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Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage

Spider-Man and VenomSpider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage is a side-scrolling beat ‘em up game developed by Software Creations for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.  The Genesis version of the game was published by Acclaim Entertainment while the Super Nintendo version was published by Acclaim Entertainment’s subsidiary LJN.

The game is based on the a 14-part Spider-Man comic book crossover of the same name that was published by Marvel Comics in 1993.  It is one of the first video games to be directly based on a comic book story, rather than simply using characters from a comic book series in a non-canon action-based video game plot.  The development team even incorporated cutscenes into the game that feature animated versions of the panel art found in the comic book series.

Released on September 16, 1994 the game features Spider-Man and Venom who team up to battle an onslaught of villains led by Carnage.  Players assume the roles of Spider-Man and Venom through various stages to stop Carnage and his team of villains.  Players can summon other Marvel heroes by collecting hidden items in certain levels to help in various ways.

Software Creations had the rock group “Green Jelly” write and produce the game’s soundtrack.   The theme song used at the beginning of the game during the title screen was featured as the first track of the band’s 1994 album “333” as “Carnage Rules”.  Due to storage limitations of the cartridge-based media both versions of the game did not feature recorded music but instead featured a computerized rendition of the songs.

When the game first released for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis it was manufactured using red cartridges while later releases of the game used standard-color cartridges.  Upon release the game received mixed reviews but gained in popularity over the years and is now regarded as one of the more favorable Spider-Man based games of the 16-bit era.

Spider-Man and Venom
Developer(s)Software Creations
Publisher(s)Acclaim Entertainment (Genesis)
License OwnerMarvel Entertainment (Walt Disney)
SeriesSpider-Man | Venom
SuccessorVenom / Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety
Platform(s)Super Nintendo
Sega Genesis
Mega Drive
Media TypeCartridge
ReleaseSuper Nintendo
NA: September 16, 1994
EU: November 24, 1994

Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
NA: September 16, 1994
EU: November 24, 1994
JP: May 26, 1995
Genre(s)Beat ’em up
RatingVRC: MA-13
ELSPA: 11+
Rereleased Platform(s)None

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John PickfordProducer
Lorraine BroxtonAssociate Producers
Profile PlaceholderRichard KayAssociate Producers
Steve ThomasAnimation Directors
Profile PlaceholderDavid MaclachlanAnimation Directors
John TatlockOriginal Lead Artist
Ste PickfordArt Director
Sega Lead Artist
Justin EagletonArtists
Haydn DaltonArtists
Chris JojoOriginal Musician
Green JellÿFeaturing Music by
Allister BrimbleSound Effects
Profile PlaceholderPaul MurrayOriginal Programmer
Michael WebbSega Conversion
Game Tester
Profile PlaceholderAndrew CrossSega Conversion
Profile PlaceholderCraig MitchellSega Conversion
Profile PlaceholderPaul MarshallSega Conversion
Profile PlaceholderChun Wah KongGame Logic
Kevin EdwardsAdditional Programming
Profile PlaceholderJohn BuckleyAdditional Programming
Profile PlaceholderGavin EagletonSega Artists
Profile PlaceholderStephen RuddyAdditional Programming
Profile PlaceholderPeter AndrewAdditional Programming
Profile PlaceholderMartin HollandSega Artists
Profile PlaceholderAndrew R. ThrelfallSega Artists
Profile PlaceholderAlan MoultAnimators
Profile PlaceholderClinton J. PriestAnimators
Profile PlaceholderTony WilliamsGenesis Musicians
Profile PlaceholderPaul TongeMusic Director
Genesis Musicians
Profile PlaceholderMalcolm DaglishGame Testers
Profile PlaceholderDaniel CurleyGame Testers
Profile PlaceholderJonathan DaleGame Testers
Profile PlaceholderPaul LeeGame Testers
Suddi RavalGame Testers
Profile PlaceholderDavelee ThorntonGame Testers
Mark FlitmanProducer
Profile PlaceholderTyrone MillerAssociate Producers
Profile PlaceholderKen KajikawaAssociate Producers
Douglas YellinAssociate Producers
Profile PlaceholderJoe AlloccoAnalysts
Michael ArcherAnalysts
Profile PlaceholderJoseph MazziottoAnalysts
Linda SpelmanSpecial Thanks
Dana MoresheadSpecial Thanks
Mike ThomasSpecial Thanks

Genesis (North America Release)

Mega Drive (European Release)

Mega Drive (Japanese Release)

Super Nintendo (North America Release)

Super Nintendo (European Release)

Limited Edition Box Set

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