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.
Release Date: 17/10/2012
Available on: iOS, Android
Destruction and Mayhem Equals Profit in Carmageddon
Being a freeform driving title, Carmageddon features a variety of ways to win. The first is, of course, to hurry to the finish line by passing checkpoints. However, for those who want to play the game as it was intended to be played, this option isn't really the way to go. Wrecking every single one of your opponents plays more into the driving sensation's strengths and it's twice as satisfying. If you'd rather let your opponents destruct on their own, you can also focus on running down every pedestrian. It doesn't matter if they've two legs or four. If they're around, you can squash them to paint the concrete.
Accelerate, Destroy, Profit
To sum it up, anything that inflicts property and bodily damage equals profit. Be it smashing into other cars or spinning your vehicle around to slam it against a wall -- it's really the little things that matter in the world of Carmageddon. As if that's not enough to keep you busy, getting downright stylish and taking advantage of the deadly road setups to pull off stunts will also result in hefty bonuses.
When we say bonuses, we're not just referring to cash to be used for upgrades. Maximizing the mayhem also results in valuable time extensions for your run. It may not seem like much at first but you'll be thanking your lucky stars once you get into the groove and find yourself in choke points full of destructible goodies. Career Mode has 36 murderous levels located in 11 different environments which are designed to give you the satisfaction of pushing your competition off steep drops, creating your very own pancake stack of broken cars and giving in to your inner speed demon. If you're feeling a bit adventurous, then pulling away from the crowd can prove to be beneficial as time boosters are also hidden throughout the course.
Keeping those in mind, it is plain to see that the title excels when it comes to its unique game play. It promises unrestricted automobile carnage and delivers. That’s quite a feat considering how long Carmageddon has been around. Unfortunately, the same can't be said when it comes to the game's camera and controls. The jerky views remind us of a time when first-person shooters made people dizzy and nauseous. You do have options when it comes to control schemes (digital, analog and tilt) but in general, they are somewhat slippery. This is fine when you're crossing your fingers for an unexpected style bonus but they tend to be a big headache when you want to do something specific. These two really didn't age as gracefully as they should have, which may be a big no-no for those who are used to the comforts of modern gaming.
The graphics have been updated a bit, with pre-lit environments and smoother rendering. These are great if you're into the overall look of old racing games. If you can't stand it and you only have eyes for titles like Real Racing 3 or Gran Turismo 6, well chances are you won't love it. There's also an in-depth Action Replay feature where you can keep track of everything with a simple swipe to the left. You can activate this anytime you wish so now there's no need to miss out on the action.
The Verdict: a Classic Formula for a New Era
Basically, Carmageddon is a classic. Fans of the original PC game that was banned way back when will likely appreciate this mobile port. Features, such as the Action Replay System, are enough to justify the price tag and give a heavy dose of nostalgia. On the other hand, driving sim fans who are expecting great graphics and licensed cars best look elsewhere. Play Carmageddon for the game play mechanics and the laughs, otherwise, maybe a newer title will be more your style.
Carmageddon is developed by Stainless Games Ltd.