Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage

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Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥7,800 T-81256-50
Sega Mega Drive
$? T-81256
Sega Mega Drive
£49.99[2] T-81256-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F T-81256-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? T-81256-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas T-81256-50
Sega Mega Drive

Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage, or simply Maximum Carnage (マキシマムカーネイジ) is a beat-'em-up game based on the Spider-Man universe. It was released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1994.

This is one of the rarest Mega Drive games in Japan along with Acclaim's WWF Raw. Rather than roll out a line of exclusive Japanese packaging, Acclaim opted for giving the Japanese European packaging with very minor changes. As a result, this is the only game in the Mega Drive's official library to have the same product code across all regions (internally the game's code is T-81256-50 in Europe/Japan but the packaging says otherwise).

Strangely, while the game's packaging features the Acclaim name and logo, the game itself has the logo and name of LJN instead, who released the SNES version, and until the release of Spirit of Speed 1937, was the only game on a Sega platform to feature LJN.

Sega Master System and Game Gear versions were planned, but never released.[4]

Production credits

Software Creations Spidey Team
  • Original Code: Paul Murray
  • Sega Conversion: Andy Miah, Craig Mitchell, Paul Mashall, Mike Webb
  • Original Main Artist: John Tatlock
  • Sega Main Artist: Ste Pickford
  • Sega Artists: Gavin Eagleton, Martin Holland, Andrew Threllfall
  • Game Logic: Chun Wah Kong
  • Artists: Justin Eagleton, Haydn Dalton
  • Animators: Alan Moult, Clinton J Priest
  • Original Musician: Chris Jojo
  • Sound FX: Alistair Brimble
  • Genesis Musicians: Tony Williams, Paul Tonge
  • Additional Code: Kevin Edwards, Stephen Ruddy, John Buckley, Pete Andrew
  • Game Testers: Malcolm Daglish, Dan Curley, Paul Lee, Suddi Raval, Davelee Thornton, Bone
  • Associate Producers: Lorraine Broxton, Richard Kay
  • Music Director: Paul Tonge
  • Animation Directors: Steve Thomas, David MacLachlan
  • Art Director: Ste Pickford
  • Producer: John Pickford
Acclaim Development by The Black Team
  • Producer: Mark Flitman
  • Associate Producers: Tyrone Miller, Ken Kajikawa, Doug Yellin
  • Analysts: Joe Allocco, Michael Archer, J.J. Mazziotto
  • Special Thanks To: Linda Spelman, Dana Moreshead, Mike Thomas
Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


EGM2 US 01.pdf

Print advert in
EGM² (US) #1: "July 1994" (1994-07-19)

EGM2 US 02.pdf

Print advert in
EGM² (US) #2: "August 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

EGM US 062.pdf

Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #62: "September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Game Players (US) Vol. 7 No. 10 "October 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]

PlayerOne FR 044.pdf

Print advert in
Player One (FR) #44: "Juillet/Août 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

SegaMagazin DE 10.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Magazin (DE) #10: "September 1994" (1994-08-17)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
72 №5, p14
60 №26, p62/63
60 №46, p129
40 №70, p86[6]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
4 reviews

Mega Drive, US
MaximumCarnage MD US Box.jpg
MaximumCarnage MD US Cart Black.jpg
Maximum Carnage MD US Manual.pdf
MaximumCarnage MD US Cart.jpg
Cart (red)
Mega Drive, US (bundle)

Mega Drive, EU
MaximumCarnage MD EU Box.jpg
MaximumCarnage MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
MaximumCarnage MD JP Box.jpg
SpiderManandVenom MD JP CartTop.jpg
SpiderManandVenom MD JP Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, AU
MaximumCarnage MD AU Box.jpg
MaximumCarnage MD AU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, SE (rental)


  1. File:GamePro US 057.pdf, page 80
  2. File:SegaMagazine UK 11.pdf, page 97
  3. File:CVG UK 153.pdf, page 34
  4. File:CVG UK 150.pdf, page 13
  5. File:GamePlayers US 0710.pdf, page 148
  6. File:VideoGames US 70.pdf, page 86

Spider-Man games for Sega systems
Spider-Man: The Videogame (1991)
Sega Mega Drive
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1991) | Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (1993) | Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994) | Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1995) | Venom - Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety (1995)
Sega Master System
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1991) | Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six (1993)
Sega Game Gear
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1992) | Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six (1993) | Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (1994)
Sega Mega-CD
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1993)
Sega 32X
Spider-Man: Web of Fire (1996)
Sega Dreamcast
Spider-Man (2000)