Fatal Rewind

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Fatal Rewind
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US/EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP)
Sound driver: Sound Images v1.0
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,9008,900 EM20021
Sega Mega Drive
$49.9549.95[5] 709201
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive

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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.


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.


  • 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

EGM US 027.pdfEGM US 027.pdf

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
80 [3]
50 [6]
56 [7]
55 №245, p38
85 [8]
84 [9]
90 №27
78 №2, p42
60 №1993-09, p49
79 [10]
85 №5, p91
79 [11]
83 [12]
83 [13]
76 [14]
71 [15]
87 [16]
88 №18, p65
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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FatalRewind MD US Cart.jpg
Fatal Rewind MD US Manual.pdf
Fatal Rewind MD US Poster.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
FatalRewind MD EU Box.jpg
FatalRewind MD US Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
FatalRewind MD JP Box.jpg
TheKillingGameShow MD JP CartTop.jpg
FatalRewind MD JP Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, BR
FatalRewind MD BR Box.jpg
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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)