Smash T.V.

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The [Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game by Williams Electronics Games, Inc. [Chicago, IL, USA]

 
DESCRIPTION
[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Smash T.V. © 1990 Williams Electronics Games, Incorporated.


The year is 1999. Television has adapted to the more violent nature of man. The most popular form of television remains the game show. One show in particular has dominated the ratings. That show is SMASH TV. The most violent game show of all time. Two lucky contestants compete for cash and prizes. Each contestant is armed with an assortment of powerful weapons and sent into a closed arena. The action takes place in front of a studio audience and is broadcast live via satellite around the world. Be prepared. The future is now. You are the next lucky contestant!

Smash TV Game Rules:
1. Move with LEFT joystick to avoid enemies and gather prizes (cash and game show gifts).
2. Fire weapons with RIGHT joystick and collect power-up icons for increased firepower.
3. Advance to next game arena when enemies are gone.
TECHNICAL
PICTURE :
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Smash T.V. machine
Click to enlarge (members only)
The first series of cabinet was released with 19-inch monitors while the more common second series was fitted with 25-inch monitors.

Williams Y Unit hardware
Game No. 3044-U1

Main CPU : TMS34010
Sound CPU : Motorola M6809
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151, DAC), HC55516

Players : 2
Control : Double 8-way joysticks
TRIVIA
Smash T.V. was released in April 1990.

A superb sequel to 1982's legendary single screen shoot-em-up, "Robotron: 2084". The Classic Robotron game-play is enhanced further with the addition of power-ups and imaginative and challenging end-of-level bosses. The two-player game introduced a very high level of competitiveness as both players try to beat each other to the power-ups, prizes and keys.

The game seems to be based, at least in part, on the sci-fi action movie, 'The Running Man', starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. This movie itself was based on a book of the same name by Stephen King (under the pseudonym 'Richard Bachman').

One of Smash TV's more memorable elements was the game show host; at random intervals, a garishly suited, grinning host would pop up and enthusiastically announce such memorable sound-bites as, 'Total carnage! I love it!', 'I'll buy that for a dollar!' (taken from the 1987 movie Robocop), 'I love it!', 'Big money! Big prizes! I love it!'.

A Smash T.V. sequel was planned, but the project never got past the planning stage and nothing more was heard of it. While Smash TV has yet to see a fully-fledged sequel, it WAS followed by a semi-sequel in the form of 'Total Carnage'; a military-themed scrolling shoot-em-up which was housed in a cabinet very similar to that of Smash T.V.s and shared the same dual joystick controls. Upon completion of Total Carnage's incredibly difficult first level, a message screen appeared stating that "all Smash T.V. players should quit and flee from this machine" before Total Carnage's already high difficulty level increased further. A solid follow-up to an already challenging game.

On the 2005 video game "Grand Theft Auto - Liberty City Stories", there is a side-mission called 'Slash TV', which parodies this game, where the player's character is surrounded by enemies, and is awarded cash for eliminating waves of them. The camera angle changes from the game's traditional third-person to a slightly angled overhead view so it looks like the original.
UPDATES
Revision 1 :
Software version 3.01.

Revision 2 :
Software version 4.00.

Revision 3 :
Software version 5.00.
Added the 'Reset secret warp' (see 'Tips And Tricks' section for more info).
Reduced difficulty (Factory setting : 3 (easy) instead of 5 (medium)).

Revision 4 :
Software version 6.00.

Revision 5 :
Software version 8.00.
Added the famous 'Pleasure Dome'.
Changed some 'in-game texts'.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Secret Warp (Works on 5.00 and Up) : when you start a game of Smash T.V. on the first level, reset the machine, it'll take you to the 'Secret Warp 3' and take you to the third boss stages.

Difficulty : the game is known to adjust its difficulty by the daily high score list. If the high scores are too high, making the game too hard, just reset the machine :).

Don't try to conserve ammo. Your shots should be efficient and kill as much as possible, and you won't have time to think about conserving shots (especially in the latter stages). The pattern of moves you should follow at the end of each board to reach the easiest boards is :
Level 1 : right, up; and then you have no choices.
Level 2 : up, right; and then again, no choices.
Level 3 : right, right, down; and then you have no choices.

When playing with 2 people, if one player finishes the level near an exit, the other will 'walk through the wall' to the next room. Can be useful on some levels.
PORTS

Consoles:


Nintendo NES usa (September 1991) "Smash T.V. [Model NES-5V-USA]"
Nintendo NES europe (1991)
Sega Genesis usa (1992) "Super Smash T.V."
Sega Mega Drive europe (1992) "Super Smash T.V."
Sega Master System europe (1992) "Smash T.V. [Model MK-27044-50]"
Nintendo SNES usa (February 1992) "Super Smash T.V. [Model SNS-TV-USA]"
Nintendo Super Famicom japan (March 27, 1992) "Smash T.V. [Model SHVC-TV]"
Nintendo SNES europe (February 18, 1993) "Super Smash T.V. [Model SNSP-TV-EUR]"
Sony PlayStation usa (September 30, 1999) "Arcade Party Pak [Model SLUS-00952]"
Sony PlayStation europe (February 23, 2001) "Arcade Party Pak [Model SLES-02339]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (November 18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLUS-20801]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (November 24, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
Nintendo GameCube usa (December 18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model DOL-GAKE-USA]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (February 6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (February 6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLES-51927]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] usa (November 24, 2005) [Retired in 2010]
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] europe (December 2, 2005) [Retired in 2010]
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] japan (December 19, 2005) [Retired in 2010]
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] korea (February 24, 2006) [Retired in 2010]
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] [AU] (March 23, 2006) [Retired in 2010]
Microsoft XBOX 360 usa (November 6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 usa (November 6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLUS-31083]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 europe (November 15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 europe (November 15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLES-01768]"

Handhelds:


Sega Game Gear europe (1992) "Super Smash T.V."
Sega Game Gear usa (1994) "Super Smash T.V."
Sega Game Gear japan (July 29, 1994) "Smash T.V. [Model T-81057]"

Computers:


Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1991)
Commodore C64 usa europe (1991)
Amstrad CPC europe (1991)
Commodore Amiga usa europe (1991)
Atari ST europe (1991)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (August 27, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (November 23, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"

Others:


LCD handheld game usa (1991) by Acclaim
SOURCES
Game's ROM.
Game's picture.

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