In the far flung future of 1999
"Big money! Big prizes! I love it!"
, violence is the biggest draw in entertainment. The game show
has become the dominant force in television. The most spectacular, gruesome, and rewarding show, topping the ratings, is Smash T.V.
. Contestants are armed and sent into a closed arena, where they fight for cash, glory, and unforgettable prizes including (but not limited to) brand new toasters, more 2600" televisions
than you ever thought possible, and a year's supply of good meat
.You are the next lucky contestant!
Yep, that's the plot in a nutshell. The game is basically a graphical update of designer Eugene Jarvis
' earlier Robotron 2084
, while also borrowing heavily from The Running Man
(it can be considered a Spiritual Successor
From The Running Man
, it borrows the Deadly Game
and Blood Sport
aspects, and the quite phenomenal volumes of carnage. From Robotron
, it takes the Mooks
, Shoot 'em Up
styling, two-joystick control scheme, and - most memorably - the Nintendo Hard
-ness. Co-op play makes life a bit easier, but not much.
Originally released to arcades in 1990, it turned up on several home computer systems and consoles before making the jump to X Box Live Arcade
- the first version that allowed co-op online play.