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Cosmic Carnage
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega 32X
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega 32X
JP
¥7,800 GM-4004
Sega 32X
US
$69.99[1] 84700
Sega 32X
UK
£49.99[3] 84700-50
Sega 32X
FR
?F 84700-50
Sega 32X
DE
DM ? 84700-50
Sega 32X
ES
?Ptas 84700-50
Sega 32X
BR
R$? 151020
Sega 32X
AS
? 84700



Cosmic Carnage, known in Japan as Cyber Brawl (サイバーブロール), is a 2D versus fighting game developed by Almanic and ALU and published by Sega exclusively for the Sega 32X in late 1994.

Story

Light years away in a distant star system, in an intergalactic prison barge, four of the prisoners on the ship mutiny against their captors and escape, attacking the ship and destroying its controls and life support systems. The military crew onboard manage to bring the barge closer to safety, but all but one of the escape pods were destroyed in the destruction. Now the four prisoners and four soldiers must battle to use the last escape pod and escape to safety.

Gameplay

There are eight playable characters in the game, divided into two groups, 'Military' (Soldiers overseas) and 'Renegade' (Fugitives overseas). The goal of the game is to defeat all the other characters in as short a time period as possible. Depending on how quickly the game is completed, a different ending is shown, with the best possible ending having the character make it to the escape pod and escape the ensuing explosion of the barge.

The game uses two punch buttons (X normal, A fierce) and two kick buttons (Y normal, B fierce) on a six-button controller, with two buttons reserved for taunting the opponent and the use of some special moves (Z provoke 1, C provoke 2). On a three-button controller A, B and C, pressed at normal speed, are used for fierce punch, fierce kick and provoke 2 respectively; if the buttons are tapped quickly they will perform normal punch, normal kick and provoke 1. Similarly to Mortal Kombat, characters can be dismembered if they are hit on the winning round with any special move, although the game has no character-specific fatality animations.

The military characters have the advantage of getting to select their armor before a battle begins, with three pieces of armor for their body, arms, and legs. Each armor piece comes in light and heavy variety, with the difference of either size of the part being the special move it can use. Armor can be destroyed if it receives enough damage, disabling the use of the special move attached to it for the rest of the round. The renegade characters do not have any armor, and do not lose their special moves no matter how much damage they take.

While Cosmic Carange makes use of the 32X hardware to provide smooth sprite scaling and rotation, it is frequently unable to hit its target 30FPS refresh rate, slowing down considerably when too much action is on-screen.

Cyber Brawl

Before the game was released abroad as Cosmic Carnage, the game received one major change. The three human fighters were replaced with aliens. The Japanese and North American copies of the game are however, identical - region encoding forces Cosmic Carnage to boot in the US, however by holding X, B, Z and Start during the introduction, the contents of Cyber Brawl (i.e. the title screen and human characters) will be swapped in.

Characters

Military

CosmicCarnage 32X Jake Portrait.png Jake (ジェイク)
CosmicCarnage 32X Cylic Portrait.png Cylic
Cylic is a redesigned version of Jake for the overseas version.
CosmicCarnage 32X Tyr-Karl Portrait.png Karl (カール) / Tyr
CosmicCarnage 32X Naruto Portrait JP.png Naruto (鳴門)
CosmicCarnage 32X Naruto Portrait US-EU.png Naruto (overseas)
Naruto had his sprite redesigned overseas as well.
CosmicCarnage 32X Ray Portrait.png Ray (レイ)
CosmicCarnage 32X ZenaLan Portrait.png Zena-Lan
Zena-Lan is a redesigned version of Ray for the overseas version.

Renegade

CosmicCarnage 32X Talmac-Bolt Portrait.png Bolt (ボルト) / Talmac
Bolt is a tall humanoid with big razor claws. His special moves are: Gale Wall (DownLeftPunch), Gale Wave (RightLeftRightPunch), Pile Dragon (RightDownRightPunch) and Gale Arrow (
HOLD
Left
RightPunch
).
CosmicCarnage 32X Deamon-Finisher Portrait.png Finisher (フィニッシャー) / Deamon
Finisher is an humanoid creature that resembles a scorpion. His special moves are: Whirlwind Thrasher (RightRightPunchKick), Hammerhead Whip (LeftDownUpPunch) and Rolling Claw (close Punch).
CosmicCarnage 32X Naja-Stere Portrait.png Stere (ステア) / Naja
Stere has a snake head, human upper body and a bionic snake-like lower body. Her special moves are: Back Whip (
HOLD
Down
UpKick
), Winder Rush (DownLeftPunch) and Tail Squeeze (close Kick).
CosmicCarnage 32X Yug-Wishbone Portrait.png Wishbone (ウィッシュボーン) / Yug
Wishbone is an humanoid that resembles a gorilla. His special moves are: Spinning Double Striker (RightDownLeftPunchPunch), Blaze Hold (DownRightPunch), Strangle Hold (perform Blaze Hold, then
HOLD
Up
PunchPunchPunchPunchPunch
), Wheel Press (UpRightDownKick) and Rolling Gangbuster (LeftRightPunch).

Production credits

  • Naoyuki Hayakawa, Masaki Ishikawa, Youji Iwashita, Tsutomu Ando, Yasuo Wakatuki, Noriyuki Tomiyama, Hikoshi Hashimoto, Hiromitsu Shioya, Hidetoshi Fujioka, Hiroshi Yokokura, Hiroyuki Ohtaka, Ryoichi Hasegawa
  • Special Thanks: Takashi Yoneda, Takashi Sorimachi, Ryusaku Matui, Noboru Kosuge, Kyohko Niyama, Keiichi Egawa, Hiroyuki Sakiyama, Fumiko Aoyagi, Norihiro Sekine, Hideki Youkaichiya
  • Programmed by: Almanic Corp.
  • Takashi Shichijyo
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Cosmic Carnage/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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HobbyConsolas ES 043.pdfHobbyConsolas ES 043.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Hobby Consolas (ES) #43: "Abril 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
65 №159, p76[3]
48 №67, p32[5]
61 №2/95, p36[6]
65 №26, p44
66 №78
78 №8, p16
38 №2/95, p45[7]
77 №28, p13-16
60 №2/95, p101[8]
42 №28, p74/75[4]
20 №2, p93[9]
40 №51, p107[10]
74 №64, p46/47
62 №41, p38/39
79 №56, p25
70 №72, p65[11]
Sega 32X
59
Based on
16 reviews

32X, US
CosmicCarnage 32X US Box Back.jpgCosmicCarnage 32X US Box Front.jpg
Cover
CosmicCarnage 32X US Cart.jpg
Cart
Cosmiccarnage 32x us manual.pdf
Manual
32X, EU
CosmicCarnage 32X EU Box Back.jpgCosmicCarnage 32X EU Box Spine.jpgCosmicCarnage 32X EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
CosmicCarnage 32X EU Cart.jpg
Cart
32X, JP
Cyberbrawl 32x jp backcover.jpgCyberbrawl MD JP BoxSpine.jpgCyberbrawl 32x jp frontcover.jpg
Cover
Cyberbrawl MD JP CartTop.jpg
Cyberbrawl MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Cyberbrawl 32x jp manual.pdf
Manual
32X, BR
CosmicCarnage 32X BR Box.jpg
Cover
CosmicCarnage 32X BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Cosmiccarnage 32x br manual.pdf
Manual
32X, Asia
CosmicCarnage 32X Asia Box Back.jpgNospine.pngCosmicCarnage 32X Asia Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
3MB 1994-10 Cartridge
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
3MB 1994-10-13
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
3MB 1994-10-11
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
3MB 1994-10-07
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
3MB 1994-10-05
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
3MB 1994-10-04
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
3MB 1994-09-28
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
3MB 1994-09-26
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
3MB 1994-09-21
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
3MB 1994-09-06

References