User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

Carmageddon (iPad)

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Google Play description (Android):
    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 and available on Android phones and tablets!
    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!

    FEATURES
    • 28 dangerously deranged Opponents
    • 11 wildly exhilarating Environments
    • Career Mode featuring 36 satisfyingly violent Levels
    • Race and Wreck opponents to unlock 30 playable cars!
    • Multiple control methods: digital, analogue (mix ‘n’ match), tilt
    • Edit your control layout in game to your preferences
    • Comprehensive Action Replay System
    • Environment maps and other special effects
    • Enhanced pre-lit environments
    • Buckets of gibs
    • Tons of laughs

    Plus the opportunity to make in app purchases to unlock ALL the cars (apart from the secret one) and ALL the races!
    Carmageddon requires Android 2.3.4 or later.

    AWARDS AND RECOGNITION FOR THE ORIGINAL GAME
    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.

    SELECTED REVIEWS OF THE ORIGINAL GAME 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

    ABOUT STAINLESS GAMES
    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 well over fifty 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.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (15388) on Aug 22, 2014.

Print adverisement - PC Player 10/1997:
    CARMAGEDDON PRÜFUNGSFRAGEN
    TESTBOGEN


    Hinweis für die Beantwortung der Fragen: Bei Fragen mit vorgedruckten Antworten können eine oder mehrere Antworten richtig sein. Jeweils richtige Antworten sind in den dazugehörigen Kästchen anzukreuzen. Bei Fragen nach Zahlen sind diese in die dafür vorgesehenen Kästchen einzusetzen.

    Vom Schüler auszufüllen:
    Name:
    Vorname:
    geboren am:
    Prüfdatum:
    Ich versichere, die nachfolgenden Fragen mit allen, mir zur Verfügung stehenden Hilfmitteln beantwortet zu haben.
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    FUNSOFT

    Bemerkungen:
    STAINLESS SOFTWARE

    geprüft von:
    sci

    R= Rhetorische Frage

    K= Fangfrage (Achtung!)

    WSDF= Was soll diese dämliche Frage?!?!?!



    1. Was wird in dieser Situation gleich passieren?

    Es fängt an zu schneien und es besteht erhöhte Rutschgefahr.

    Die Fahrer steigen aus, fassen sich an die Hände und beginnen zu singen.

    Es wird gleich eine Menge Blech fliegen.

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    2. Was haben Sie zu tun, wenn Sie sich diesem Verkehrszeichen nähern?

    Geschwindigkeit anpassen.

    Geschwindigkeit drastisch erhöhen.

    Mit der Beifahrerin in ein entlegenes Waldstück fahren und die Sitze zurückklappen.

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    3. Sie fahren mit Ihrem Fahrzeug geradewegs auf diesen Unfall zu. Wie reagieren Sie in dieser Situation?

    Ich versuche, den Unfallort weiträumig zu umfahren.

    ...ääh...hmm....pfffft....weiß nich'!

    Ich löse meinen Gurt und fahre mit Höchstgeschwindigkeit hinein um meinen Crash Bonus zu erhöhen.

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    4. Was hat der Fahrer des roten Fahrzeugs hier falsch gemacht?

    Er hat sein Tempo vor der unübersichtlichen Kurve nicht gedrosselt.

    Er ist nicht schnell genug in die Kurve hineingefahren. Das schwarze Fahrzeug fliegt nicht hoch genug.

    Nichts! Der Fahrer hat sich optimal verhalten.

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    5. Was haben Sie bei diesem Verkehrszeichen zu beachten?

    Nachdem ich hier geparkt habe, muß ich das Papier hinter meinem Scheibenwischer entfernen, damit der Regen es nicht aufweicht.

    Ich habe dieses Schild noch nie im Leben gesehen.

    Sie dürfen halten, um Mitfahrer aussteigen zu lassen.

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    6. Wie reagieren Sie, wenn Ihnen dieser nette Herr in der linken oberen Ecke zu dicht auffährt?

    Da ich seine Visage nicht mag, versuche ich sein Fahrzeug zu zerstören.

    Ich habe Angst und wechsle vorschriftsmäßig die Spur, um ihn passieren zu lassen.

    Ich mache eine Vollbremsung und verursache eine Massenkarambolage.

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    DIES IST KEINE SPAZIERFAHRT! HIER ERWACHEN UR-INSTINKE!

    „Härter als Stahlgürtelreifen und schneller als die Polizei erlaubt“
    (Florian Stangl - PC GAMES)


    CARMAGEDDON
    Fahr zur Hölle!


    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (116346) on Apr 16, 2010.

titusgames.com:
    The year is 2026 and fatal toxins have polluted the earth’s atmosphere. Those humans lucky enough to get to the ‘Climate Emulation Centers’ in time, live in fear of the souls left on the surface-the “undead”-. The World Government has recruited drivers to deal with this problem. It’s called ‘The Carmageddon™’, a death race in which drivers’ race against each other for the ultimate prize: a new life in the sun-drenched beaches of the off-world colonies. As well as a way of dealing with the “undead”, it provides entertainment for the dwindling human population. You take on this challenge as Max Damage, a psychotic, cold-blooded killing machine. There is no second place – just life or death. Drive to survive and let nothing and no one get in your way.

    Carmageddon™… a crash course in survival !!!

  • Training level to prepare beginners for the destruction !!!
  • Over 20 slaughtermobiles.
  • 30 fully explorable tracks.
  • Power-ups and weapons.
  • Hidden bonus areas to be discovered.
  • Extreme multi-player gaming !!!



  • Contributed by Jeanne (75601) on Sep 17, 2007.

Back of Box - N64 (US):
    The year is 2026 and fatal toxins have polluted the earth's atmosphere. Those humans lucky enough to get to the "Climate Emulation Centers" in time live in fear of the souls left on the surface -- mutated, blood thirsty-zombies -- the "undead."

    The World government has recruited drivers to deal with this problem. The solution is "The Carmageddon" -- a death race in which drivers race against each other for the ultimate prize: a new life on the sun-drenched beaches of the off-world colonies. As well as a way of dealing with the zombies, it provides entertainment for the dwindling human population. You take on this challenge as Max Damage, a psychotic, cold-blooded racing machine. There is no second place. Drive to survive and let nothing and no one get in your way.
    • 30+ levels, including new mission levels exclusive to the N64.
    • 3 different 2-player game modes to thrash out including: Driven to Destruction, Checkout Stampede, and Eliminator.
    • A feast of hidden power-ups.
    • 23 Slaughtermobiles (even an ice cream van) including 3 hidden vehicles.
    • Bonus pick-ups to upgrade your car's engine or armor throughout the game.
    • Training Level to prepare beginners for the havoc and destruction ahead.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4617) on May 30, 2007.

PC Gamer magazine Vol 4. No. 7 - July 1997, pp.42-43:

    THE CARMAGEDDON XV5:

    520 HORSES UNDER THE HOOD.
    EVEN MORE PEDESTRIANS ON TOP.



    "Impact Car of the Year." - Car & Pedestrian Magazine
    "Best road-kill compacter in its class." - J.D. Cower & Associates
    "It slices, it dices, it wipes clean in a jiffy." - Consumer Contorts


    TRUE 3D, 360 DEGREE GRAPHICS ENGINE FEATURES USER-DEFINABLE CAMERA ANGLES, INSTANT REPLAY AND SVGA OPTIONS

    25 DIFFERENT VEHICLES, EACH FEATURING ACCURATE DRIVING PHYSICS AND REALISTIC COLLISION DAMAGE

    36 RACE TRACKS AND 5 DIFFERENT RACE ENVIRONMENTS FEATURE COMPLETE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

    NETWORK PLAY INCLUDES 7 MODES AND 3 UNIQUE TRACKS

    PEDESTRIANS = POINTS!

    Some race for glory. Some for money. Then there are those who drive for the sheer ecstasy of crunching bones against their bumper.

    Introducing Carmageddon. The racing game that separates the men from the grease spots on the road.

    Drive whatever you want, wherever you want, over whoever you want. You make the rules.

    ARRIVING JULY 1997!
    Available on PC CD-ROM

    Test drive the demo at www.interplay.com

    Stomach-churning realism ... crash, crumple, burn, skid, and jump in glorious 3D!

    Shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive means you'll never miss the big beach party again.

    Power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes, for maneuvering through pile-ups... or causing them.

    High-tensile-strength steel body panels provide the durability you need, impact after impact.

    CARMAGEDDON


    THE RACING GAME FOR THE CHEMICALLY IMBALANCED

    Product Information Number 198

    Contributed by Pseudo_Intellectual (44706) on Jan 12, 2006.

www.nintendo.com – Nintendo 64:
    The notorious crash-and-burn caper power-slides onto everyone's favorite home console.

    After Carmageddon PC publisher Interplay came down with an unexpected case of the willies, French publisher Titus snapped up rights to bring out the N64 version. After being in development longer than The Phantom Menace, Carmageddon finally hits the N64.

    In many ways your basic checkpoint-to-checkpoint arcade racer, Carmageddon PC raised hackles worldwide with the gratuitous featurette of having drivers run down pedestrians. For Carmageddon 64, developer Software Creations dialed back a tad on the mayhem. Now, the objects of your acceleration are swarms of lumbering zombies. Makes sense, too: What live human in his/her right mind wouldn't head for the hills at the sight of 4,000 pounds of thundering chrome?

    The wordy intro recounts how, in 2026, freakishly high solar activity zombified the vast majority of humanity. Condemned to a world without cable TV, the sentient survirors while away the postapocalyptic tedium by mowing down the undead hordes and, whenever they get a chance, T-boning rival drivers. The authorities look benignly upon such fun and games, even rewarding particularly impressive harvests with one-way tickets to off-world colonies.

    Despite the pop-eyed premise (which borrows heavily from '70s B-movie classics Death Race 2000 and Mad Max), Carmageddon plays far differently from your typical nail-the-A-Button racer. To squish as many zombies as possible, you'll find yourself backing up more often than a rookie outfielder trying to catch Mark McGwire's yard jobs.

    The Pak boasts 10 characters rampaging through 37 levels in more than a score of vehicles. Power-ups include the Replusificator and Helium-Filled Zombies.

    Extremely sharp corners, narrow tunnels and cliff-face roads without guardrails all put a premium on handling. Compounding your problems are the TNT canisters that litter the tracks. Even though the controls are extremely tight, the brake button plays a bigger part here than in just about any racer we've seen since NASCAR 2000.

    Carmageddon offers three versus modes. In Eliminator, you compete to harvest a zombie quota. Obliterating your rival is the objective of Driven to Destruction, while the winner of Checkpoint Stampede is the first to clear all a course's checkpoints in any order. The 10 multiplayer arenas include a junkyard, a quarry, an amusement park and a snowy mountain.

    One of the most controversial games of its time, Carmageddon is beginning to shows its age, most notably in the murky palette. The lack of an on-screen map makes it too easy to get lost, while figuring out how to use the power-ups is just too darn complicated. On the plus side, first-rate steering controls and the sensational premise should rope in a flock of mature gamers.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54617) on Aug 15, 2005.

Unknown Source:
    The most realistic driving game in the world - ever!

    Pit your wits and wheels against 25 maniac drivers over 36 formidable race circuits in your quest to become the King of Carnage and the Prince of the Pile-up!

    - Stomach-churning realism ... crash, crumple, burn, skid and jump in glorious 3d!

    - Total freedom to explore every circuit in all its detail for hidden bonuses.

    - Exchange credits on the move for automatic damage repair or better features.

    - Collide with people you know in the frantic Multi-player modes.

    Carmageddon ... it's hell on the streets!

    Contributed by robotriot (8637) on Nov 02, 1999.