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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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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47 of 56 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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38 of 43 people (88%) 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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46 of 59 people (78%) 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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35 of 42 people (83%) 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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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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14 of 16 people (88%) 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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
You know when you see a game you played as a younger you and you remember it sugar coated... ?
Well Carmageddon is not one of those games.
Infact it's even better then i remember, this is why...
1, It's a Total open world game. The levels are quite massive, and VERY well made, you can even race on rooftops.
2, The graphics are pretty good even today, (with shaders on and wotnot)
3, The Music is awsome and fits the game very well.
4, The A.I is actually pretty good, If you kill a driver, they will remember you and next time you race them they will do there best to mess you up.
5, There are a LOT of different weapons to help you kill and some that mess you up too.
6, The game knows how you kill Peds and rewards you for artistic impression, so thats pretty sweet.
7, it's VERY fast, when you get level 5 upgrades and some power ups the speed is mad, even faster then Wipeout2097.
8, ... well i could go on but i am bored now and i want to get back playing it...

Just for information
It uses DosBox, i run Windows8.1 x64 and it works with no problems, it's only crashed 1 in 17 hours so far.
The XboX Joypad will work fine with it after you set it up and the steering is analogue however it is VERY sensitive.

So if you played this game when it came out like i did, you should just buy it, well actually buy Carmageddon Reincarnation and get this for free.

You won't regret it.
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10 of 10 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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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
This is the classic that paved the way for many racing games to come.
This is a game that in 1997 created the racing game sandbox experience that would become a staple for the genre only many years after.

The way cities are sectioned into multiple tracks, and the way it doesn't impose a single objective, the way you can change focus between doing checkpoints, running over pedestrians, wrecking your opponents or just exploring the sandboxes is so ahead of it's time that even now, almost 20 years after it's release and after the mist of controversy has dissipated, it still feels fresh and an achievement in videogame design.

That it's gameplay and it's itch can still be scratched only by itself even now, so many years after it's release and so many clones in between says much more than anything that has probably been written.
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38.8 hrs
Posted: October 19
Carmageddon is a vehicular combat 'racing' game by UK developer Stainless Software released in 1997 to much acclaim for its advanced car damage model and sandbox style freedom and plenty of controversy for its depictions of gory carnage against defenseless pedestrians. This lead to an initially censored release for the UK version with zombies that bled green, the only way it was allowed to be sold until a patch was released later on to restore the original palette. The German version didn't fare much better however and was given robots instead that bled oil. Carmageddon's main inspiration comes from the 1975 film Death Race 2000 and was originally going to be a tie-in game but licensing fell through on more than one occasion, to the point Stainless said stuff it let's just get it out.

Carmageddon's a free-for-all race where you're encouraged to do whatever you want whenever you like and there is no restrictions on where you can go or what is considered fair or cheating. Your opponents will often be boring enough to race around the circuit and collect their weak paychecks from the checkpoints scattered about. Your opponents can't actually win anything however and there is no position of your standing in the race on your HUD. That's because you don't have one, and it doesn't matter anyway. What does matter is causing as much chaos as possible by either running down pedestrians, and in creative and gorier ways to net additional credits, and ramming the other cars. Wasting an opponent will give you a lot of credits, and more time than any other activity.

There's a timer that counts down at the beginning of each event and all manner of shenanigans will give you extra to allow you to explore the environment at your heart's content. For all manner of juicy bonuses and hidden bonus dosh/time and various PUPs (power-ups in Carma slang) litter the circuit and the outskirts of the race. These can be pretty gosh darned handy, for example complete invulnerability, acme damage magnifier for really putting a dent in your opponents, or pedestrian electro ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ray for 30 seconds. The wacky power-downs however come in a sizable variety and are usually harmless enough, but make your vehicle harder to drive for a short period of time. Pinball mode though is a worthy mention as its especially nasty and you'll want to recover ASAP if you're flung into orbit to prevent reparing serious damage.

You cannot actually be wasted yourself (at least in this first installment) but credits earned during the race are often used to repair your car, and repairing and recovering when you're on your roof or side will be happening a lot. So it's crucial to scouring and looting the race as much as possible to get more money to have enough left over at the end of a race. If you lose more than you make during a race and you didn't have much left over to begin with when you began the race your bank will go into a screaming fit and pull the plug, and this constitutes as 'game over' here. Failing a race by running out of time isn't penalizing though and you can simply jump back in and try again. You use credits earned between races to upgrade your car's abilities via APO (armor, power, offensive), which are bare-bones as upgrades come and simply make you more resistant to impacts, more horsepower, and dish out extra abuse when colliding into your opponents.

All races are won in three Carma fashions: Kill all pedestrians, waste all opponents, or complete all laps. The latter is reserved for ponces however and won't really give you a whole lot of credits but it's there to sate your particular needs, you weirdo. Murdering every ped is no easy feat however, but most levels usually have a Pedestrian Respawn or two (or three) somewhere and memorizing the locations of these after you wipe out a quarter or two of the population and going back for it can give you an extra edge. Participating in races is also done by a ranking system (which was brought back in Reincarnation/Max Damage) and you start at a lowly 99 with three races to choose from and the penultimate goal is to be number one, along the way will be more challenging environments with more unhinged opponents (and cops in APCs who just refuse to get out of the way). Getting hundreds of thousands of credits an event will move the rank much more (up to 5 increases max or none whatsoever if you're absolute tripe).

The player can choose between two drivers at the start and a difficulty determining starting time in a race, credits and bonus time earned from activities and how aggressive your opponents are. It's best to start on 'normal' and see how you fare, and if you're the kind of person who hides under the table during thunderstorms then easy mode should be right up your alley. Max Damage and Die Anna are the main 'heroes' of the Death Race and drive a similar model of car. Max's all-round great Eagle is better suited to rammin' and slammin' however whereas Anna's Hawk is a faster but less strong car. Nevertheless Carmageddon is an early supporter of equality, and all manner of men and women are subjected to the same treatment. Be it behind the wheel or roadkill in the street. Sometimes when you waste a specific opponent you have a chance of stealing and adding it to your collection. Some of these can be very powerful, others not so much. Beating the game will unlock every single one, including those labeled as 'cheat', your reward for being the baddest dude.

Visually the game is competent, with adequate detail for the environments, early 3D models for vehicles and props that are well designed and pedestrians are rendered as 2D sprites via digitized actors. Their deaths are often extremely gruesome, easily making this the goriest entry of the series even with later installments featuring 3D peds that can lose their limbs. Sound design is loud and crunchy, and impacts with the environment and opponents feel very raw, and the peds incredibly nasty and satisfying. The soundtrack also features four tracks from Fear Factory's 1995 album Demanufacture in instrumental only form, most fitting choice given the game's militant gameplay in a pseudo-apocalyptic near future world.

I have very few complaints with the way this game plays, maybe that it goes on for far too long (36 races) especially if you're trying to do the best you can on each race which can run anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour on average. Late game opponents become real damage sponges if you don't nick a better set of wheels (the Eagle/Hawk just won't cut it even at max stats) and cops are extremely difficult to waste and become very common near the end but if you manage to steal an especially hard to acquire ride in the event 'Blood on the Rooftops' you will know sweet, sweet revenge for all the trouble they were giving you early on and finish the last handful of events with pure bloody malice.

Carmageddon is decidedly British in its portrayal of humor, with plenty of tongue-in-cheek jokes, British slang, and raunchiness suited for a mature audience. Which only makes sense given the dev is UK based. There's plenty of pop culture references from the era, akin to games like Duke Nukem 3D (even has a reference to OJ Simpson here too!). This should've been more than enough proof that Carmageddon's intentions were never meant to be mean-spirited or shock jockery (a suggestion to add pregnant women peds was flat out no'd), just the kind of things that make the devs ♥♥♥♥ themselves laughing. And you can tell they had a great time putting this game together, a real labor of love. Carmageddon also has an equally humorous and interesting development history if you look into it more. If you think most racing games are too dull and traditional and you want to insert more mayhem in to your driving experience than this game comes as highly recommended! And if you still can't get enough the Splat Pack expansion has even more content to offer. The antidote to all racers.

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19.7 hrs
Posted: September 12
Even after 19 years its initial release, it still entertains me.
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22.1 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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5.6 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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0.9 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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