The Chaos Engine (released as Soldiers of Fortune in the U.S.) is an awesome game created by U.K. developers The Bitmap Brothers. It was recently ported to the GBA, bringing the number of platforms it has appeared on to an impressive 9. It is designed to be played by two people playing co-operatively. However there is a one player mode where a computer controlled ally acts as the second player. Besides it's great gameplay it is also renowned for it's cool title screen music and the manly voice that does the in-game announcements. "Special power!" "Food!"


Chaos engine screen

Gentleman and Brigand kicking ass.

Taken from the start of the game:
Sometime in the last century, an experimenter with time, space and early computers created a bizarre machine. Although primitive, the machine became incredibly powerful and turned against its creator. Its power to corrupt time and matter was out of control. A cloud of chaos descended over all the lands. Humans and animals were turned into ravenous beasts. Enter six hard nailed mercenaries for hire.

The machine that was created is (you guessed it) the Chaos Engine. It's creator is crazy inventor Baron Fortesque, who has been imprisoned by his own machine. That's where you come in. You must shoot through 16 levels of enemy and puzzle filled awesomeness, destroy the Chaos Engine and find Baron Fortesque.


There are 6 different playable characters to choose from, each with strengths and weaknesses. Each character has their own distinct gun and special moves. You have £6,000 to spend on both characters, and you get to keep any left over money.


A good all-rounder. He is quite mad and enjoys nothing more than experimenting with a collection of unsavory weapons.

  • Price: £2,750.
  • Weapon: Gatling.
  • Starting Special: Bomb.
  • Available Specials: Ground Mine, First Aid.


Another well rounded talent and a cut throat bandit to boot.

  • Price: £2,750.
  • Weapon: Rifle.
  • Starting Special: Shot Burst.
  • Available Specials: Molotov, Distract Monster.


A lean and clever character. He is a dapper chap without a doubt. What he lacks in muscle he makes up with wit.

  • Price: £2,500.
  • Weapon: Flamer.
  • Starting Special: Map.
  • Available Specials: Distract Monster, Repel Monster, Party Power.


The strongest of the six characters. A good fighter with heavy weapons. Although he only has a few specials they are very destructive.

  • Price: £3,000.
  • Weapon: Cannon.
  • Starting Special: Dynamite.
  • Available Specials: Shot Burst.


When it comes to characteristics he could pass for the Navvie's brother. The Thug is a mammoth of a man, a little stupid but very powerful.

  • Price: £3,000.
  • Weapon: Shotgun.
  • Starting Special: Molotov.
  • Available Specials: Air Burst.


The smartest of the six characters but then, he has God on his side. Beware, his perverse nature is not to be trusted.

  • Price: £2,500.
  • Weapon: Lightning.
  • Starting Special: First Aid.
  • Available Specials: Map, Shield, Freeze Monster.

Note: The Preacher was renamed as the Scientist for Soldiers of Fortune (the American version) as they were worried about complaints from those in the bible belt.


There are 4 different worlds, with each world comprising of 4 levels. After every 2 levels you can visit the shop to buy upgrades for your character using the gold you've accumulated. At the end of each world you get a save code.

The ForestEdit

  1. The Beginning
  2. Mud Rivers
  3. Rings
  4. Rockies

The WorkshopsEdit

  1. Maze
  2. Traps
  3. Steam
  4. Quarters
Chaos engine screen 2

Things start heating up in Fortesque Mansion.

Fortesque MansionEdit

  1. The Pits
  2. Confusion
  3. Reverse
  4. Way Out

The CellarsEdit

  1. Sewer
  2. Pump Room
  3. Hall of Machines
  4. Time for Chaos


The shop is an invaluable tool for keeping your character tooled up.

  • Extra Life (500)
  • Skill (300) - increase your skill and you will unlock new specials and increase your max health, speed and wisdom.
  • Health (75)
  • Speed (250)
  • Wisdom (80)
  • Complete Training (variable, usually a combination of skill, health, speed or wisdom)
  • Weapon power-up (250)
  • Special power (150)

You can also buy new specials for your character as their skill level increases.

  • Shot Burst (500)
  • Air Burst (550)
  • Distract Monster (475)
  • Repel Monster (525)
  • Party Power (550)
  • Map (500)
  • Shield (550)
  • Freeze Monster (575)
  • Ground Mine (425)
  • First Aid (500)
  • Molotov (550)


  • SEGA Awards 1994 Best Action Game
  • SEGA Awards 1994 Best 3rd Party Game of the Year
  • POWERPLAY Multi Player Game of the Year

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The Chaos Engine 2

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