Title Total Carnage (CD32) Game Type Shoot-em-up Players 1 Company I.C.E. Compatibility CD32 Submission Courtesy of Sean Caszatt Review I don't know what came over me as I opened the case of Total Carnage. I was actually looking forward to playing the game. An arcade conversion for the CD남! "This ought to be fun," I thought to myself. I had somehow forgotten that I'd played the Amiga version of this game. If I'd have remembered, I wouldn't have opened the case and I surely wouldn't have been excited. TOTAL CARNAGE is a sequel of sorts to the arcade game SMASH TV, a brilliant shooter game with a lot of bosses and power-ups. However, TOTAL CARNAGE lacked the addictive properties as well as the personality of SMASH TV. It just seemed to try too hard. Nevertheless, it was fun to play in the arcade. As good as the original SMASH TV was, it didn't translate very well for the Amiga when it was released in 1991. It managed, however, to be a lot more playable than the abomination known as the CD남 version of TOTAL CARNAGE. TOTAL CARNAGE would really have to kick some tail in the gameplay department to make up for its very poor graphics. Unfortunately, it doesn't. The player character looks like someone took Hulk Hogan's torso and put it on Pee Wee Herman's legs. The animation is jerky and the response to controller movement is about nil. Did someone start a trend that made it fashionable for CD남 games to emulate 8-bit game machines in terms of graphics? TOTAL CARNAGE has some nice looking opening screens, but the game itself is nothing that the Nintendo Entertainment System or Sega Master System couldn't handle. (Those were the systems BEFORE the Super Nintendo and Genesis.) Where are the 32-bit games? The game is no different than the Amiga version, which is really a let down. I don't know what I expect to make it better on the CD남 other than possibly a complete rewrite or, at the least, better controller response. I.C.E. is repsonsible for two other CD남 shooter games, FIRE FORCE and DEEP CORE. I recommend buying either one of those before picking up TOTAL CARNAGE. Actually, I recommend a lot of other games (even those for other systems) before you even think about getting TOTAL CARNAGE.