General Chaos

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General Chaos
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US, Europe), Electronic Arts Victor (Japan)
Peripherals supported: 4 Way Play
Genre: Action[1], Simulation[1][2]

Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,9008,900 EM20025
Sega Mega Drive
$49.9549.95[3][4] 714301
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
(EA Classics)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
(EA Classics)
Sega Mega Drive
£44.9944.99[6][5] E248SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
(EA Classics)

General Chaos, called General Chaos Daikonsen (ジェネラル・カオス 大混戦) in Japan, is a strategy game developed by Electronic Arts for the Sega Mega Drive in 1993.

It sees the player (General Chaos) command a handful of units around a small map, firing at the armies of the enemy (General Havoc). There are five different classes with their own strengths and weaknesses, and the overall aim is to capture the enemy's capital city.


Ever since they were babies, brothers Chaos and Havoc enjoyed playing war games with each other and their classmates, and expanding their knowledge of military tactics. One day, Chaos discovers a rare comic book more valuable than any of the books in their ever-growing library, and shows it to Havoc. Unfortunately, this proves to be a mistake, as the mere sight of it brings out his greedy and treacherous side. Havoc tries to take the book for himself, but it rips apart in a tug-of-war. After this, the two brothers blame each other, and grow apart.

Years later, they both become military dictators of the fictional countries of Moronica (Chaos) and Viceria (Havoc). The two generals war with each other for decades, but for all the battles that rage across the land, they cannot achieve victory. After days of consideration, they come to the decision of using smaller, quicker armies of soldiers all specializing in a particular kind of weapon to settle the score permanently.


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Campaign map

The game is a real-time, squad-based strategy game. Before reach battle, the player selects from one of four squads, each drawn from a pool of five different units. Each unit has a different weapon with different characteristics. Battles are depicted from an overhead, isometric perspective on a single screen with no scrolling.

Unit movement is controlled using a cursor, which is moved around with the D-pad. The current unit can be switched with C, which cycles through the squad in order. The selected unit can be commanded to move to the cursor with B. All units can be ordered to attack a target highlighted with the cursor with A. When using the Commando squad, the controls change; instead of controlling a cursor, the player moves the selected unit directly with the D-pad and fires with A.

Whenever two soldiers on opposite sides get close enough, the battle pauses and "close combat" ensues, which is a one-on-one brawl between the two units. The soldiers punch with A, kick with B, and block with C. The units fight until one unit loses all of his health points and falls to the ground. Fallen soldiers can be revived by moving the cursor (or another soldier in the case of the Commandos) close to the injured soldier and calling for a medic with A to revive him. However, there is a limit on the number of times that a medic can be called. The player starts each game with five medic calls and earns more at 10,000, 25,000, and 50,000 points or by collecting items. Medics cannot be attacked. If a soldier is not revived with a medic, his body eventually decays to a skeleton, and the unit is permanently dead for the rest of the battle. Some attacks can instantly kill a unit so that he cannot be revived by a medic.

In the campaign mode, the player plays through 17 battles as General Chaos with the objective of capturing the General Havoc's capital city. The player can choose between three different battlefields before each match. Some battles have special objectives, such as destroying an aircraft or protecting a tank, which reward bonus points. If the player wins a battle, the front line is pushed towards the enemy's capital. Eventually, the player can attack the enemy's capital directly.

The game supports two-player head-to-head (each player controls a separate squad) and two-player side-by-side (each player controls a pair of Commandos on the same squad and fights the AI) modes. The game also supports up to four simultaneous players with the 4-Way Play adapter. The three player modes pair two players, each with a Commando unit, against a third player with a Commando team or a squad. The four player mode gives each player a Commando and arranges them in pairs against each other.

The game has a tutorial mode called "Boot Camp," which introduces the player to the mechanics of the game.


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Armed with a submachine gun. A well rounded unit with a medium-range attack and high rate of fire, though his gun might jam. It is used primarily for attacking.
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Armed with a rocket launcher, which is a powerful, slow-firing, long-range weapon. The launcher's attack can be stopped by cover but may randomly result in an "instant death" of an opposing combatant (reduced to a skeleton and cannot call a medic). Can destroy bonus objective targets.
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Armed with grenades. Grenades have a low rate of fire and are easily avoidable, but the grenade has good range, goes over cover, and can damage multiple units. Can destroy bonus objective targets.
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Armed with a flamethrower, which, despite having the shortest range, can hit multiple soldiers and is the fastest weapon. Once a Scorcher is on top of another unit, it is very difficult to survive. Because of this capability, they make excellent flanking and escort units. Attack may randomly result in an "instant death" of an opposing combatant (reduced to a pile of ash and cannot call a medic). If the Scorcher goes into water, his weapon is temporarily disabled (indicated by bubbles being shot out instead of fire).
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Armed with bundles of dynamite sticks, which can be thrown over cover and inflict heavy damage. However, they have a very slow rate of fire and the second shortest attack range. Attack may randomly result in an "instant death" of an opposing combatant (reduced to a skeleton and cannot call a medic). Can destroy bonus objective targets.


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Assault Team
  • Gunner
  • Launcher
  • Chucker
  • Scorcher
  • Blaster
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Brute Force
  • Scorcher
  • Scorcher
  • Grenader
  • Grenader
  • Launcher
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  • Gunner
  • Chucker
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Demolition Squad
  • Gunner
  • Gunner
  • Launcher
  • Launcher
  • Chucker


There are 51 total battlefields.

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Along the Oalman River

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Checkpoint Chaos

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Near the Bizzarn Ocean


Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English General Chaos General Chaos
English (US) General Chaos General Chaos
Japanese ジェネラル・カオス 大混戦 General Chaos Daikonsen

Production credits

  • Concept & Design: Brian Colin and Jeff Nauman
  • Programming: Jeff Nauman
  • Graphics: Brian Colin
  • Music & Sound Effects: Mike Bartlow
  • Producer: Jim Simmons
  • Associate Producer: Chris Wilson
  • Assistant Producer: Jeff Glazier
  • Technical Director: Tim Brengle
  • Testing Manager: Randy Delucchi
  • Product Testing: Yun Shin, Tony Iuppa, David Costa, Steve Imes
  • Product Manager: Lisa Higgins
  • Marketing Art Direction: Nancy Waisanen
  • Package Design: The Dynamic Duo
  • Documentation: Michael Humes
  • Documentation Layout: Emily Favors
  • Quality Assurance: Ted Fitzgerald, Terrence Chin
  • Special Thanks to Rich Robbins & John Manley
US manual[8]

Magazine articles

Main article: General Chaos/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #50: "September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
Print advert in Consoles + (FR) #23: "Septembre 1993" (1993-0x-xx)
Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #17: "Septiembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №13, p22/23
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
Consoles + (FR)
Cool Gamer (RU)
Computer & Video Games (UK)
Computer + Video Giochi (IT) PAL
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 3 (RU)
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
Gamers (DE)
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
Hobby Consolas (ES)
Hyper (AU)
Igry Sega Luchshiye iz luchshikh. Vypusk 1 (RU)
Joypad (FR) PAL
Joypad (HU)
Mega (UK) PAL
Mega Action (UK) PAL
Mega Force (FR)
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
Mega Power (UK) PAL
MegaTech (UK) PAL
Magazina Igrushek (RU)
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Player One (FR)
Score (CZ)
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
Sega Force Mega (UK) PAL
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
Todo Sega (ES)
Tricks (RU)
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
Video Games (DE) NTSC-U
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
40 reviews

General Chaos

Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, US
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General Chaos MD US Manual.pdf
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, EU (EA Classics)
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Mega Drive, PT
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Mega Drive, PT (EA Classics)
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Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, CZ

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Mega Drive, BR
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Mega Drive, ZA/KE/LS/MZ/NA/BW/SZ/ZW (EA Classics)
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f1ecc4df
MD5 955622a63dc3b06c13823fb352f50912
SHA-1 aea1dfa67b0e583a3d367a67499948998cb92f56
1MB 1993-08 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 05cc7369
MD5 9ff0afe64a5765a1e2bc1f40bcd2e554
SHA-1 9f205fc916df523ec84e0defbd0f1400a495cf8a
1MB 1994-01 Cartridge (JP)


  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GeneralChaos MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 GamePro, "September 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 36
  4. 4.0 4.1 VideoGames, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 54
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Mega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 51
  6. Sega Force Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 90
  7. GamesMaster, "October 1996" (UK; 1996-08-29), page 11
  8. File:General Chaos MD US Manual.pdf, page 29
  9. Sega Visions, "October/November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 15
  10. Hobby Consolas, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 2
  11. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 86
  12. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1994" (JP; 1994-01-08), page 20
  13. Consoles +, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 134
  14. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 90
  15. Computer & Video Games, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-15), page 80
  16. Computer + Video Giochi, "Novembre 1993" (IT; 1993-xx-xx), page 110
  17. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "October 1993" (US; 1993-09-23), page 66
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 42
  19. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 3, "" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 65
  20. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 50
  21. Gamers, "Oktober/November 1993" (DE; 1993-09-24), page 70
  22. GamesMaster, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 71
  23. Hippon Super, "February 1994" (JP; 1994-01-06), page 42
  24. Hobby Consolas, "Agosto 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 78
  25. Hyper, "December 1993" (AU; 1993-xx-xx), page 48
  26. Igry Sega Luchshiye iz luchshikh. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 2000-12-07), page 67
  27. Joypad, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 106
  28. Joypad, "2/1994" (HU; 1994-xx-xx), page 24
  29. Mega Action, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-15), page 12
  30. Mega Force, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 110
  31. Mega Fun, "10/93" (DE; 1993-09-22), page 26
  32. Mega Power, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-29), page 29
  33. MegaTech, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-20), page 56
  34. Magazina Igrushek, "1/1996" (RU; 1996-xx-xx), page 60
  35. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-07-30), page 74
  36. Player One, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-08-xx), page 136
  37. Score, "Leden 1994" (CZ; 1994-01-03), page 36
  38. Sega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-05), page 68
  39. Sega Pro, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-12), page 66
  40. Sega Zone, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-22), page 24
  41. Sega Force Mega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 88
  42. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  43. Sonic the Comic, "March 18th 1994" (UK; 1994-03-05), page 11
  44. Todo Sega, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-0x-xx), page 60
  45. Tricks, "Vypusk 7" (RU; 1996-xx-xx), page 22
  46. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 15
  47. Video Games, "11/93" (DE; 1993-10-27), page 117

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