A 1-on-1 fighting game in which players choose from 10 different wrestlers and take to the ring to try and defeat their larger-than-life opponents. Each wrestler has an assortment of moves, including his own special 'super slam'. The object of the game is to win and defend the championship by pinning or putting a submission hold on your opponent.
There are 2 different game modes to select and play : Single Match or Tag Team 'Battle Royal'. In Single Match, players choose to be one of eight wrestlers including 'Mike Hagger', 'Alexander The Grater', 'El Stingray', 'King Rasta Mon', 'Titanic Tim', 'Gunloc', 'Biff Bolshevik' and 'The Great Oni' ('Jumbo Jack' and 'The Scorpion' cannot be selected in this game).
Once a wrestler has been selected, players will compete in a world-wide tournament against the other 9 wrestlers (including 'Jumbo Jack' and 'The Scorpion') in respective matches. In each match, players must defeat each of their respective opponents by a pinfall, count-out or submission in order to proceed to each of the following matches. Once all opponents are defeated, the winner will be crowned champion and players will have to face all opponents again to defend their title.
In Tag Team 'Battle Royal', players can choose to play as any 2 of the 10 wrestlers for their tag team, including 'Jumbo Jack' and 'The Scorpion'. Here, the player and his or her partner have to eliminate both of the 2 wrestlers on the opposing tag team, in order to win the match and proceed to the next. During these matches, if the player is eliminated before his or her partner is, the match will be declared no contest and it will be a draw.
During each bout in this game, metal buckets and/or glass bottles will sometimes be thrown into the ring which can be picked by the players' wrestler(s) and used as weapons against their opponents.
Runs on the "CP System" hardware.
B-Board #: 91634B-2
# of Players: Up to 4
Type of controls (per player): 8-way joystick
# of buttons (per player): 3
=>  Attack,  Jump,  Pin
Muscle Bomber was released in July 1993 in the Japanese arcades. It was known there as the 27th video game made for CP-S system. It is known outside Japan as "Saturday Night Slam Masters".
Hara Tetsuo, who designed the characters in the Muscle Bomber games, is a popular manga artist in Japan. He is famous for his work on 'Hokuto no Ken' (aka 'Fist of the North Star').
Some characters in the game are based on real life wrestlers. Such examples are the Great Oni, who is based on legendary Japanese wrestler the Great Muta, El Stingray, who is based on Mexican wrestler Lizmark, Alexander the Grater is based on former WCW and IWGP world champion Big Van Vader, and Jumbo Flapjack is based on the late Canadian wrestler Earthquake.
One of the wrestlers is Mike Haggar from the game Final Fight. Also, one of the wrestlers named Gunloc is related to Guile from Street Fighter II. Additionally his clone, named Biff, is a friend of Zangief from Street Fighter II.
King Rasta Mon was the original design for Street Fighter II character Blanka, but rejected later on in favor of the most 'beast-like' design.
Biff Slamkovich appears in the background of Ken's stage in "Street Fighter Alpha 2".
Default highscore table :
CHAMP 100000 CAP
1st 95000 COM
2nd 90000 C P
3rd 85000 SYS
4th 80000 TEM
5th 75000 TOM
Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Muscle Bomber - PCCB-00136) on September 17, 1993.