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Fatal Rewind
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US, EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP)
Developer:
Original system(s): Commodore Amiga
Sound driver: Sound Images v1.0
Genre: Shooting[1], Action[2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,9008,900 EM20021
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9549.95[4][5] 709201
Sega Mega Drive
EU
E183SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[8][7] E183SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR

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Fatal Rewind, known in Japan as The Killing Game Show (キリング・ゲームショー) is a Sega Mega Drive action platform game developed by Raising Hell Software. A port of the developer's 1990 Commodore Amiga title The Killing Game Show, the game was first published in the United States by Electronic Arts in October 1991, was brought to Europe by the same publisher the following month, and was eventually localized and published in Japan by Electronic Arts Victor in August 1993.

Gameplay

You have to clear mazes with puzzle sections while fighting off enemies. All stages have a time limit, which is enforced by a constantly rising liquid that destroys the player on contact. After losing a life, the game replays your gameplay. You can interrupt this by pushing any button except A, and continue from the current position in the replay, C jumps, tapping B fires while holding down B is for using items, A is for fast forwarding during a replay.

The game features a score system and adds points based on playtime (similar to games such as Space Harrier), but the counter can be cheated due to infinitely respawning enemies and deliberately drawing out stages as long as possible.

Versions

  • The Amiga original featured 8 worlds with two stages each. This has been cut down to 6 worlds with 2 stages each. As the cut worlds didn't feature anything that wouldn't have been possible on the Sega Mega Drive hardware, ROM size restrictions or the publisher not investing into bigger ROMs are possible reasons.
  • Liquids are reflective in the Amiga original. The effect was not, perhaps could not be, reproduced for this port.
  • The map function from the Amiga version is missing.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Fatal Rewind Fatal Rewind
English (US) Fatal Rewind Fatal Rewind
Japanese キリング・ゲームショー The Killing Game Show

Production credits

  • Programming and Design: Martyn R Chudley
  • Artwork: Martyn R Chudley, Jim Bowers, Jeff Bramfitt and Pete Lyon
  • Music and FX: Sound Images
  • Special Thanks to: Ian Hetherington, John White, Steve Riding, Nick Burcombe, Chris Stanley, Chris Wylie, Mike Waterworth, Garvan Corbett, Paul Frewin, Dave Worral, Sharon, Lorraine, Chris, Rob, Wayne Smithson and Keith Francart


Magazine articles

Main article: Fatal Rewind/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Gamers (DE) #1992-01: "Februar/März 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[9]
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU) NTSC-J
50
[10]
ACE (UK)
75
[8]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
50
[11]
Console XS (UK) PAL
88
[12]
Cool Gamer (RU)
30
[13]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
78
[14]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
55
[15]
Game Mania (UK)
85
[16]
Game Power (IT)
84
[17]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
84
[4]
Games-X (UK)
90
[18]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
78
[7]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[19]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
70
[20]
Joypad (FR) PAL
76
[21]
Joystick (FR)
79
[22]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
85
[23]
Mega (UK) PAL
79
[24]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
75
[25]
MegaTech (UK)
83
[26]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
78
[27]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
83
[28]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
83
[29]
Player One (FR)
76
[30]
Power Play (DE)
73
[31]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
71
[32]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
87
[33]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
88
[34]
Svet Kompjutera (YU)
69
[35]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
56
[36]
Supergame (BR)
86
[37]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
60
[38]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
70
[5]
Video Games (DE)
75
[39]
Sega Mega Drive
73
Based on
35 reviews

Fatal Rewind

Mega Drive, JP
FatalRewind MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
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FatalRewind MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, US
FatalRewind MD US Box.jpg
Cover
FatalRewind MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Fatal Rewind MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Fatal Rewind MD US Poster.pdf
Poster
Mega Drive, EU
FatalRewind MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
FatalRewind MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Fatal Rewind MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AU
FatalRewind MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
FatalRewind MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
FatalRewind MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e91aed05
MD5 ea45e8065ff64c4e5e41ce933828c854
SHA-1 02634d919ec7d08f3c6833f229b5127dd52c9e8a
512kB 1991-09 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 21dbb69d
MD5 348975e11a187025556b8d18194e502a
SHA-1 cabd42d2edd333871269a7bc03a68f6765d254ce
512kB 1991-09 Prototype?
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b8e7668a
MD5 c2aaf9fe67d8b70108b01af37e55b05a
SHA-1 47cdd668998139c92305e1b5abf7e196901490d6
1MB 1993 Cartridge (JP)

References

  1. File:FatalRewind MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  3. GamePro, "October 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 80
  4. 4.0 4.1 GamePro, "December 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 74
  5. 5.0 5.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "December 1991" (US; 1991-1x-xx), page 72
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sega Power, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-10-30), page 11
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Game Zone, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-22), page 42
  8. 8.0 8.1 ACE, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-08), page 101
  9. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 79
  10. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 156
  11. Beep! MegaDrive, "September 1993" (JP; 1993-08-07), page 22
  12. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 129
  13. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 84
  14. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 45
  15. Famitsu, "1993-08-20,27" (JP; 1993-08-06), page 1
  16. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
  17. Game Power, "Marzo 1992" (IT; 1992-0x-xx), page 60
  18. Games-X, "24th-30th October 1991" (UK; 1991-10-24), page 34
  19. Hippon Super, "September 1993" (JP; 1993-08-03), page 49
  20. Hobby Consolas, "Abril 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 156
  21. Joypad, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-11-19), page 84
  22. Joystick, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 180
  23. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 91
  24. Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 87
  25. Mega Force, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-11-19), page 76
  26. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 77
  27. Micromanía (segunda época), "Febrero 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 30
  28. Mean Machines, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-29), page 80
  29. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
  30. Player One, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 82
  31. Power Play, "1/92" (DE; 1991-12-11), page 183
  32. Sega Power, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-05), page 34
  33. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 54
  34. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
  35. Svet Kompjutera, "Jul-Avgust 1996" (YU; 1996-xx-xx), page 86
  36. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  37. Supergame, "Agosto 1992" (BR; 1992-08-xx), page 34
  38. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 71
  39. Video Games, "4/91" (DE; 1991-12-06), page 28


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