Total Carnage

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Total Carnage
Developer(s) Midway Games, Black Pearl Software, Bally Midway Manufacturing Co.
Publisher(s) Midway Games, Malibu Games, ICE, Hand Made Software, Ltd. Songbird Productions
Designer Mark Turmell
Eugene Jarvis
Engine Engine Missing
status Status Missing
Release date Release Date Missing
Genre Multi-directional shooter
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, playing simultaneously
Age rating(s) Ratings Missing
Platform(s) Arcade, Amiga CD32, Amiga, DOS, Atari Jaguar, SNES
Arcade system Midway Y Unit hardware
Main CPU: TMS34010 (@ 6.25 MHz)
Sound CPU: M6809 (@ 2 MHz)
Sound Chips: Yamaha YM2151 FM (@ 3.57958 MHz), DAC (@ 3.57958 MHz), OKI MSM6295 ADPCM
Media Media Missing
Input 2 Joysticks, Gamepad
Requirements Requirements Missing
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Total Carnage is a arcade shooter, developed by Mark Turmell for Midway in 1991. The game was released for the SNES in 1993 and the Amiga CD32, Amiga, and DOS in 1994. Later the game was re-released in 2004, as part of Midway Arcade Treasures 2 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube game consoles. In 2005, an Atari Jaguar version was released by Songbird Productions, nearly ten years after work on the game originally began. It was re-released in 2006 as part of Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition for the PC.

Story[edit | edit source]

In Total Carnage, an evil Middle Eastern dictator named General Akhboob closes off his country to the rest of the world following a war in 1999. Hundreds of reporters flocked to the zone in hopes of getting a real scoop. Unfortunately for them, one of the reporters discovers that there's more than baby milk being made at the 'Baby Milk Factory'.

General Akhboob kills the reporter and captures all the remaining reporters in his country. It turns out that General Akhboob has been building an army of mutants and a stockpile of chemical weapons. He's also holding several American reporters and other civilians captive. It is up to the Doomsday Squad, composed of Captain Carnage (Player 1) and Major Mayhem (Player 2), to invade Akhboob's base, wipe out his forces, destroy the mutants, rescue all the hostages and capture Akhboob.

Along the way, Captain Carnage and Major Mayhem fight various mutants and monsters, a giant mutant cyborg named Orcus, and eventually General Ahkboob himself. Ahkboob transforms into several forms, including a series of three giant heads. After his defeat, he attempts to escape by releasing a swarm of copies, but is captured and executed by electric chair.

The Doomsday Squad then decides to take a military leave to the Midway Pleasure Domes, a grotesque amusement park. The player(s) can only access this area if they collected 220 keys during the game, or used the password warp at the beginning and entered password AZAZ.

Development[edit | edit source]

Jon Hey followed up his sound creation for Smash TV with the sound and music for Total Carnage. Ed Boon, who created Mortal Kombat for Midway along with John Tobias, was the voice of General Akhboob.

There is an Easter Egg that says "the Pistons will rule the NBA". 12 years later, the Detroit Pistons would go on to win the NBA championship, verifying the surprising prediction given in this game. Game creator Mark Turmell is a Michigan native and Pistons fan.

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