🎮 Check out The Top 10 Consoles owned by MobyGames community!

atari missile command
Not an American user?


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 DOS Treehugger act, a spontaneous one.
Carmageddon DOS Cops, cops, cops again.
Carmageddon DOS Just one of those friendly hugs.
Carmageddon DOS Cought in the middle of it.

Promo Images

Carmageddon Other Opponent portrait
Carmageddon Screenshot
Carmageddon Render
Carmageddon Render

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Ey, whassat on me windshield? Meh, just someone's intrails! Stijn Daneels (85) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Carmageddon is tasteless, completely ridiculous, uglier than Divine in a two piece... and its one of my favourite games of all time. Kaddy B. (796) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Fun x Fun = Fun² Goteki45 (352) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The first and best Carmageddon Gutter Snipe (26) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Though outdated, it's still one of the greatest racing games in computer game history. Zamppa (102) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
A great game for total unadulterated fun.. Chris Martin (1204) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
One of the best network racers around Steve Hall (348) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
One hell of a stress-reliever. Forbidden, sinful fun. Trixter (9115) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
For those who are about to experience this for the first time. We salute you! Gravesy (47) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Original, very bloody original :) Peter Cameron (2) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Retro Spirit Dec 18, 2008 6 out of 6 100
Mega Score Nov, 1997 96 out of 100 96
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Feb 23, 2001 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot Aug 08, 1997 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Action (Germany) Jul, 1997 82 out of 100 82
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
CD-Action Jul, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Jul, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 1998 68 out of 100 68


There are currently no topics for this game.


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.

Information also contributed by Emepol, emerging lurker, Floodspectre, hydra9, JayBee, Late, Ola Sverre Bauge, Ummagumma, Xoleras and Yeah No

Related Web Sites

robotriot (9068) added Carmageddon (DOS) on Nov 02, 1999
Other platforms contributed by GTramp (79478), Sciere (815779), Kabushi (257783), The cranky hermit (2947) and agaiz (3)
atari vcs