Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now

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Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now
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UK PC Version CD cover
Developer(s) Stainless Games
Publisher(s) EU SCi
NA Interplay
Engine BRender
Platform(s) Windows, Macintosh
Release date(s) Original: November 30, 1998
Digital: October 17, 2013
Genre(s) Vehicular combat
Mode(s) Single player, Network Multiplayer
Players 1 - 12 players
Rating(s) ESRB: M
BBFC: 18
OFLC: MA15+
ELSPA: 15+ (cut)
USK: 16+
Media CD-ROM
System requirements Windows 95 / 98
166MHz CPU
16MB RAM
200MB Hard Disk Space
DirectX 6 2MB Graphics card
4x CD-ROM Drive
DirectX 6 Soundcard
IPX (for network game)
Input methods Keyboard & Mouse
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US cover


Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now is the sequel to the computer game Carmageddon, released on November 30, 1998. The game was developed by Stainless Games and published by Sales Curve Interactive. It has been released for both PC and Macintosh.

Carmageddon II is generally regarded as the best game in the series due to its improved graphics, improved physics and overall better gameplay. It is also the only game in the trilogy which does not have an official expansion pack.

Gameplay[edit]

Single player[edit]

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

  • Complete the race, passing through every checkpoint before time runs out
  • Waste all the opponents
  • Kill every pedestrian in the level

Three levels of difficulty are available to choose from.

As the player progresses through the game they unlock 'groups' of levels. These consist of 3 standard "Race, Wreck, or Wreak havoc among the populace" levels, followed by a mission. Each mission has specific tasks to accomplish, and must be passed to unlock the next group. The game is completed when group 10 is finished, and all cars and levels are unlocked as a reward.

The time limits are more generous than in the first game, and the player can kill pedestrians, crash into opponents or perform certain actions to gain extra time.

Carmageddon II was one of the few racing games at the time to feature deformable model removable parts on its cars, making for more realistic dents and crashes. The vehicles can be bent in half, leaving them with fewer wheels on the ground, and can even be sheared in half, causing retirement from the race if the damage is not repaired before the vehicle touches the ground.

Multiplayer[edit]

Main article: Multiplayer#Carmageddon II

Carmageddon II supports 2-6 players, over a LAN Network or IPX Network.

Characters[edit]

Main article: Category:Drivers in Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now

Carmageddon II features 40 Characters, each with their own individual vehicle - 10 more than its prequel. The player can only choose Max Damage at the start, but opponents vehicles can be bought after a race using Credits earned.

Soundtrack[edit]

Carmageddon II features a heavy metal soundtrack with songs from Iron Maiden and instrumental tracks from Sentience.

  1. Sentience - Finer Scale
  2. Sentience - Magnificent Speed
  3. Sentience - Machina Directa
  4. Iron Maiden - Man on the Edge
  5. Iron Maiden - Be Quick or Be Dead
  6. Iron Maiden - Aces High
  7. Iron Maiden - The Trooper

Censorship[edit]

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.

Changes from Carmageddon[edit]

Re-release[edit]

On October 17 2013, Carmageddon II was re-released via the Good Old Games online store.[1]

External links[edit]

Carmageddon games (cat)
Main titles Carmageddon · Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now · Carmageddon: TDR 2000 · Carmageddon: Reincarnation
Expansion Packs Carmageddon Splat Pack · The Nosebleed Pack
Console & Handheld titles Carmageddon (Game Boy Color) · Carmageddon (PlayStation) · Carmageddon 64 · Carmageddon (Mobile) · Carmageddon (Funsize)
Cancelled titles Carmageddon: TDR 2000 (Game Boy Color) · Carmageddon TV · Carmageddon 4