Carmageddon is the original freeform driving sensation, where pedestrians (and cows!) equal points, and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines. The game features anarchic drive-wherever-you-like gameplay and over-the-top surreal comedy violence. It’s the racing game where racing is for wimps.
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Release Date: Jun 30, 1997

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8.7 – Metacritic

9.5 – PC Zone

8.8 – Gamespot

About This Game

Carmageddon is the original freeform driving sensation, where pedestrians (and cows!) equal points, and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines. The game features anarchic drive-wherever-you-like gameplay and over-the-top surreal comedy violence. It’s the racing game where racing is for wimps.

Now the same Mac & PC classic that was BANNED AROUND THE WORLD is back!

Carmageddon features real-world environments that have been turned into killing fields, where the locals stay out on the streets at their peril. As well as using your car as a weapon, every level is sprinkled generously with power-ups that have a vast variety of mad effects, adding a whole extra level of craziness to the proceedings. In every event you have the option to “play it your way”… Waste all your opponents, kill every pedestrian, or (perish the thought) complete all the laps. Oh and watch out – the cops in their super-tough armoured patrol vehicles are lurking, and if they catch you being bad they’ll be down on you like several tons of cold pork.

"Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Members of the public, you have ONE minute to reach minimum safe distance!"

  • Crazy range of vehicles and drivers, each with their own personality and driving style.
  • The game that pioneered true 3D physics,
  • The game that pioneered dynamic vehicle damage
  • The game that pioneered splattering grannies. And cows.
  • In fact, splatter a wide range of seriously scared pedestrians.
  • 28 dangerously deranged Opponents
  • 11 wildly exhilarating Environments
  • Career Mode featuring 36 satisfyingly violent Levels
  • Race and Wreck opponents to unlock 30 playable cars!
  • Over 40 fun-packed Power Ups and “Power Downs”.
  • Great open world track design allowing complete freedom to explore.
  • Hidden bonus areas to find.
  • Ludicrously satisfying, arcade-style gameplay.

The aim is for the player to work their way up the ranking system, from 99th place to first. The player vehicle is pitted against a number of computer controlled competitors, in locations such as cities, mines and desert towns. Levels can be beaten in one of three ways:

  • Completing all the laps of the race course, as one would a normal racing game.
  • "Wasting" (wrecking) all the opponents vehicles.
  • Killing all the pedestrians in the area.

Each level has a time limit, but more time may be gained by passing through checkpoints, collecting powerups, damaging/destroying the competitors' cars, and by running over pedestrians (with bonuses awarded for style).
These actions also reward the player with Credits, which can be used to make instant repairs or recover the car (after falling down a chasm, for example). They can also be used to upgrade Armour, Power and Offense stats in the Parts Shop between races. This is also the time to switch which car to drive if others have been obtained.
As well as opponents partaking in the 'race', some levels also contain a number of heavily armored Cop Cars, which will activate their sirens and hound the player when provoked. They can be attacked and destroyed, but do not count as opponents. A single "Super Squad Car" exists in one level, and it can be claimed if destroyed.
An Action Replay with multiple camera viewpoints is available at any point during a race.

Carmageddon won the “Game of the Year” trophy in the 1997 PC Zone Reader awards.

Carmageddon 1 & 2 were “Driving Game of the Year” 1997/1998.

Originally released for the PC in 1997, Carmageddon was an instant hit and the titles went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide. Here’s what a sample of the gaming press thought at the time:

“Carmageddon is visceral, violent, vehicular fun...” - GameSpot 8.8 out of 10

“Carmageddon, to get straight to the point, is one of the best computer games I've ever played… Carmageddon is God!” - Duncan McDonald 95% Classic Award PC Zone Magazine

“Carmageddon is one of those games that only come along once in a blue moon. An essential purchase.” - Escape Magazine 6 out of 6

“The gameplay is spot on and anyone with a dark enough sense of humour should give it a go.” - Computer Gaming World 4 out of 5

“So next time you gun down coppers on GTA VI, just remember, Carmageddon’s controversy was there first, and you have a lot to thank it for.” - RetroGarden

Carmageddon is the first of a series of graphically violent driving-oriented video games. It was conceived and developed by Stainless Games, published by SCi and released June 30, 1997 on PC & Mac.
It was, and remains, a poster child for video game controversy. The controversy surrounded the game's central premise; that of earning reward for running down innocent pedestrians.
The game was notable for its realistic and ground-breaking physics, and for its in-game action replay features. It was also one of the earliest examples of a sandbox 3D driving game, and may have influenced other later games including the Driver and Grand Theft Auto series.

Stainless was founded in 1994 by Patrick Buckland, a veteran of the games industry going back to the Jurassic period of 1982, and Neil Barnden, who used to have hair like a mammoth. A team of 8 worked on the original Carmageddon at Stainless, and 5 are still with the company today, although a couple of them are now kept manacled in a small padded room in the cellar.

Stainless Games now employs around one hundred mad, dedicated people of assorted gender, height and width. They can all be found dangling precariously from a small chalky rock just off the South Coast of England.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: (DOSBox software mode) 1.8Ghz, (DOSBox 3DFX mode) Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 or AMD Phenom 9600
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: (DOSBox software mode) NVIDIA GeForce 7300 series, ATI Radeon™ X1600 Video Card with 256MB RAM, (DOSBox 3DFX mode) AMD Radeon HD3850 or GeForce 8800GTX
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 240 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
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57 of 62 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
What could be better than a cow smashed the windshield? This game is priceless. Home of my best memories from that time, Carmageddon, Blood, Duke Nukem and many others. Thank you very much.
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48 of 57 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
Smashing pedestrians & killing your opponents to win the race!

..loved this game as a kid, and after so many years its still entertaining.
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
Is there any reason to dislike this game? It's a classic that made my childhood happier and never made me hit a pedestrian in real life, so what you're waiting for?
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47 of 59 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
The Classic is back!
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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
This game is a MUST HAVE for any retro gamer or for those who grew up with it :D
Racing, Destruction derby and genocdie all in one :D
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
Well what can you f****** say, its f****** carmageddon. You call yourself a gamer? 666/10
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2015
Original & Still one of the best.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
This game is not without its flaws, but it is still massively fun to play. It comes with a Glide wrapper, but DOSBOX needs to have the config files edited to enable it. Once you do so, you'll be able to get the game in much higher resoutions than were available before by using the 3DFX version. The ranking system in game is based entirely on how many points you earn in a match, so find a good map that you can get a lot of points on and grind it as much as possible. You can unlock some cars through play, but when you finish all the maps in the game and 'beat' it you unlock everything, even cars that don't unlock normally. The levels do not confine you to one track, you can explore to your heart's content - assuming you don't run out of time. Even the semi-Stand Alone expansion, the Splat Pack, is included. Just remember, this is an old game with some early design ideas that didn't always work well, but the game IS very fun to play and enjoy!
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2015
11/10 for the nostalgia..sigh back in 2000, when i was the first neighbourgh from my block with a pc and everyone came into my house to spectate..that was my first "stream", what, what ESL..back then it was just you with the pc ;(
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Ah, Carmageddon, a game where you don't just race other opponents, but also try to destroy them, and run over hundreds of innocent pedestrians in the process. Wicked fun. And you are rewarded for all of this, which makes it even more fun. The game even lets you know how many pedestrians there are on each level, so you can make sure every single one is mangled.

There are some old games that I think have really good looking graphics, even though they aren't very realistic like modern games. Carmageddon is one of them. There's a grittiness and personallity to the graphics that new games don't have. The lower detail of the graphics also gives the game a little more challenge, as it can be hard to see things coming up at times (at least before you get used to the graphics}.

The game can be annoying at times though. I found the vehicle handling/controls hard to get used to as first. At least with one car, you can easily get stuck to walls, and have to steer into the wall to get free. That doesn't really stop being annoying. Also if you go too fast up a steep hill, you can end up launching off and flying way too far, and will end up needing to be recovered. These minor things don't detract from the fun though.

The game has some good music that goes good with the game. There some rock songs and some electronic songs. But if you don't like them or get tired of them, you can always turn on some Metal. Metal goes great with this game.

Carmageddon is a lot of fun. If you like games like Postal or GTA. If you like running over people, wrecking cars, and causing chaos, then you will like this game. If you haven't already played it and don't own it, then you should get it now. Or when it's on sale.

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19.4 hrs
Posted: September 12
Even after 19 years its initial release, it still entertains me.
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21.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Product received for free
What I liked about the game

• The gameplay can be very addictive and fun, especially when you're running over pedestrians and destroying other drivers.
• I liked the idea that you can see the driver in the top left-hand corner, seeing his facial expressions, when something happens during the level.
• You have three different ways of winning each level. My favourite was destroying other drivers.
• I liked the arcade style of the game.
• The vehicles in the game are awsome, You can also unlock other driver's vehicles and use them in other levels.
• You can upgrade your car.

What I disliked or was disappointed with

• Can be frustrating sometimes, police can be a pain in the ♥♥♥♥. Sometimes you don't get credits when you should. Sometimes the last driver can prove tricky to kill.
• The vehicles in the game can be hard to control. The vehicle brakes aren't very good and sometimes turning a corner is like turning a ship.
• Out of the three different ways of beating the level, destroying each driver is probably the best way to beat the level, because killing a certain number of pedestrians takes too long and doing the laps isn't very rewarding.
• The soundtrack does get repetitive and so does the gameplay, especially towards the end.
• It's a shame you can't visually see the upgrades you made to the car.


A fun and addictive game, which is different compared to over racing games. It can get repetitive, but I still recommend it to any retro gaming fan.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: August 10
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5.4 hrs
Posted: August 7
A mash-up of mass vehicular manslaughter, demolition derby, racing and stunts and jumps
encompassed in a video game engine with large 3D environments and an impressive
physics engine (Well, impressive in its release year 1997).

I am using Unofficial Max Pack 95 Restoration Project Pack and would recommend it if
you want access to play Carma in the classic Windows executable with the "-hires"

Natively, this game is delivered in Steam via DosBox and that seems to be adequately
compatible with most systems.

If you enjoyed racing games like the Flatout series and/or Destruction Derby 1/2, don't mind inferior graphics and you're also a bit of a depraved sicko/enjoy gratuitous simulated violence and murder, look no further.
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People are fucking autistic
15.5 hrs
Posted: July 25
Product received for free
Its a cool game
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0.8 hrs
Posted: July 20
Classic fun!
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0.8 hrs
Posted: July 8
no windows 10 great -.-
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0.8 hrs
Posted: June 10
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0.5 hrs
Posted: June 8
C'mon, it's first Carma! How could I not recommend it?
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0.4 hrs
Posted: May 29
the game is pretty good it really brings back memories it does lag sometimes but still i reccommend this game and it works on windows 8.1
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