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Drive an assortment of vehicles around an arena and smash-up your opponents. The more hits made on opponents, the more points are rewarded.

Metal Maniax was produced by Atari Games in 1994.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Metal Maniax was produced include: 3-On-3, Hard Drivin's Airborne, Road Riot's Revenge, Beat Head, Cyberstorm, Primal Rage, T-Mek, Cops, Area 51, and Hoop It Up World Tour


Name Metal Maniax
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1994
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8674
Class Prototype
Genre Simulator
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 4
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Steering: Wheel with Force Feedback
  • Shifter: 2-position (forward, reverse) with button - Fire
  • Pedals: 1 - Accelerate
Sound Special Sound System
immersive 3D sound, thunder sound seats, qua
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

Drive around the arenas trying to destroy your opponents while collecting bonus time, points, and ammo. Damage is sustained to vehicles at the point of impact. By the end of a round, some cars look really crumpled.

Game Play

Once all the players have been destroyed, the victor is determined according to the number of points he or she has earned from bashing into other cars.

Metal Maniax KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Approximately 10 machines were built, all of which were supposed to be destroyed soon after the field tests were completed. One machine currently resides in the UK and is complete and working; another is rumoured to be in the private collection of Mike Hally (one of the designers). No others are known to exist, and by Atari's own admission, there should not have been any left.

Cabinet Information

This is a twin sit-down cabinet that is truely massive. The seats move with the action and slide around when hit. There are two speakers mounted on each seat plus the rumble sound of a subwoofer under your seat. There are speakers in the top of the cabinet giving you four points of audio, creating a 3-D surround effect. Interestingly enough, the name Carmageddon is written on the side art, but this game was released quite a while before the hugely successfull PC game.


This game failed miserably in a field test due to the sluggishness of the game play. It looks really nice and plays pretty good, but the frame rate never gets above the range of 25 to 30 frames per second, and at worst, it drops down to two or three frames per second. At the time, there were sleaker, faster games out, so Atari stopped its development mainly because of player dissatisfaction.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Metal Maniax Census

There are 14,912 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,532 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,200 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Scarce - There are 4 known instances of this machine owned by Metal Maniax collectors who are active members. Of these, 3 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a set of circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with an extra Metal Maniax circuit board for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 1 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


The machines were linkable. There was an extra stand that went in between the linked machines (four drivers total) which had massive starter lights (like a drag racing 'christmas tree'). These units were simply comprised of lights in a tall box moulded to the shape of the cabinets.

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