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Fatal Rewind
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US/EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,900 EM20021
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] 709201
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[3] E183SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E183SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E183SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E183SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Fatal Rewind, known as The Killing Game Show (キリング・ゲームショー) in Japan (and on other systems) is a platform shoot-'em-up developed by Psygnosis and published by Electronic Arts for the Sega Mega Drive in 1991.

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.

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


Martyn R ChudleyMartyn R Chudley, Jim Bowers, Jeff Bramfitt , Pete LyonSound ImagesIan 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 , Keith Francart

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Magazine articles

Main article: Fatal Rewind/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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EGM US 027.pdfEGM US 027.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Gamers DE 1992-01.pdfGamers DE 1992-01.pdfGamers DE 1992-01.pdfGamers DE 1992-01.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Gamers (DE) #1/92: "Februar/März 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №51, p101[3]
84 №29, p72[1]
90 №27
78 №2, p42
79 №21, p180
85 №5, p91
79 №16, p87
83 №1, p77[5]
83 №14, p80-82[6]
76 №14, p82
71 №26, p34/35
87 №2, p52/53[7]
88 №18, p65
Sega Mega Drive
82
Based on
13 reviews

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
Mega Drive, JP
FatalRewind MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
TheKillingGameShow MD JP CartTop.jpg
FatalRewind MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
FatalRewind MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
FatalRewind MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

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. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 029.pdf, page 74
  2. File:GamePro US 027.pdf, page 80
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:ACE UK 51.pdf, page 101
  4. File:CVG UK 118.pdf, page 126
  5. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 77
  6. File:MeanMachines UK 14.pdf, page 80
  7. File:SegaPro UK 02.pdf, page 54