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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's Front cover art work

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)

NamePhotoDriverInformation
Annihilator
"For Vlad, it's not the winning, it's the taking apart that counts. This car's speed is unbeatable...Just don't try to corner it."
Vlad
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
"With a Ukraine-manufactured monster truck and vodka-manufactured hangover, Ivan's black mood makes him a dangerous competitor."
Ivan the Bastard
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
"She's the self-crowned queen of the race scene, and her chariot is aptly equipped with wheel mounted blades."
Val Hella
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
"She's mean, lean and she's got a killing machine. Wanda's lust is primarily for blood - yours."
Wanda Lust
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
"King of cool, the laidback lord of lowriders is, however, inclined to turn into a slavering lunatic if the cat gets it's paintwork scratched."
Otis P Jivefunk
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
"He takes great pleasure in causing pain, and seems curiously keen to receive punishment in return. Who are you to argue?"
Kutter
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
"Stella’s got herself wired to the battery of her super sleek racer, she says it gives her an extra buzz... enough said."
Stella Stunna
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
"She's behind the wheel of one of the fastest cars on the circuit, And she'll take your breath away... for good."
Madam Scarlett
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
"He seems a friendly kind of guy, but appearances can deceive, and the way he guns that 4x4 along you’d think he was on the run!"
OK Stimpson
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
"He’s a hi-tech hi-spec speed freak who knows no fear. The Grungebuster is super-quick but super-twitchy, so Mech needs nerves of steel."
Mech Maniac
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
"Survivalist Ed wants to rid the world of Commies. But to him, everyone’s a pinko. His armoured station wagon’s a moving roadblock."
Ed Hunter
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
"Teutonic terror Heinz has a supercharged superheavy sport coupe with go anywhere tank tracks... Don’t get caught in his path!"
Heinz Faust
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
"Harry will try to win at any cost, so he can lavish the winnings on his pet pig, Squealer. Best stay out of his way if you can."
Halfwit Harry
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
"The mad ex-FBI agent will hunt you down with extreme prejudice if you dare to hit his heavyweight sedan."
Agent Orange
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
"Road-going gang of psychos, muggers & murderers who drive a variety of armored off-roaders."
Auto Scum
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
"Mad maximum impact fruitcake with a hydraulic neck and no crumple zones in his brain. Drives the Eagle, a car designed for rammin’ and slammin’."
Max Damage
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
"Road-going gang of psychos, muggers & murderers who drive a variety of armored off-roaders."
Auto Scum
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
"Halfwit Harry’s sister is as devoted to Squealer the pet pig as he is (and has the same single figure IQ)."
Burly Shirley
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
"Big truck, big guy...no heart. Don’s a disgruntled municipal worker and he drives a customized earthmover; hard, fast & heavy."
Don Dumpster
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
"Hammy thinks he’s a superhero, but actually he’s just another nut. He drives his own twisted creation with demented zeal."
Hammerhead
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
The Cops
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
"Road-going gang of psychos, muggers & murderers who drive a variety of armored off-roaders."
Auto Scum
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
"The funeral funsters will deliver you straight to hell in style with their nitrous snorting hot-rod hearse."
Brothers Grimm
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
The Cops Special Forces
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
"Crazed chem. worker Firestorm stole a company tanker and took to racing. The rig is big and the driver is brutal."
Firestorm
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
"Ed blew a fuse and went psycho. The crazed android stole a prototype prized racing coupe in order to cause high-speed carnage."
Ed 101
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
"This wacky guy favours the ‘supercar/monster truck/light aircraft/mole machine’ mode of transport. He’s about as insane as they come."
Screwie Lewie
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
"Like a rabid scrapyard dog, he’ll come baying for your blood and your engine oil. If he catches you... it’s hamburger time."
Psycho Pitbull
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
"Stig knows that what his car lacks in speed, it more than makes up for in strength and durability. And he thinks it’s beautiful."
Stig O'Sore
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
"Psychopathic stunner. Born in a body bag and raised in a morgue. Drives the Hawk - faster than Max’s Eagle but not as strong. Best suited to impacts with flesh rather than steel."
Die Anna
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)

NamePhotoDriverInformation
Annihilator II
"For Vlad, it's not the winning, it's the taking apart that counts. This car's speed is unbeatable... Just don't try to corner it."
Vlad
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
"Psycho surgeon Sawbones is almost always the first to arrive on the scene of an accident. Usually he caused it."
Sawbones
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
"Lady Bug-Smyth-Gery looks rather too sophisticated to be involved in this madness. You won't think that when she steams up your rear!"
Lady Bug
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
"Stig traded up from his old Volkswerker, to the latest model from the Porky Mo.Co. The Carrerasaurus is hard, fast and drop dead gorgeous..."
Stig O'Sore
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
"Since major brain surgery Mikey hasn't been himself. That's because he was given a murdering lunatic's brain due to an administrative error."
Metal Mikey
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
"Techno-crazy Su split from the Auto-Scumto indulge in some solo road-rampage. The Doozer packs a helluva punch, so watch out!"
Su Borg
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
Max Damage
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
"He's behind the wheel of one of the fastest cars on the circuit... and one of the softest. Catch him in a head-on and send him into orbit!"
Ashteroid
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
Die Anna
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
"It's chirpy Cockney Mike O′Kane, in the Killer Coop. Keep yer ′Mince Pies′ peeled, unless you want him to take that lance and ′Elephant and Castle′."
Mike O'Kane
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
"She's mean, lean and she's got a killing machine. This pussy has a lust for blood - yours."
Pussy LaGore
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
"Herman likes to have a good view of the road ahead, and hates getting caught in a traffic jam. Lucky for him he drives the Masher!"
Herman Monster
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
"Hippy nightmare chick Moon Child was raised in a Vegan-Pagan commune. A strict diet of pulses and free love sent her mad, and she Rebelled. Big time."
Moon Child
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
"The big man with the face paint is keen to introduce you to his pet ram. It's attached to a big stick and heading for ya at speed now!"
Big Daddy
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
"The mother of all truckers, this little old lady has more than a zimmer frame to defend herself with. It's pensioner payback time..."
Mother Trucker
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
"Distant cousin of Halfwit Harry and Burly Shirley, Helga has a pet Warthog - the love of her life."
Helga Shwein
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
"Ex-squeeze of Agent Orange, Synthea's taken to the streets in order to avenge the agent's untimely demise."
Sinthea
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
"Super slippery race ace Alfonso likes to look good, and his likes his car to look good too. Scratch that bright yellow paint at your peril!"
Alfonso Spaghetti
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
"This dynamic duo look like they're trapped in a timewarp. Flares, afros and a muscle car... it's the 'In-a-state '76' pair!"
Carkey & Clutch
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.

The player running over a pedestrian

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

Splattered a zombie

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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