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Carmageddon is a violent car racing game where the racing element can be equally important as wrecking opponents' cars or gathering kills by ramming into pedestrians. At the beginning the player has only one car and is ranked at #99. The overall objective is to race all the way to the top, collecting the opponents' cars on the way as trophies (and possibly replacements to one's vehicle). In the race itself the player tries to damage opponents by driving into them, and can also kill pedestrians.

Damage, kills and spectacular moves earn credits for upgrades and even making repairs to the car at anytime during the race. If a specific opponent's car is wrecked multiple times in successive races, it is added to the choice of available vehicles. There are many power-ups strewn around the courses that range from useful (more speed, instant brake) to fun and downright absurd. Though the player can win a race by finishing first, wrecking everything in sight is encouraged. The game offers open environments where exploration away from the racing course is encouraged.


Carmageddon Android Head-on collision
Carmageddon Android Time to race!
Carmageddon Android Hey Max, keep calm!
Carmageddon iPad Race selection screen

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Carmageddon Other In-game car model
Carmageddon Screenshot
Carmageddon Screenshot
Carmageddon Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "חולה הגה" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Hole Hege" -- Hebrew title
  • "Carmageddon: Fahr zur Hölle!" -- German title
  • "Carmageddon 3D" -- Wireless title

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User Reviews

Ey, whassat on me windshield? Meh, just someone's intrails! DOS Stijn Daneels (85)
Carmageddon is tasteless, completely ridiculous, uglier than Divine in a two piece... and its one of my favourite games of all time. DOS Kaddy B. (796)
Fun x Fun = Fun² DOS Goteki45 (352)
The first and best Carmageddon DOS Gutter Snipe (26)
Though outdated, it's still one of the greatest racing games in computer game history. DOS Zamppa (102)
A great game for total unadulterated fun.. DOS Chris Martin (1204)
One of the best network racers around DOS Steve Hall (352)
One hell of a stress-reliever. Forbidden, sinful fun. DOS Trixter (9116)
For those who are about to experience this for the first time. We salute you! DOS Gravesy (47)
Original, very bloody original :) DOS Peter Cameron (2)

Critic Reviews

Pelit DOS Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot DOS Aug 08, 1997 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Action (Germany) Windows Jul, 1997 82 out of 100 82
PC Action (Germany) DOS Jul, 1997 82 out of 100 82
CD-Action DOS Jul, 1997 8 out of 10 80 DOS Feb 08, 2010 16 out of 20 80
FZ Windows Mar 17, 2007 4 out of 5 80
Macworld Macintosh 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Sep, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mac Addict Macintosh Apr, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Death Race 2000

The whole game is reminiscent of the 1975 movie Death Race 2000. The movie's premise is identical to that of Carmageddon. It featured David Carradine and a naive pre-Rocky Sly Stallone. And if you look at the main character's car, it is exactly like the main car in Carmageddon with a different paint job. Exidy's late 70's arcade game Death Race was another descendant of this movie.

German index

On October 31, 1997, the English version of Carmageddon was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. More information about this topic can be found in the game group.

German version

The German version had robots, not people. This was due to Germany's strict legislation regarding violence in computer games. Those robots are also hidden in the standard releases. Calling CARMA.EXE with the "-ROBOTS" parameter will replace pedestrians with robots.

Indian version

The cows in Carmageddon were removed from the Indian release.

O. J. Simpson reference

One of the opponents, "OK Stimpson", is a clear reference to American football celebrity and actor O. J. Simpson in name and likeness. The game also alludes to the murder trial Simpson was involved in, by showing stains of a red liquid on his shirt in Stimpson's portrait picture, as well as having him drive a "Fraud Broko" SUV, similar to the Ford Bronco involved in a police chase in relation to the real-world case. Most likely due to the legally sensitive nature of the topic, some of the references were removed for the US release. The driver was renamed "Juicy Jones" (still a reference to Simpson's nickname, The Juice) and the stains on his shirt recolored to orange.


The engine noises came from a variety of places. One was my '67 Buick. Another was a guy who happened to come and check my hard drive. He had a rally car replica, so we strapped a minidisc to the back and he drove it around the Isle of Wight at highly illegal speeds! The pedestrian squelching noises were made by my partner Bill, the design director. He refuses to admit how. We think they're some dubious bodily function."
--Patrick Buckland, interviewed in PC Review May 97


The soundtrack to Carmageddon consisted partially of music by the band Fear Factory, with the songs Body Hammer, Demanufacture, and Zero Signal. These tracks were off their album Demanufacture, but had the vocals removed for the game.

Starship Titanic

Carmageddon is listed in the "thanks" section of the Starship Titanic end credits.


In the level "Roswell that ends well" it is possible to find a UFO. Go to the top of the big pyramid, and jump into it. After your fall, you will be able to see it.

UK version

The game was only given a release in the UK after a palette change, converting the humans into 'zombies' with green blood (There were also 'zombie' cows, etc). Later, a patch was released, restoring the original palette.

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