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Carmageddon

Released 1997 · consists of 27 releases.

Carmageddon is an infamous racing game that puts the 'laughter' into the phrase 'vehicular manslaughter.'

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Carmageddon

First release date 1997
Platform Mac , PlayStation , Game Boy Color , PC , iPhone , iPad , Android
Developer Stainless Games Ltd. , SCi Games Ltd. , Aqua Pacific Ltd.
Publisher Interplay Entertainment Corp. , SCi Games Ltd. , Titus Interactive, S.A. , Aspyr Media, Inc. , Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc. , Halifax S.R.L. , GT Interactive Software Europe Ltd. , Softkey , Green Pepper , Stainless Games Ltd. , OziSoft , Ubisoft Entertainment , Arcadia S.A.
Genre Action , Driving/Racing , Vehicular Combat
Theme
Franchises Carmageddon
Aliases Carmageddon: The Racing Game for the Chemically Imbalanced Carmageddon: Fahr zur Hölle! Carmageddon: High Octane

Overview

Carmageddon is the first in a series of graphically violent driving-oriented video games produced by Stainless Games and published by Interplay and SCI. It was inspired by the 1975 cult classic movie Death Race 2000.

Carmageddon started out as "3D Destruction Derby", a banger-racing (stock-car) sim prototyped by Stainless. This was signed by SCi in 1995, but the banger-racing angle was quickly dropped and for a while the game was going to use the Mad Max license. This also fell through, and was replaced by the Death Race 2020 license, as a sequel to the original film that was being planned at that time. This is what introduced the running-over of pedestrians into the game.

When this license also fell through, SCi and Stainless took the decision to carry on with the game anyway without a license. The name "Carmageddon" was thought up, and development carried with the designers allowed unusually free rein with the content of the game, this could be why the game became so bloody.

Cars

Carmageddon (PC)

Name Photo Driver Information
Annihilator Opponent number 29
Short name Vlad
Race number 20
Top speed 420 mph
Kerb weight 1.0 tons
0 - 60 mph in 2.2 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 1
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability All
The Bear Opponent number 15
Short name Ivan
Race number 28
Top speed 150 mph
Kerb weight 1.4 tons
0 - 60 mph in 9.4 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 3
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability All
Cleaver Opponent number 28
Short name Val
Race number 21
Top speed 220 mph
Kerb weight 1.3 tons
0 - 60 mph in 5.5 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 2
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Merciless Cullwing Opponent number 17
Short name Wanda
Race number 69
Top speed 210 mph
Kerb weight 1.1 tons
0 - 60 mph in 6.7 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 2
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Caddy Fat Cat Opponent number 19
Short name Otis
Race number 9
Top speed 180 mph
Kerb weight 1.8 tons
0 - 60 mph in 7.7 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 4
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability All
Countslash Opponent number 16
Short name Kutter
Race number 7
Top speed 280 mph
Kerb weight 1.1 tons
0 - 60 mph in 4.1 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 1
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Electric Blue Opponent number 24
Short name Stella
Race number 17
Top speed 230 mph
Kerb weight 1.0 tons
0 - 60 mph in 4.5 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 4
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Fearari F666 Opponent number 26
Short name Scarlett
Race number 11
Top speed 270 mph
Kerb weight 1.1 tons
0 - 60 mph in 4.1 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 1
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Fraud Broko Opponent number 18
Short name OK
Race number 8
Top speed 170 mph
Kerb weight 1.9 tons
0 - 60 mph in 8.9 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 3
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Grunge Buster Opponent number 6
Short name Mech
Race number 16
Top speed 220 mph
Kerb weight 0.4 tons
0 - 60 mph in 3.3 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 3
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability All
Hevy Impaler Opponent number 9
Short name Hunter
Race number 25
Top speed 160 mph
Kerb weight 2.3 tons
0 - 60 mph in 9.6 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 4
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
King Merc Opponent number 10
Short name Heinz
Race number 4
Top speed 160 mph
Kerb weight 3.0 tons
0 - 60 mph in 7.6 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 5
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Lumberer Opponent number 14
Short name Harry
Race number 26
Top speed 170 mph
Kerb weight 1.9 tons
0 - 60 mph in 9.4 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 5
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Leadpumper Opponent number 2
Short name Orange
Race number 12
Top speed 150 mph
Kerb weight 1.7 tons
0 - 60 mph in 7.6 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 4
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Razorbill Opponent number 21
Short name Scum
Race number Skull / Piranha symbol (-3)
Top speed 210 mph
Kerb weight 0.6 tons
0 - 60 mph in 4.5 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 3
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Red Eagle Opponent number 0
Short name Max
Race number ♂ (100)
Top speed 200 mph
Kerb weight 1.1 tons
0 - 60 mph in 4.01 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) -1
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability eagle
Road Bratt Opponent number 5
Short name Scum
Race number Skull / (-1)
Top speed 220 mph
Kerb weight 0.6 tons
0 - 60 mph in 3.6 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 2
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Pinkpulveriser Opponent number 23
Short name Shirley
Race number 27
Top speed 170 mph
Kerb weight 2.0 tons
0 - 60 mph in 9.9 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 5
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
The Plow Opponent number 7
Short name Dumpy
Race number 24
Top speed 100 mph
Kerb weight 2.6 tons
0 - 60 mph in 14.8 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 5
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability All
Project X Opponent number 13
Short name Hammer
Race number 6
Top speed 210 mph
Kerb weight 2.0 tons
0 - 60 mph in 6.6 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 5
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Squad Car Opponent number 3
Short name Cop
Race number 500
Top speed Unknown
Kerb weight Unknown
0 - 60 mph in Unknown
Strength (1 - 5) -1
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Street Eater Opponent number 8
Short name Scum
Race number Skull / (-2)
Top speed 180 mph
Kerb weight 0.9 tons
0 - 60 mph in 4.5 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 3
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Stiffshifter Opponent number 12
Short name Grimm
Race number 5
Top speed 230 mph
Kerb weight 1.2 tons
0 - 60 mph in 4.2 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 2
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Suppressor Opponent number 4
Short name Cop
Race number 501
Top speed Unknown
Kerb weight Unknown
0 - 60 mph in Unknown
Strength (1 - 5) -1
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability Never
Tanka Opponent number 11
Short name Fire
Race number 99
Top speed 100 mph
Kerb weight 2.1 tons
0 - 60 mph in 8.9 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 4
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Tashita Coupe Opponent number 27
Short name Ed 101
Race number 10
Top speed 280 mph
Kerb weight 0.9 tons
0 - 60 mph in 4.2 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 1
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability All
The Twister Opponent number 22
Short name Screwie
Race number 12
Top speed 220 mph
Kerb weight 1.7 tons
0 - 60 mph in 6.4 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 3
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability All
Towmeister Opponent number 20
Short name Pitbull
Race number 22
Top speed 160 mph
Kerb weight 2.0 tons
0 - 60 mph in 9.1 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 4
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability all
Volkswerker Opponent number 25
Short name Stig
Race number 33
Top speed 150 mph
Kerb weight 1.0 tons
0 - 60 mph in 11.6 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 2
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Yellow Hawk Opponent number 1
Short name Anna
Race number ♀ (101)
Top speed 250 mph
Kerb weight 0.8 tons
0 - 60 mph in 3.15 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) -1
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability hawk

Carmageddon Splat Pack (Only added cars)

Name Photo Driver Information
Annihilator II Opponent number 29
Short name Vlad
Race number 20
Top speed 420 mph
Kerb weight 1.0 tons
0 - 60 mph in 2.2 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 1
Stealworthy No
Network availability All
Blood Mobile Opponent number 13
Short name Sawbones
Race number 911
Top speed 100 mph
Kerb weight 2.0 tons
0 - 60 mph in 9.6 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 5
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Bugutti Opponent number 21
Short name Lady B
Race number 88
Top speed 170 mph
Kerb weight 1.5 tons
0 - 60 mph in 4.5 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 3
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Carrerasaur Opponent number 25
Short name Stig
Race number 91
Top speed 180 mph
Kerb weight 1.3 tons
0 - 60 mph in 3.6 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 2
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability Never
De Gory'Un Opponent number 9
Short name Mikey
Race number 89
Top speed 150 mph
Kerb weight 1.6 tons
0 - 60 mph in 6.6 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 4
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Doozer Opponent number 8
Short name Su Borg
Race number 72
Top speed 120 mph
Kerb weight 1.9 tons
0 - 60 mph in 4.5 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 3
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability All
Eagle II Opponent number 0
Short name Max
Race number ♂ (100)
Top speed Unknown
Kerb weight Unknown
0 - 60 mph in Unknown
Strength (1 - 5) -1
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability eagle
Fearari F999 Opponent number 26
Short name Ash
Race number 51
Top speed 270 mph
Kerb weight 1.1 tons
0 - 60 mph in 2.1 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 1
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Hawk II Opponent number 1
Short name Anna
Race number ♀ (101)
Top speed Unknown
Kerb weight Unknown
0 - 60 mph in Unknown
Strength (1 - 5) -1
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability hawk
Killer Coop Opponent number 16
Short name Kane
Race number 64
Top speed 100 mph
Kerb weight 0.7 tons
0 - 60 mph in 7.2 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 1
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Killer Kitty Opponent number 17
Short name Pussy
Race number 83
Top speed 220 mph
Kerb weight 1.2 tons
0 - 60 mph in 5.7 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 2
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Monster Masher Opponent number 18
Short name Herman
Race number 155
Top speed 130 mph
Kerb weight 2.9 tons
0 - 60 mph in 5.9 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 3
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability Never
Piecemaker Opponent number 5
Short name Moon
Race number 80
Top speed 100 mph
Kerb weight 0.6 tons
0 - 60 mph in 7.0 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 2
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Ramraider Opponent number 11
Short name Big D.
Race number 8
Top speed 100 mph
Kerb weight 1.9 tons
0 - 60 mph in 8.9 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 4
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Rig O'Mortis Opponent number 210
Short name Ma Truck
Race number 74
Top speed 160 mph
Kerb weight 5.0 tons
0 - 60 mph in 7.6 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 5
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability All
Roadhog Opponent number 23
Short name Helga
Race number 436
Top speed 130 mph
Kerb weight 3.0 tons
0 - 60 mph in 3.9 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 5
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
The Sled Opponent number 2
Short name Sinthea
Race number 73
Top speed 150 mph
Kerb weight 1.7 tons
0 - 60 mph in 7.6 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 4
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Stiletto Opponent number 28
Short name Alfonso
Race number 71
Top speed 170 mph
Kerb weight 1.3 tons
0 - 60 mph in 5.5 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 2
Stealworthy No
Network availability Never
Stodge Barger Opponent number 14
Short name C&C
Race number 76
Top speed 180 mph
Kerb weight 1.7 tons
0 - 60 mph in 4.4 seconds
Strength (1 - 5) 5
Stealworthy Yes
Network availability Never

Gameplay

At the start the player must choose between two drivers: Max Damage and Die Anna. Each has their own cars which are essentially the same, but with minor differences. Die Anna's is yellow and is slightly faster, while the red one is Max's, which is slightly tougher than that of the yellow version.

In Carmageddon, the player races a vehicle against a number of other computer controlled competitors in various settings, including cities, mines and industrial areas. The player has a certain amount of time to complete each race, but more time may be gained by collecting bonuses, damaging the competitors' cars or by running over pedestrians.

Races are completed by either completing the course as one would in a normal racing game, "wasting" (wrecking) all other race cars, or running over all pedestrians on the level before anyone else.

The game was notable for its realistic and ground-breaking physics and for its in-game movie making features. It was also one of the earliest examples of a sandbox 3D driving games, and may have influenced later games including Driver and the GTA series.

Each of the games levels had a pun in the title. For instance, "I Scream in the Sun".

Game Boy Color Version

The Game Boy Color version of the game is played from a top down perspective rather than the traditional style. Instead of pedestrians, Carmageddon for the Game Boy Color has the player instead running down zombies. When the player runs over a zombie they explode leaving behind a green mark on the road.

Controversy

In many countries including Germany and, for a short time the United Kingdom, the game contained zombies or robots with green blood instead of people, as running over the undead was considered more acceptable by their respective ratings boards. In the UK, SCi wanted to gain publicity for the game by submitting it to the BBFC to get an 18 rating, even though this was not necessary as the game contained no video footage. This backfired when the BBFC refused to certify the game unless all blood and gore was removed. After 10 months of appealing, the BBFC certified the original version.

Technology

Carmageddon was developed using the Blazing Renderer (BRender) from Argonaut software. BRender was a 3D graphics engine that could be used to develop games for the Windows, MS-DOS and the Sony PlayStation.

Notable features of the BRender engine

  • Z-buffer and scanline renderer
  • Hierarchical, linked objects
  • Goraud shading
  • Multiple cameras and light sources
  • Collision detection
  • Sprite scaling and deformation effects
  • 32-bit libraries for Watcom and MS Visual C
  • Support for hardware accelerators such as GLiNT

Soundtrack

The game's soundtrack was a mix of 3 instrumental tracks from Fear Factory and 4 from Lee Groves. Fear Factory provided heavy metal while the Lee Groves songs were ambient tracks.

The CD-ROM on the game had Track 1 as the game data, while Tracks 2-8 provided the game's soundtrack while playing randomly through the game or playing in a CD player:

Track Listing:

1) Data Track

2) Fear Factory - Demanufacture (instrumental)

3) Lee Groves - Industrial

4) Lee Groves - Coastal

5) Fear Factory - Zero Signal (instrumental) [intro cutscene song]

6) Lee Groves - Desert

7) Lee Groves - Winter Wonderland

8) Fear Factory - Body Hammer (instrumental)

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Specific release details

Carmageddon
Carmageddon
Platform iPhone
Region United States
Developer Stainless Games Ltd.
Publisher Stainless Games Ltd.
Release date N/A
Product code None
Company code None
Rating ESRB: M
Minimum Players 1
Maximum Players 1
Resolutions N/A
Sound Systems N/A
Single player Features N/A
Multi player Features N/A
Widescreen Support No
Notes (Worldwide download release) (v1.0)

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