This week saw the release of Stainless Games' cult-classic Carmageddon [Free / Free] to the App Store, and we even took it for a test drive in a TA Plays video yesterday. For the most part it's a solid port of a game that's definitely showing its age, but still offers a lot of entertaining moments for nostalgic fans of the original or people who just plain love brutal vehicular combat.

However, a nasty issue is starting to crop up with a significant amount of players who are losing their save progress in Carmageddon. Stainless Games has acknowledged the problem in our forums, and are currently looking into a fix. The problem appears to have something to do with Game Center syncing save files, and Stainless has even started a topic in their own forums which offers a couple of possibly helpful links as well as a workaround if you do end up with a missing saved game.

We have found in a few cases the following steps have made the save slot reappear. We are continuing to look into this issue to resolve it.

If you find your save data is missing, DO NOT MAKE A NEW SAVE.
Close the app including from the task bar.
Make sure you have a good 3G or wifi connection
Go to Settings and turn on Airplane Mode
Launch Carmageddon again
Close the app again
Turn Airplane mode back off again
Wait for either wifi or 3G single to connect again
Launch Carmageddon, saves should be present

Kind of a lot of hoops to jump through I'll admit, but if you've been pouring a lot of time into Carmageddon over the past couple of days it might be worth the trouble to see if you can recover a lost saved file. We'll continue to follow along with this issue to see if any other solutions pop up or a fix will be issued via an update, but for now it's something you should definitely be aware of.

Also, while the 24 hour window of grabbing Carmageddon has come and gone, a new lite version has emerged in case you want to give it a test drive yourself before plopping down the cash for the full deal.

  • iqSoup

    All I can do in that game is drive really fast into a wall, flip over, and then spend 30 seconds trying to figure out how to get the car upright again.  Then I close the game and play some Polara or Plicplic.  SOOO I don't care too much if my save gets erased.

    • MidianGTX

      Serves you right for driving really fast, genius.

      • iqSoup

        YA! How dare I drive fast in a racing game!!!  I'm such an idiot!!!  Games should be totally counter-intuitive!!!  I'm so dumb!!!  Flipped over cars are fun to look at!!!

      • amnesia

        Tap the clock to pause the game, tap recover car and continue (costs 2000 credits, but you can still do this, even if you don't have enough money), done. How old are you, 10?

      • Nicholas Pollender

        Who says it's a racing game?

      • iqSoup

        Maybe its a great amazing game when you give it some time--but it isn't very intuitive.  The fact that you apparently feel it isn't a racing game is proof of that--it sure LOOKS a lot like a racing game to me.  In my opinion a game that demands significant time before you appreciate/understand it isn't a very good game--especially in the iOS world.  Maybe I'm in the minority but playing it feels extremely awkward and counterintuitive to me.  I think the rest of you might be suffering from nostalgia blindness.

      • riChchestMat

        It looks like a racing game because there are cars and a guy who waves a flag at the start that you can run over for bonus points? At the start the game clearly explains the three conditions to win and none of those include being first over the line.
        The controls are just fine. Bonus points for slamming a pensioner into a wall from the side when doing a handbrake turn at extreme speeds.

      • Thaurin

        I guess you weren't a gamer back when you had to read the manual before you understood how to play a game...

    • palad

      Tap the display at the top of the screen (where the race clock is), and you,ll get a menu that has a button to recover your car. It will cost you $1,000 though.

      Beat to the punch by amnesia. Wait, where am I?

      • Lazlo Nibble

        You can also recover the car with a two-finger tap on the middle of the screen (using both thumbs is fastest). It's explained right on the help screen, for god's sake.

  • Blodia

    Any chance of a carmageddon review that DOESN'T include the words " showing its age"?

  • ramon31

    Also try launching the app from gamecenter that got my save data back straight away.

    • sheepdog108

      Didn't work for me.

  • Joe Oremus

    I've restarted the game four times now, only to come back and find my save has been wiped. Really hope they sort this out pronto, it's an amazing port.

  • Paracelse

    I can confirm a nasty bug. When I try to save a video, the Carmageddon app just crashes and sends me back to Springboard. Of course, my progress in the level is lost.

  • sheepdog108

    Nothing helps , my data been wiped almost every time I restart playing. I'm just glad I got the game when it was free