Well, as correctly noted to me recently by a GTW reader, why the hell haven’t we covered World Cup Carnival V1??
And why not indeed – with the original game mess of World Cup Carnival apparently half complete before the internal problems and decision to refit Artic’s game instead we should really try and find out about this half complete version.
What really happened?… Was there more to it than US Gold were letting on? It’s now time to find out!
Well, thanks to the excellent The History of US Gold book by Chris Wilkins and Roger Kean, we learn that there was no first version of the game in production. Basically the licence was picked up, but there was confusion between Geoff Brown and Tim Chaney about who was organizing the production of the game. Once they realized that neither had sorted anything, they got Ocean on board to produce the game – or so they thought!
They were hoping that Ocean were to produce a title for them, building on Match Day – but it was kinda left without properly checking how things were progressing. When they found that Ocean hadn’t started any game and wires were crossed again – they frantically paid Artic a load of money to tidy up their old World Cup game and put that in the box they were about to sell. With the idea that the game was a bonus along with all the other goodies they had in the box. Nothing was given away about the game until it was actually released – and cue a lot of pissed off customers. It did some damage, but not enough to hurt US Gold too badly.
As a result, there was no earlier edition of the game that was too bad that it had to be replaced by a slightly tweaked Artic game. So there is nothing to find!
Therefore … its a case closed!
Contributions: Hank, The History of US Gold, Chris Wilkins, Roger Kean