Carmageddon 1 & 2
Phaseenergy posted a link to Carmageddon 2 in one of the thrads the other day. I though it would be a good idea to include it in the free games project as it would likely get buried in the other thread. I’d intended posting the original Carmageddon last month, but forgot after taking so many weeks off from regular posting. I’ll include a link to the first game and the Splat pack. There’s also a mega pack and Carmageddon 3 both of which I don’t think are abandonware yet. I have found some free download sites for those titles, but I’m not posting them because of the legal issues. The third in the series is graphically superior to its predecessors but by todays standards it’s still a decade out of date. Basically you’re getting more of the same from the third as you did from the first and second games. I’ve posted a video of the third one just in case anyone is interested in buying it
Carmageddon is the first of a series of graphically violent driving-oriented video games, inspired by the 1975 cult classic movie Death Race 2000. In Carmageddon, the player races a vehicle against a number of other computer controlled competitors in various settings, including city, mine 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...
Considered one of the best over-the-top action games ever made, Carmageddon is a revolutionary driving game that sets new standards in violent games, and is one of the truly timeless driving masterpieces. Steve Bauman of Computer Games magazine says it all in his review: "The debate over whether passively experiencing or actively participating in a violent act on your PC has any influence whatsoever on gamers will likely be renewed with the release of Carmageddon, a hyper-violent driving game. It combines driving and manslaughter in such a way that could be disturbing if it wasn't so completely exaggerated and cartoon-y. But we're talking about games, not psychology. The structure of Carmageddon is like most arcade race games - run a race, get money and upgrade your car. Each race features six cars. There is a timer that counts down; when it hits zero, the race is over. Unlike most race games, the way you increase the timer is not by reaching different stages, but instead by damaging other cars, or more often than not, running over pedestrians.
If the thought of killing people makes you squeamish, pretend the guys in suits are your ex-boss, the men or women in bathing suits are Calvin Klein m odels, the punker dudes are whiny Gen-X'ers, and perhaps most gratifying of all, the guys in white suits are those dancing idiots in the Intel MMX commercials. Play that funky music, disemboweled boy. There are three different ways to win a race: you can win it outright, by completing X number of laps; or by destroying all of your opponents; or killing every pedestrian in the environment (the latter is unlikely, considering there can be more than 500 in a race). For particularly inspiring deaths, you may be awarded bonuses for "extra style" or "artistic impression." The tracks have a lot of jumps and hills, and the inevitable flips and spins can result in a "cunning style bonus." Power-ups range from the typical (full repairs, extra time) to the bizarre (a "jelly" suspension or the "pedestrian extro-ba*t*rd ray"). Violence aside, racing games are all about physics, and Carmageddon has a perfect driving "feel." With a racing game, whether it feels realistic or not is more important than whether it's actually realistic, and the models for all of the vehicles in the game are perfect.
Each car has a completely different feel, with the small cars having tight turning radii and good handling, while the big, heavy cars turn slowly and tend to oversteer at the merest hint of a turn. As good as the car models are, it's the gameworld that really shines. The environment for each race is enormous and free-form. You can drive anywhere, with few limits (if you want to finish a race, you might want to stay on the marked portions of the track); and where most racing games are content with 3-8 tracks, Carmageddon gives you a remarkably generous 36 tracks. Astute drivers will recognize some of the environments as being duplicates, though the actual routes through the areas are different. If you like Destruction Derby, you ain't seen nothing until you've seen Carmageddon. Dynamic visible damage and the most amazing high-speed accidents make for a racing experience that is unlike anything ever seen on the PC. No game is perfect, and Carmageddon has a lot of flaws that can be considered fairly serious depending on the gamer. The game ships with both a DOS and Windows 95 version, and the latter version is a bit on the sluggish side (an understatement - it basically sucks). A high-resolution mode is only available with the DOS version, and can only be accessed via a command-line switch... Finally, purveyors of perfect 3D, the ones who'd rather talk about draw-in and such than play a game, will find a lot to complain about. Overall, though, the gameplay wins out, even in low-resolution VGA mode (some of us don't necessarily view this as a detriment). Lesser games would have been content with playing up the killing angle and ignoring the gameplay (see the upcoming game Postal), but the makers of Carmageddon have instead fashioned a brilliantly over-the-top racing game, one that would have been well-received even without the violence. A number of flaws that have nothing to do with its violent content keep it from receiving a higher score, but if you enjoy arcade racing games, Carmageddon is one of, if not the, best on the market." A definitely hall of belated fame entrant. You can also download from here Carmageddon Splat Pack, the official add-on pack that adds a lot of new tracks, cars, and 3Dfx support.
Video for Carmageddon:
Video for Carmageddon Spalt Pack
Carmageddon II is essentially the same as Carmageddon but with slightly better graphics. Whether this is a good or bad thing pretty much depends on how you liked the first game.
In case you need to be told, this game sends the politically-correct-o-meter flying towards absolute zero, perhaps only beaten by Duke Nukem 3D. The framework is a futuristic race inspired by Deathrace 2000 and The Cars That Ate Paris: The contestants, in sport cars, monster trucks, and other motorized abominations, are placed on a track, a real populated area. Getting to the finish line first is secondary, and in fact seldom happens; the real winner is the one to trash everyone else, running over pedestrians on the way for extra profit.
Review worth reading:
Video for Carmageddon 2:
Carmageddon 3 Video:
Carmageddon 2: (55.3Mb)
Click on the Download now button halfway down the page which takes you to a secondd page. Look for the yellow button with a green arrow and telecharger. You’ll need to make a note of the user name and password that unlocks the download.
Carmageddon Splat pack: (22.9Mb)