to award your winnings. In order to cash in, you must first defeat three massive superstar opponents: Mutoid Man, Scarface, and Cobra Head. One waits at the end of each level.
Your basic weapon is a high-powered machine gun with unlimited ammo. Special weapons and upgrades sporadically pop up on the soundstages, such as rapid-fire grenade launchers, screenclearing bombs, protective orbs, multidirectional photon guns, missile launchers, force field rings, defensive discs, speed boosts, and 1-ups. Grab 'em and use 'em since they only appear for a few moments and they don't last much longer.
So Many Foes, So Little Firepower
The Smash TV arcade version's primary feature is battling the nonstop action with two independent, multi-directional, shoot-and-move joysticks. The SNES and the Genesis adequately duplicate these controls. The Game Gear's two lone buttons can't. You've got three different controls: fire in the same direction as you're moving, fire in the opposite direction, and lock your fire in one direction, Although very responsive, these controls are not as effective against the fast-paced action as those of the 16-bit versions.
Even on the small creen, the graphics are nicely rendered and well animated. They capture the intensity and the mayhem that is Smash TV The hip Smash TV soundtrack and an earful of digitized explosions, grunts, and groans flesh out the total gaming experience.
A Nielsen Winner
Despite the limited controls, Game Gear Smash TV is just as challenging as its predecessors. Lightning reflexes and razor sharp endurance are a must if you want to become the grand champion! However, if you expect game play on the Game Gear's Smash TV to match that of the arcade, the SNES, or the Genesis versions, you'll be frustrated. Regardless, this is a solid, entertaining, and challenging cart. Tune into Smash TV, then tune out!
- Aim for Mutoid Man's most vulnerable (and ugly) spot - his head!
- Top priority is to stay alive. Don't be greedy with power-ups.
- Prizes always appear in tight dusters near the middle of the screen.
- Mutoid Man's M.O. is to comer you and then run you over. To protect yourself, continue to move opposite the direction that he is moving.