Video Game: Total Carnage

"You suck at this game!"

The year is 1999, and the evil General Akhboob closes off his country of "Kookistan" to the rest of the world and captures all of the reporters that went to the scene looking for a story. Also, the general is using his base to create mutants, stockpiling weapons and doing other various nasty things, and it's up to the Doomsday Squad (Captain Carnage and Major Mayhem) to go in, destroy the base and capture General Akhboob.

This video game provides examples of:

  • America Saves the Day: Hammered home by the presence of American flags that both heroes can collect.
    • One "hint" in the game tells you to "protect the flag".
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: General Akhboob's insults during the intermissions.
  • Auto Scrolling Game: For the most part, anyway.
  • Big Bad: General Akhboob.
  • Bloodier and Gorier
  • Bowdlerization: The SNES port is noticeably censored in comparison to the original arcade version; neither hero has a hole in his chest after stepping on mines, and the blood goes from red to blue.
  • Brutal Bonus Level: Most warp spirals will send you to bonus screens where you can boost your score, but all of them are loaded with hazards that can still result in death.
  • Bullet Hell: Some sections require the player to dodge massive amounts of goo being shot out of Exploding Barrels.
  • Call Back: To Smash TV, since Akhboob will occasionally shout, "I'll buy you for a dollar!"
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: Captain Carnage is a white soldier; Major Mayhem is a black soldier.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: On the electric chair challenge, your supermuscleman can potentially survive 60,000-volt blasts through his cranium. But in-game, he's a One-Hit-Point Wonder.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: Both Orcus' and Akhboob's machine forms can take copious amounts of damage before going down. Expect a long time fighting them.
  • Dummied Out / What Could Have Been: Over 20 years after the game was released, it was discovered that there were supposed to be two endings; failing to collect all items in the Pleasure Domes (which in any case can only be done by two players) was supposed to give the "bad" ending where the heroes sit alone (without the ladies) in the Pleasure Domes, whilst collecting everything was to display the "good" ending with the ladies present, but of course without the taunting text. For some reason (probably because getting all the goodies is nearly impossible even with two players), finishing the game always combines the "good" picture with the "bad" text.
  • Electric Torture
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: As well as every other ground vehicle in General Akhboob's fleet.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You
  • Exploding Barrels: They don't explode when the player shoots them, but they usually explode on their own, and en masse, showering the screen with purple goo that the player has to dodge.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon
  • Gorn
  • Invincibility Power-Up: A headband.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Another of General Akhboob's specialties.
    "You suck at this game!"
  • Kaizo Trap: After you beat Orcus, don't stand on the road or Akhboob's limo will turn your supermuscleman into meatsauce.
  • Losing Horns: Played when a screen-clearing bomb turns out to be a dud.
  • Ludicrous Gibs
  • Made of Iron: Mooks and Bosses, but also...
  • Made of Plasticine: You the PC, and all of the humanoid mooks.
  • Man on Fire: Setting fire to certain objects (e.g., vehicles) will turn nearby Mooks into burning men, who charge at you with flaming fists. You're not so lucky — if your super wussy plasticine muscleman touches anything even remotely flaming (like the burning men), you are instant cinders.
  • More Dakka
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Boy howdy! Your character's muscles put even the Hulk to shame. But one touch of anything and you are instant meatsauce.
  • Nintendo Hard
  • Nitro Boost: Sneakers increase the heroes' walking speed as they go "Whoop-whoop-whoop-whoop-whoop".
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: The Player Characters and most mooks.
  • 1-Up: Dog tags in various segments.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: Orcus, the game's first boss, will scream something like this whenever one of his (its?) body parts is destroyed.
    Orcus: "My head! My head!"
  • Press X to Not Die: A "challenge" that randomly pops up involves Captain Carnage and Major Mayhem being strapped to electric chairs. Each player has to mash their start button as much as possible to prevent them both from seeing the continue screen. This is inverted in the best ending, where General Akhboob is captured and subject to the same punishment, care of the players.
  • Putting on the Reich: Fighting Akhboob's giant mutant head eventually results in him donning a Hitler stache and yelling "Schnell!" when shot.
  • Ramming Always Works — but only while the hero is invincible.
  • Schrodinger's Villain: If any of the Akhboob clones escape, the real Akhboob escapes. Thus, the only way to capture him is to catch all the clones.
    • And even then you still have to have unlocked the Pleasure Domes, or else the scrolling epilogue text will claim he escaped anyway.
  • Shared Life Meter: One part of the Final Boss fight (with the two giant mutant faces) uses the second variety.
  • Smart Bomb
  • Soldier's Headband
  • Spiritual Successor: To Smash TV.
  • Spread Shot
  • Stock Audio Clip: The "Bingo!" and "Total Carnage!" sounds come directly from Smash TV. As well as Mutoid Man's "NO WAY!" if you pick up a fake smart bomb.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Natch.
  • Taking You with Me: The player character will, during certain death animations, drop a primed bomb at his dying feet.
  • Title Scream: Taken directly from a sound bite from Smash TV.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: You are, as well as many of the enemies.
  • Torso with a View: Stepping on a mine, getting run over, or getting squashed causes the heroes' bodies to fly into the air, allowing the players to see their bloody chest cavities.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene
  • Warp Zone: Several rotating spirals can take the heroes further into the game.
  • What the Hell, Player?: If the players let Akhboob escape, the game will not hesitate to tell them how much they suck.