Format reviewed: Amiga 500
Submitted by: Mike Wilcox
Smash TV was released into the arcades in 1990, and was a twin stick machine, very much like it's spiritual predecessor Robotron 2084. You played a contestant on the futuristic gameshow SMASH TV, and had to fight your way through a host of arenas, with blood thirsty thugs, baying for your blood (funny that), all in the name of cash and prizes (no brucey bonuses, though). At the end of the arenas, you had a main boss to fight against, that range from a man who's legs were tank tracks, to something that resembles Sinistar, all culminating in a final battle against the host himself. During the levels, said host would pop up in a screen in the corner (normally with two busty beauties), and spout memorable lines, especially 'Id buy that for a dollar!' from Robocop.
The home versions were released a year later, with the Amiga version being a nigh on perfect port of the arcade original, retaining everything that made the arcade version great, and even the same high graphical level. And, even though the original had twin sticks, the game makes a good transition to the Amiga's one stick….erm…..stick. But was it me, or was it much, much harder?? This is the one thing that bugs me about this version. You get two continues, but because the game is stupidly hard, you'll lose them way before the end of the first arena, with thugs over-running you before you've even known where the hell they're coming from. But, push that aside, and let the Running Man-influenced mega violence just wash you away, as the game is insanely enjoyable.
Format reviewed: Amstrad CPC
Submitted by: Ash H
Smash TV was converted from the arcades to just about every games platform around at the time. Some mags at the time thought the 8bit conversions were the best with what you could do with them.
TV gameshows have evolved and you are the next lucky contestant. There are big prizes on offer but it could cost you your life in getting them. Armed with a gun you enter the first of many rooms, each room will have a variety of humanoids, tanks, snakes and floating orbs intent of taking you out. It's kill or be killed. What do kills make?, prizes. As you progress you can pick up extra weapons to help in your battle. Prizes are left all over the place but it's a risk picking them up when the action is non-stop.
Each room more or less looks the same and as you reach the end of each stage you are faced with the end of level boss. These bad boys don't go down easy and lives will disappear quickly. Grenades, scatter gun and shields come in handy here. If you destroy them you have a limited time to pick up a host of prizes. You may survive to the end where you face the boss, the gameshow host, he's as bad as they come.
Ocean and Probe done a fantastic job getting this to run so well on the cpc. It's colourful, fast, very playable with some good sound effects. It's only a one player game on our machine and is also alot of loading to do. When you are playing this don't forget to smile, you are on tv.