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Carmageddon - PC

by Interplay
Windows 98 / Me / 95
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00001QEP6
  • Item Weight: 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,255 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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The popular (and slightly notorious) racing game with a twist. Like the old movie Death Race 2000, Carmageddon allows the drivers to accumulate points not merely by skill shown on one of the 36 race tracks, but by the amount (and type) of pedestrians the driver is able to run over while racing.


"Members of the public, you now have one minute to reach Minimum Safe Distance." Truly, that's one of the greatest opening lines of dialogue ever recorded for a racing game.

Carmageddon touches that particular collective nerve that fuses the wholesome popularity of the All-American Racing Game with the homicidal singularity of the 70s cult film [Death Race 2000] into an onscreen experience that can only be compared to the kind of automotive mayhem that a five-year-old American male wreaks with his Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars.

The object: Win the race. The motive: Greed. The Rules: None whatsoever. Clear all the specified race checkpoints, destroy all the opposing racecars, or vehicularly murder every last pedestrian bystander within a three-mile radius. It doesn't matter; nobody cares... with the possible minor exception of the pedestrians.

Carmageddon uses a ranking system wherein players start at number 99 and move up, painfully and violently, in rank via a series of six-car races through more than 36 circuits - through the circuits, under them, and in some cases quite a considerable number of feet over them. The game is playable as a cockpit-view racer, but the third-person, follow-cam view is a vastly better way to witness the action, which ranges from the dead-on realistic to the absolutely ridiculous and back again without warning. From the go-flag, the competing cars are at each other (1,000 bonus points to whomever manages to cream the flag-waver on the way out), and for the first few moments the gameplay is usually little more than a dense column of outlandishly-designed 3-D vehicles (hopped-up hearses, low-rider Carz That Go Boom, banana-yellow stylized vehicular sharks, and nitro-burnin' dragsters, in addition to some 20 other types) all clashing and sparking and shrieking for pole position (the designers obviously channeled a lot of time into finding really unpleasant, metallic scraping sounds, some of which will put the sensitive gamer's teeth on edge with barely-formed thoughts of the dentist). Every car here can hit the century mark within a few seconds off the line, and the problems begin immediately.

Usually it's something like this: One car will break away to one side (either accidentally or with lots of help), begin to slip into a screaming spin, and instantly trigger a chain-reaction meta-collision involving every car on the road, most of the nearby pedestrians and possibly even some of the local livestock - and if nobody takes the hint, you can start the festivities yourself by love-tapping your lane neighbor, cranking the steering wheel or jamming on the brakes for no good reason. The result is berserk, absurd, epic, and comical at the same time - bright, candy-colored racecars sliding into walls, colliding with dense, metallic crunches, pinwheeling up icy slopes, spiraling through the air like two-ton footballs, plowing red swaths through clusters of screaming pedestrians, obliterating cows, plummeting off the sides of bridges, landing on top of each other and getting points for all of it (including cunning stunt and self-explanatory piledriver bonuses). You also never know if some joker held off on the accelerator and hung back there until he could get a good, well-timed ram at whomever may have survived the opening debacle in the most vulnerable condition - it's like an evening with the entirety of the [World Wrestling Federation], only without the same sense of personal safety and moral depth. And this is almost always before you've cleared the first checkpoint. Sometimes you won't even ever see the first checkpoint.

Of course, once you've escaped this messy opening, you can race against the clock to complete the circuit (picking up the odd extra few seconds here and there by picking off an old lady crossing the street), or you can concentrate on turning around, finding the rest of the competitors and destroying them. There are no ranged weapons here (with the exception of an anti-pedestrian ray gun power-up); all the combat is purely kinetic, and what promised to start as an honest race can degenerate into a series of jousts at 150 mph. Interplay claims that the "vehicles display accurate driving physics and realistic collision damage," and this is partly true - cars can do sideslips, bootleggers, J-turns, etc. - but what they don't tell you is that this realism only holds true at speeds of less that 20 game-miles-per-hour; beyond that, the collisions are catastrophic, the results ludicrous, with vehicles slamming off sloped terrain (or other cars) and flying for the game equivalent of a quarter of a mile. And, of course, there are bonus points for especially wild stunts, intended or not. The impacts, too, are beyond human or vehicular endurance. No matter - the point is, it's fun.

The points you earn translate immediately to money, which can be used for on-the-fly (sometimes literally) repairs. Nobody cares how far in debt you go, as long as you come out with a positive bank balance when the dust settles and the blood dries. And again, fun is the point here - if you're not having fun in Carmageddon, it's your own fault. Drivers can go off-road, explore underground caverns and quite a bit of the local airspace, short-cut, cheat, lay in ambush, trawl for power-ups (some useful, like time-adds, and some just plain silly, like the dreaded pinball mode), go human-hunting or even - if the mood strikes them - try to win the race the right way, by completing the circuit in record time.

Even those with very fast systems will be astonished at the load time for each track - upwards of thirty seconds, even with a medium install (alas, it's not even an interesting thirty seconds, just the same, static image that will likely become one of the biggest gripes for players). Also, the handling differences between cars often come down to issues of key-lag more than anything else. But this is not a racing sim by any stretch of the imagination. If you can keep that in mind, you shouldn't be disappointed. Carmageddon is visceral, violent, vehicular fun, no strings attached, no artificial morals or ethics added, and no artificial colors - just black, blue, and red all over. --Chris Hudak
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but too hard near the end March 12, 2000
By Tim E.
Carmageddon is an excellent display of software writing. There is tremendous attention to detail, everywhere from the twisting of metal on cars that you are running into, to the splatter of guts as you run over a pedestrian. It is perhaps the bloodiest game ever made because it mixes the reality of driving a car with the freedom of being able to do whatever you want when you are behind the wheel. If you want to hit an old lady with a walker at 100 mph while honking your horn to alert her so that she can cry out in fear with the realization of her impending doom--you have carte blanche my good man. It is an excellent catharsis, and I greatly recommend it. My only beef is with the third level of play. I can beat the first two levels but the time limits on the third level are too short to really have any fun. Other than that you will surely enjoy many hours of gory delight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down (on the keyboard) the best game ever January 6, 2000
I know. This is the best game ever. It's sequel can't even touch it. Tired of crashing the same way every time? Tired of being curbed when you try to run off the assigned track? Tired of running an unwinnable race against computer cars that can't be beat or beaten? Well WAKE UP! get Carmageddon! WHy is it so good, you ask? Physics Physics Physics, you crash determined by how you hit things, you MUST turn into that skid to regain control, blood makes your wheels slick, and yes, that light post can be brought down, but not without some work. Don't want to run the race? FINE, set your sights on the other drivers and KILL!
The end of other games will come to anyone who plays this over a network. Sticking it to the computer is one thing, sticking it to another real player? heaven.
Carmageddon will make you a better driver. I'm serious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST DRIVING GAME THAT'S MORE THAN A DRIVING GAME November 29, 1999
Once you try it there's no need for Formula Metal Rally Cross 2K.
Hands down the best driving game ever and by far, to this day, still the most entertaining game to play period. This sucker is old skool DOS and uses, essentially, arrow keys and the spacebar and STILL whips anything I've ever played! In fact, I seriously do not know how once you've played it, you could EVER play any of these crap driving sim games that feel like your car is made out of paper and steers like a baby carriage [an unfortunate problem with CARMA 2]. Just the feel of the cars is worth it, but beyond that, there's so much more -- wild powerups; earning the right to drive the cars you face; demolishing cops; and the pedestrian count is what warms a true gamer's heart after a stiff bout of road rage.
But on the other hand, if you're used to Grand Moto Prix Rally Cross or whatever, about the ONLY thing I could tell you is that if your idea of driving games is shifting, thankfully CARMA has NONE of this.
On the eve of this baby coming to N64/Play, just thought I'd set the record straight on the origins. [Man, I hope they don't screw up the best game ever too much.]
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most sick, disturbing game... ever! March 15, 2005
By Azpod
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
GTA can't touch this! Easily the game with the largest body count ever! If you're the type of sick bastard who'd enjoy squealing your tires on someone's internal organs, this game is for you! I first played it almost 10 years ago and I still occasionally pull out its old, dusty box and enjoy some unholy mayhem. Nothing made before or since has such realistic, yet enjoyable, driving physics. Nothing made before or since is as good of a way to blow off some steam!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I love this game. It's an underated arcade classic. And judging by the lack of reviews of it on this site, underappreciated. Maybe it was due to bad press. I know here in Australia they bad mouthed this on current affairs shows saying it encourage violence and road rage. Either that had a bipolar effect on the sales, I don't know, high or low??? Anyway this game made me fail high school because I kept on playing till the wee hours of the morning. Pure and simple - its a basic simple arcade classic with a simple concept and state of the art graphics. I love it, as without a doubt, it my favourite game of all time. Please make a PS2 version!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great game! November 23, 1999
By A Customer
This game is awesome! The graphics and sound effects are of good quality. The language is no worse than any other game rated "mature", and I did not find it offensive at all. Carmageddon provides a wonderful opportunity to release the stresses of everyday life and to ease the road rage that many of us feel after our daily commutes.
I would highly recommend this game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will only work on Windows 98 July 20, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Its a great and fun game, based on the movie "Death Race 2000" where you score more points by running over people.

Unfortunately as time marches on and Windows keeps getting more system resource hungry, this game will not work past Windows 98.

Carmagrddon TDR 2000 was the third installment, but will not work past Windows XP.
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