Carmageddon: Reincarnation's pre-alpha Early Access is available for you to try out right now over on Steam for £19.99 of your finest British pounds, but Stainless Games have also been kind enough to send us five download codes to giveaway, along with five hilariously rude sets of magnets.
Ever wanted to spell out "Max Damage is fisting a velociraptor with tiny grannies" on your fridge? Well now you can.
To get stuck in and land yourself with a chance to win some Carmageddon Early Access and a sweet sheet of sweary sentence construction, all you need to do is pop a comment in the box below detailing your idea for The Greatest Carmageddon Power-Up Ever! Remember, there are three ways to win at Carmageddon -- Racing, Wrecking, and Running Over -- so be creative. We already have repulsification, pelvic thrusting, pinball wizardy, dancing pedestrians, turbo boosts, and kangaroo hopping... but what power up would you add to the game to make it even more awesome?
Let us know below, make sure you use a legit email address for your account, and be ready with a UK mailing address should you prove victorious.
We'll be running this one through to the end of next week until 3PM on Friday 4th April and we'll be picking five winners based on invention, humour, downright silliness, and how well we feel they'd fit into Carmageddon. Hell, we might even see which ones Stainless like and do it that way. Get creative, people!
Carmageddon: Reincarnation is out now for Early Access sampling on Steam, and to celebrate Stainless have made the original game free on iOS. It's still as much anarchic fun as ever before, and now you don't have to pay a penny for it.
We'll be keeping our eyes on Reincarnation, you can see some pre-alpha gameplay here, we'#ll have an interview for you sometime next week, and be sure to tune in later today onsite for our Carmageddon: Reincarnation giveaway.
Max is back! Yes, one of the original video game nasties is making a comeback and how we've missed its cathartic delights! Carmageddon: Reincarnation emerges onto Steam later this week, and you can pre-order the Early Access for $29.99, helping to shape the game's development into alpha, beta, and beyond.
It's in pre-alpha right now, and there's not a lot to the game at present, so it's looking like it still has some way to go. There's only one mode at the time of writing and two tracks, but there are six cars from which to choose -- all of them classics.
I have to say, that whilst the game might be pretty unfinished at the moment, the unmistakeable Carmageddon feel is certainly present. It's difficult to get a feel for the handling and the damage modelling in this pre-alpha state, but everything runs the way you'd expect, though the option of remapping some of the keys would be nice. Steering with the arrow keys and having the powerup default set to Enter is not great.
On the track it's business as usual, with three ways to win: come first in the race, smash all of your opponents to bits, or run over every pedestrian in the level. As you'll see in the video, I had an absolute blast. But don't mess with the police, seriously; they will be the death of you if you give them half a chance.Click here to read more...
I miss Carmageddon. I miss its ridiculousness. I miss the thrill of playing it as an adolescent. For every contentious game that would follow it, pretending towards some semblance of seriousness even in their controversial hypocrisy, Carmageddon remained a deceptively sophisticated title (the car physics, the destruction modelling, the sheer invention of some of the powerups) couched in utter anarchy and total catharsis.
Of course, now I have it on my iPhone, I don't miss it as much as I used to. But there's still room for more, I feel. And so did eighty thousand other backers. We have the rights, said Stainless. It's time to make a comeback (don't call it a comeback).
It's exciting times for Stainless, who've been wary of showing too much of Carmageddon Reincarnation thus far. "The minute we put something out there," said publishing director Jason Garber, "all eyes will be upon us. We don't want to put a single foot wrong here. We want to make sure that we do this right."
With the Kickstarter bubble bursting just a little and the realities of crowdfunding and potential pitfalls making themselves known by projects that have fallen by the wayside, Garber is keen that nothing gets lost in translation. He has a point; after all, you only have to look as far as the Xbox One to see how mismanaged communication can cost you in today's industry.
So I took some time at Eurogamer Expo this year to sit down with Jason and have a chat about how Stainless have cracked on after gaining the rights to their most infamous IP, how the new technology has afforded the development team greater opportunities than ever before,how the industry has changed since the original game first launched back in 1997, and what it means to the studio to be working for themselves rather than a publisher.Click here to read more...
Developer: Stainless Games
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast LLC
Magic: The Gathering is the original CCG and still going strong after two decades on the market. Its simple premise of playing Land cards to summon powerful monsters and spells is easy to grasp and understand, yet the constantly-expanding card library offer a near-infinite level of depth, strategy and complexity. Playing competitively is becoming increasingly expensive and time-consuming, but its dedicated fanbase continue to support each new release.
However, lapsed casual dabblers like myself have a new way of keeping up with the hobby in Stainless' annual Magic games. Robust without being unnecessarily obtuse, these downloadable adaptations give players a fun way into the hobby and a taste of the Magic experience that won't break the bank.
Magic 2014 may be yet another incremental improvement on the core Duels Of The Planeswalkers experience, but does ship with some interesting new tweaks to the formula.
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Stainless Games secured $625,000 for Carmageddon: Reincarnation during last year's Kickstarter campaign, but Bullfrog founder Les Edgar has now chipped in a whopping $3.5 million nitro injection into the war chest.Click here to read more...
The game that once caused an enormous public outcry because you could mow people (and cows) down in hilariously OTT fashion has been released on the App Store for FREE today as a thank you to Stainless' Kickstarter backers for the coming franchise reboot.
The deal runs for today only, so be sharpish about snapping it up. If you miss out, it'l only set you back £1.99, a all of the proceeds will be ploughed back into the development of Carmageddon: Reincarnation.
It's also rated 12+. As Stainless CEO Patrick Buckland put it, "how times have changed!"
It's been a painful journey for Stainless, retrieving the rights to their most notorious IP, but Carmageddon is coming back and, after ploughing a few hundred grand into the project to get it set up, Stainless have turned to crowdfunding to get Carmageddon: Reincarnation made.Click here to read more...