This past June Stainless Games announced that they would be releasing the cult-classic vehicular combat game Carmageddon to the App Store this year as a side bonus of their successful Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming franchise reboot Carmageddon: Reincarnation. We went hands-on with an early version of Carmageddon for iOS just last month, and felt that it was a faithful port of a game that hasn't exactly aged gracefully in many ways, but is still highly entertaining.

Well, Carmageddon [Free] launched internationally earlier today and has just become available in the US App Store. As promised, to say thank you to all the supporters of the Carmageddon: Reincarnation campaign, Stainless Games has made the iOS version completely FREE for the first 24 hours.

They're doing it right with this Carmageddon release too, as the app supports the iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod touch widescreen Retina Display, iCloud save syncing, and is Universal. It also comes equipped with Game Center leaderboards and achievements, a slick YouTube replay exporting feature, and tons of control options. That's all on top of the fairly comprehensive content of the game itself, and oh yeah, it's FREE.

If you were a big fan of Carmageddon back in the day, then you are no doubt smashing the download button with furious vigor. If you missed out on it originally, there's no reason not to give it a try for free to see if senselessly killing pedestrians with your car in order to better your performance is your cup of tea. Hey, it isn't for everybody.

Also, our forums have been filling up with impressions throughout the day, which are skewing towards the positive, so be sure to check that out as well.

  • Rirath

    I loved this game back in the day.  I was starting to worry this wasn't going to make it through the approval process - thanks for the head's up!

    • Rirath

      I'm actually somewhat surprised this doesn't have the mature content popup warning when you download it.

    • Tharle Apps

      What i know is when it was released back days, it didn't got the approval because of the bloodshed. The real game implies of killing people, later converted to zombies. This one most amazing game for people who like to play insanely. I am with you @twitter-5928242:disqus .

  • thesmashingone

    If anyone wants to know, the iCloud data saved by Carmageddon is of the Documents and Data type, so you can manage it in the iCloud menu.

    It's also really fun and has lots of gore. Works well on an iPod Touch 4G, so you guys don't need to worry about that.

  • Tropxe

    Definitely worth downloading at the moment. If its full price is more than £1.99, I'd say it isn't worth getting then.

  • rotopenguin

    Sorry, but I just don't see the charm. Every turn I take consists of breaking traction, sliding sideways to a wall, and start moving from 0 again.

    Angry Birds does this "sit and wait for ballistics to sort itself out" stuff better. Deleted.

    • swarmster

      Poor gamers. I know you put in a whole 5 minutes, but you should understand, actually racing in Carmageddon is an art. If you're not e-braking about a quarter mile out (taking out everyone on the sidewalks along the way, of course), you'll never make it.

      Hint: if your guy screams, you're going "too fast". Of course, ignoring the checkpoints and flinging yourself uncontrollably into a crowd of people and competitors on the other side of the map, only to earn yourself enough extra time that you can make your way back and still finish the race is a big part of the charm, too.

    • Jay G

      Thanks for the mini-review, miss-the-point-of-the-game-completely-guy...ugh, kids these days.

  • Dodjem

    Requires iOS 5.1. Damn I'm on 5.01

    • Laszlo Tuss

      Yeah, 5.0 support should be cool...

  • Goose

    "This game is being modified" 🙁

  • dylanmannen

    Now, if only true skate gets realised a bit earlier xD

  • Michael Matzat

    Hmmm, i don´t mind getting this game free. But should this be news? It´s a secret early launch as a thank you for the Kickstarters.
    Now everybody and their mother will grab it for free... i found this especially foul because of the level of ignorance or even hate TA tends to bring for iOS Kickstarters or crowdfunding in general. 
    You not willing to support them getting funded, but you are willing to help sucking their profits when they do a secret free launch for their backers. Not to classy. Not classy at all TA.

    • Tim Cant

      yeah Touch Arcade! Stop promoting developer's games!!! You bastards!!!! WHAT IF THIS GOT INTO THE FREE CHART!?!?!?!?!

      • Michael Matzat

        Free charts mean shit. When the game turns costly tomorrow it will disappear from these and there will be less buyers to get it on the payed charts.

      • Tim Cant

        I don't really think that's true, plenty of devs make stuff free to give it a bit more exposure. I certainly don't think TA are "hating" on crowdfunded developers.

    • Jacob Gehman

       Wouldn't there be better ways to give it away free to just a select group of people, then? Dunno if they could get enough promo codes to cover. But if it is free on the app store, then it is free game.

    • iqSoup

      I'm glad TA puts their readers' interests ahead of the kickstarters'.  Thanks TA--grabbed this one!

    • Maniacfive

      If they don't want it available free for everybody for 24 hours then they should've found another way of rewarding their backers.

      Also, TA brings their ire on kickstarters that are jumping on the bandwagon. The 'announce game for ios, then later on after a few other massive successes get loads of PR announce a kickstarter.' Ala Leisure Suit Larry.

      I don't see anything wrong with pointing out the evilness with that.

  • Spudboy2012

    Such good memories this game brings back. I can already tell after a few mins of play, It's gonna make all new wonderful memories.

  • Вася Робов

    graphics bad physics too! game 1997 is ready! nonsense

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    • Metroview

      lol and Google Translate is of no use...

  • loocas

    They also managed to slip in a "CUNNING STUNTWORTHY" into the preview images. Tee-hee.

  • nandreetta

    That Randy Quaid-looking icon brings it all back.

  • MidianGTX

    Playing this just makes me think about how much I want to go back to the Rush games. I imagine they'd be brutally difficult with touch controls as they were tough enough with controllers, but I'd have a hell of a time pulling stunts regardless.

  • jabbasoft

    Love it, does exactly what it says on the tin. Recalling many wasted afternoons playing this first time round, and it's free! 🙂

  • Timothy Polumbo

    this game has not aged well... at all....