Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now

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Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now
European cover art
European cover art
Developer(s) Stainless Games
Publisher(s) Sales Curve Interactive
Composer(s) Iron Maiden
Series Carmageddon
Engine Blazing Renderer
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Release date(s) Windows
  • EU: October 12, 1998
  • NA: November 30, 1998
Mac OS
  • NA: April 1999
Genre(s) Vehicular combat, racing
Mode(s) Single-player

Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now is the sequel to the graphically violent vehicular combat video game Carmageddon, released in 1998. The game was developed by Stainless Games and published by Sales Curve Interactive. It has been released for both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS.


On the starting grid of the first level (Windows version)

Like its predecessor, Carmageddon II was subject to criticism for the level of violence portrayed in the game. It is rated 15+ by ELSPA. In some countries, the pedestrians (and animals) are zombies, and blood is turned to green slime: In Germany, aliens replaced the pedestrians. Internet-released 'blood patches' restore the original human pedestrians. The blood pack was later released in the United Kingdom in 1999, earning the game an 18 certificate.

Carmageddon II was one of the few racing games at the time to feature deformable models on its cars, making for more realistic dents and crashes. In fact, the player's car can even be bent in half, leaving the player to drive with only the front wheels on the ground. The car can also be sheared in half, causing retirement from the race if the damage is not repaired before the vehicle touches the ground.

As with Carmageddon, there are 3 ways to finish most levels:

  • Complete the race, passing every checkpoint before the time runs out
  • Destroy all the opponents
  • Kill every zombie/pedestrian in the level

As the player progresses through the game, sets of levels are gradually unlocked (10 in total), each consisting of 3 standard "Race, Wreck, or Wreak havoc among the zombie/pedestrian hordes/populace" levels, followed by a mission. Each mission has specific tasks that must be completed before unlocking the next set.

The time limit in the game is generous, and the player can kill pedestrians, crash into opponents, or do tricks to gain time as well.


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 80%[1]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 4/5 stars (PC)[2]
4/5 stars (MAC)[3]
Game Revolution B+[4]
GameSpot 7.8/10[5]
IGN 7/10[6]
PC Gamer (UK) 84%[7]
PC Gamer (US) 83%[8]
PC Zone 95%[9]

The PC version received "favorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator GameRankings.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  2. ^ Allen, Christopher. "Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now (PC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2014-11-22. 
  3. ^ Ottoson, Joe. "Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now (MAC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2014-11-22. 
  4. ^ Dr. Moo (February 1999). "Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  5. ^ Kasavin, Greg (1999-01-06). "Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  6. ^ Merriweather, Kip (1999-04-08). "Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now". IGN. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now". PC Gamer UK. January 1999. 
  8. ^ Durham Jr., Joel (April 1999). "Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on 1999-12-07. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  9. ^ PC Zone Staff (1999). "PC Review: Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now". PC Zone. Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 

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