timekill Time Killers (v1.32)

Immagine gioco: Time Killers (v1.32)
Available images:

Romset name: timekill.zip
Production year: 1992
Manufacturer: Strata/Incredible Technologies

Game genre: Fighter
Category: Fighter / Versus

This machine has the following clones:
 • Time Killers (v1.21)
 • Time Killers (v1.31)

This machine works in MAME This machine works in MAME

Overall emulation: Good
Color emulation: Good
Sound emulation: Good
Graphics emulation: Good
Save states: Supported

In MAME since version: .037b11

The MAME driver of this machine is: itech32.cpp - Read the code

 Tech info 
 Hardware of this machine:
  • CHIPs [Show details]

    M68000 ("maincpu")cpu 12000000 Hz
    M6809 ("soundcpu")cpu 2000000 Hz
    Speaker ("mono")audio
    ES5506 ("ensoniq")audio 16000000 Hz

  • Screens [Show details]

    This machine uses a single screen:
      Graphic type: Raster
      Screen orientation: Horizontal
      Resolution 384 x 240 @ 60.106990 Hz

  • Number of players: 2P Simultaneous
  • Controllers [Show details]

      Joystick [8 ways]
      Joystick [8 ways]
    Number of buttons: 5

  • Dip-switches [Show details]

    Default settings in bold
    Video Sync-
    Flip ScreenOff
    Service ModeOff

  • ROMs (14 of the machine set) [Show details]

    Referred to MAME version: 0.181

    NameSizeCRC32SHA1StatusIn romset
    tk00_v1.32_u54.u5426214468c74b81 acdf677f82d7428acc6cf01076d43dd6330e9cb3 good timekill
    tk01_v1.32_u53.u532621442158d8ef 14aa66e020a9fa890fadbaf0936dfdc4e272f543 good timekill
    tk_snd_v_4.1_u17.u17131072c699af7b 55863513a1c27dcb257dbc20e522cfafa9b92c9d good timekill
    time_killers_0.rom0209715294cbf6f8 dac5c4d9c8e42336c236ecc3c72b3b1f8282dc2f good timekill
    time_killers_1.rom12097152c07dea98 dd8b88beb9781579eb0a17231ad2a274b70ae1bc good timekill
    time_killers_2.rom22097152183eed2a 3905268fe45ecc47cd4d349666b4d33efda2140b good timekill
    time_killers_3.rom32097152b1da1058 a1d483701c661d69cecc9d073b23683b119f5ef1 good timekill
    timekill_grom01.grom1131072b030c3d9 f5c21285ec8ff4f74205e0cf18da67e733e31183 good timekill
    timekill_grom02.grom2131072e98492a4 fe8fb4bd3900109f3872f2930e8ddc9d19f599fd good timekill
    timekill_grom03.grom31310726088fa64 a3eee10bdef48fefec3836f551172dbe0819acf6 good timekill
    timekill_grom04.grom413107295be2318 60580c87d63a114df44e2580e138128388ff447b good timekill
    tksrom00_u18.u1852428879d8b83a 78934b4d0ccca8fefcf8277e4296eb1d59cd575b good timekill
    tksrom01_u20.u20524288ec01648c b83c66cf22db5d89b9ed79b79861b79429d8380c good timekill
    tksrom02_u26.u26524288051ced3e 6b63c4837e709806ffea9a37d93933635d356a6e good timekill

    :  PARENT Machine
    :  CLONE Machine
    :  BIOS
    :  Device


Time Killers (c) 1992 Strata.

Cartoony weapon-based fighter wrought with dismemberment and decapitation. 8 characters to choose from and cut apart!


Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz), M6809 (@ 2 Mhz)

Sound Chips : ES5506 (@ 16 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 384 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 8192

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 5


Developed by Incredible Technologies, Inc.

Released in November 1992. Time Killers was removed from many arcades for being just a little too gory.

This game had a unique button layout that no other games uses. Even its sequel, "Blood Storm", doesn't use it, but instead uses the "Mortal Kombat" five button X pattern. The unique part is those five buttons are laid out in a pattern that resembles the human anatomy on the Time Killer control panel. There are many moves that requires hitting all 5 buttons at the same time, which is easy to do with the above layout (use your entire hand to press all 5 buttons simultaneously).

Michael Jackson used to own this game. It was sold at the official Michael Jackson Auction on Apr. 24th, 2009.


Revision 1 :

* Software version : 1.21

Revision 2 :

* Software version : 1.31

Revision 3 :

* Software version : 1.32


1. Time Killers (1992)

2. Blood Storm (1994)


Principal programmer : Richard Ditton

Game Play : Leif Marwede

Audio system programming : David D. Thiel

Music : David D. Thiel

Sound Effect : David D. Thiel

Others : Chris Oberth


* Consoles :

Sega Mega Drive (1996)


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

Giochi Simili

Warning: information in history.dat can differ from the ones present in the rest of the page (taken from MAME) as they come from a different source

Information on timekill

0.37b11 [Aaron Giles]


- 0.149u1: Minor doc update about Time Killer sound CPU program [Brian Troha].

- 0.140u2: Gnoppi, Smitdogg and The Dumping Union added clone Time Killers (v1.21).

- 24th November 2010: Smitdogg - We got Time Killers (rev 1.21).

- 16th July 2010: Smitdogg - BrianT got the PIC from Time Killers for decapping.

- 0.133u1: Renamed (timek131) to (timekill131).

- 0.60: Added 'Video Sync' dipswitch.

- 23rd July 2001: Aaron Giles added global brightness control to Toobin' and Time Killers.

- 0.37b11: Aaron Giles added Time Killers (v1.32) (Strata/Incredible Technologies 1992) and clone (v1.31).

- 1st February 2001: Aaron Giles fixed the missing Time Killers sound.

- 8th January 2001: Aaron Giles finished the Strata / Incredible Technologies 32-bit driver, supporting Time Killers, Bloodstorm and Hard Yardage.

- 14th December 2000: Aaron Giles reported some good progress on Time Killers and Blood Storm.


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