Mark your calendars - Carmageddon will appear on Google Play next Friday, May 10th. The fine developers working on this decade-old port have announced that the game will be available free for the first 24 hours. If you need help remembering, they've offered to send you an email reminder. How nice.

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Carmageddon first debuted in 1997 for Windows and Macintosh computers. It has since been ported to the original Playstation, the Nintendo 64, and the Game Boy Color. A modern port appeared on iOS in October of last year, but the Android port remained MIA. That's no longer the case.

The game features 11 environments, 36 levels, and 30 playable cars. If you do choose to sign-up at Carmageddon.com before release day, you will be entered into a contest to win a free t-shirt and a free copy of Carmageddon on GOG.

Note: Considering free apps can't turn paid in the Play Store, we've reached out to the Carmageddon team to figure out what their plans were in that department. Their response was:

Sure, the free version will be removed after 24 hours and the Paid for version will be released. The same game but different apps. The  guys are determined to get a free version out, in line with their Kickstarter campaign, so this is a nice solution.

Since removed apps still show up for users who have already downloaded them, it may be an acceptable solution, as long as the removed free version and the paid version will receive the same updates. We have our doubts, but we've reached out for more info yet again.

Source: The Official Carmageddon Community

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    i guess it's hard to complain too much if the free version doesn't get updates, but hopefully that's not the case.

    • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

      They can't update it if they remove it.

      • nawa

        I think they won't remove it, but will do like Adobe with their Flash: hidden for new users, but available and updateable to current users.

        • rm_blogger

          They've already said they are removing it.

          • http://twitter.com/TheSeanK Sean Kauppinen

            The whole point is to get it in the free window. It's the full game!

      • JG

        If they provide updates for the free version, I'd assume they'd likely rely on Android's ability to side-load apps. Maybe have some kind of in-app "Click here to download the newest update" message pop up as needed.

        Of course then, I suppose, there wouldn't be much to prevent someone from just copying the downloaded .apk file to their favorite warz site for anyone who might have might have missed the 24hr free period to download...

  • basteagow

    HELL YES. Hello Twister!

  • Alex Flynn

    so if you uninstall it you lose it? Hmmm... Better than nothing I guess!

    • http://twitter.com/lusky3 lusky3

      Or, of course, Titanium Backup.

    • atlouiedog

      It should remain attached to your account and allow you to redownload from the My Apps section of Google Play.

      There was a free version of The Curse at Christmas that was removed after the sale. I purchased it on a different device and don't have it on my phone, but it's there and available for download.

      Interestingly, it's no longer listed there as a Christmas freebie, but an April Fools one. I guess that means they relisted the same free version then as well and took it back down. As far as updates go, the update for my free version is listed as April 5, but the latest version of the paid app in the store is April 13th. I don't know how well the free one has been updated, or if it can be updated when it's not actively listed.

  • ssj4Gogeta

    They could just make it an in-app purchase, with it being $0 for the first 24 hours.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That was my guess, so I was surprised they responded with a separate app.

    • http://twitter.com/TheSeanK Sean Kauppinen

      You can't do that on a free app to begin with.

      • ssj4Gogeta

        You can't do what? Have in-app purchases? There are many free applications on the Play Store with in-app purchases.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    You need to re-publish app to push updates, as far as I know, so the free version won't likely to receive any updates.

    • http://twitter.com/Sp1tfirestarter Marius Oprisan

      Doubt that. Don't think Adobe is republishing Flash, every time they update it. Should work in the same way as Adobe's Flash. Not available for new users, but attached to the accounts of those who downloaded it before and able to update it, as well as reinstall it. Flash can be installed on any new ICS device as long as you enter an account that installed it before.

  • Sinistar83

    I hope the android version will have some sort of multiplayer. I remember playing this on LAN parties on the PC back in the day.

  • Skylar Rachky

    I used to love this game on PC. can't wait!

  • alphatar

    regardless of free day 1 free,
    I'm sure the paid version will have more feature than the free one, sooner or later !

    so I should not rush on day 1, I guess.. :)

  • Colin Richardson

    There will be no updates for a "Removed" App.. So Free will be Free, and un-updatable.

  • Martim Cortez de Lobão

    Google Play is really really annoying in that sense. It would be so much better if apps were allowed to change between free and paid at any time...

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dstubbs28 Daniel Reid

      Eh, its a necessary evil

      • jaduncan

        ...I'm not really seeing why it's a necessary evil as much as a fairly arbitrary policy.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/104684441318752696089/about/p/pub Lokifish Marz

    HDMI/MHL+BTcontroller+BestBuy on a Sunday=Trolololol

  • http://twitter.com/TheSeanK Sean Kauppinen

    The biggest issue is how Android handles apps - you should be able to change pricing anytime - talking to my Google friends now!!!