Euro Truck Simulator Demo

By Jim Rossignol on September 1st, 2008 at 7:59 am.


And it’s pretty good. I mean it! I know that driving an HGV across central Europe was exactly the kind of activity you took up gaming to avoid, but SCS Software have somehow made a brilliant job of it. It’s about as close as we’re going to get to a really compelling lorry simulator – and that’s why you should play it, right now. The demo is a mere 116mb.

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  1. Po0py says:

    Do the trucks go “beeeeeep! beeeeeeep! beeeeeeep! beeeeeeeep!” when you try to reverse?

  2. Heliocentric says:

    now i can practise, err i mean simulate human trafficing people to the land of the asbo. The same dev made ‘bus driver’ i have to say its probably still their best ‘actual game’ to date.

  3. Meat Circus says:

    Hmmmm.

    Does it include realistic portrayals of the HGV driver lifestyle, like mainlining fry-ups, making friends by CB radio, sexually assaulting hitchhikers, etc?

  4. _Nocturnal says:

    Meat Circus: Now there’s a game of the year material!

  5. tackle says:

    I’m a “euro truck driver” in real life, as in driving a truck (mainly in Sweden, but also rest of europe) with trailer.

    I have mixed feelings about this game.
    First of all, it’s missing some key features, like:

    - The quest for food. Where will you eat? If you’re driving a truck without a fridge or if you haven’t had time to stock up, it’s always an issue of where you will chow down. Will you suffer the Polish local “Golonka” without knowing what you actually ordered? Will you try to survive on bananas and Digestive-biscuits? (I’ve done that).

    - Authentic roads. I tried starting out in Poland to get to drive on some dirt roads and to see some idiotic traffic behavior. Instead, the local traffic did NOT drive like idiots, instead I probably drove worse than them. They should, for authenticity’s sake drive 50 km/h faster than allowed and make very dangerous driveby’s on the highway.
    This time I actually felt safe driving in Poland. Weird huh?

    - I could drive from morning to night, without respecting the 4h30m rule. Which is, you can drive that amount before you have to take a break. And maximum 9 hours per day.

    - I couldn’t find direction indicators. Perhaps I just missed them.

    I must give kudos though to them for capturing the very essence of the job; It’s freakishly boring.
    And I felt right at home inside the “Valiant”, looking very much like the Volvo’s I drive at work.

  6. Bobsy says:

    Oh boy I’m excited.

  7. Rogue says:

    I’ve always wanted to be a truck driver, and now I can!

  8. Paul Moloney says:

    I coincidentally saw this at no. 2 in the play.com PC gaming charts and thought I had entered Bizarro World. I checked the price, thinking it was high-selling because of an extremely low price, but no, it’s a £17.99 title. Perhaps it’s because there has been absolutely nothing PC-wise to buy in the last 2-3 months? (Which makes the Sept release frenzy all the more crazy. Crysis:Warhead and Mirror’s Edge _on the same _day, Fallout 3 a week later?)

    Oh well, at least it gave me time to finally “finish” Oblivion (in the sense that I’ve completed the main quest, become Master of all, bought all the houses, and have more money than I know what to do with).

    But, driving trucks….. seriously?

    P.

  9. Cedge says:

    I giving this game a play based on the merits of SCS Software’s previous game Bus Driver, which, no joke, I absolutely loved.

    Oh, and to Paul Moloney above: Fallout 3 has been pushed back to the end of October, FYI. Play.com is bad at updating release dates.

  10. Ginger Yellow says:

    Does the simulation include going through the Chunnel?

    “Which makes the Sept release frenzy all the more crazy. Crysis:Warhead and Mirror’s Edge _on the same _day, Fallout 3 a week later?)”

    Don’t forget Spore.

  11. Meat Circus says:

    Fallout 3 can wait till I can get it cheap.

    Bethseda are hardly a full price/release day studio given their previous.

  12. The Hammer says:

    Hey…

    I might try this when I get home! You don’t need a steering wheel, do you? A mouse and keyboard will see you through Europe’s busy roads, right?!

  13. Jim Rossignol says:

    No chunnel, the UK isn’t included.

  14. Bobsy says:

    Gave it a quick lunchtime bash. WASD is not ideal for emulating a steering wheel. I pitied my virtual analogue’s poor, mistreated wrists for throwing the wheel back and forth so.

    Europe’s tiny! I made it from Switzerland to Milan in, like, no time at all. We have Google Maps these days; give me 1:1 scale Europe!

    EDIT: Oh, and tackle: indicators are [ and ]. I only bothered using them pulling into the Milan depot, because I was about to swing horizontally across a busy road and I felt the hapless Milanese motorists deserved a moment’s warning before I made orphans of their children. Interestingly, I had a mortality rate of zero! Go me!

  15. Mark says:

    Reminds me of that old educational game, Cross Country USA.

  16. hydra9 says:

    In all seriousness, I love SCS Software. I think they make great games (and in genres I never thought I’d be interested in) and will be getting this one ASAP. Good stuff…

  17. Ginger Yellow says:

    “No chunnel, the UK isn’t included.”

    Bummer. Navigating the queues at Folkestone might have been fun.

    Presumably some of those long Alpine tunnels are included. Should be able to get some good pile-ups there.

  18. Duncan says:

    wtf? Do you guys smoke crack?

    And they say PC gaming is dying… :-/

  19. deliberror mistake says:

    Is there a car equivalent to this game? I just started learning to drive and would like a nice respect-traffic-laws sim so I can get the hang of a clutch in a non-fatal way. It’d better have good stalling simulation too since that’s what I’ve mostly done so far. Any ideas?

  20. MrLipid says:

    I’ve long been a fan of SCS software. Shark: Hunting the Great White is one of theirs and it is a GREAT game.

  21. hydra9 says:

    Shark! was awesome. Pity it was so short, and it’s rather hard to get hold of now.

  22. Munin says:

    I love SCS Games’ truck simulators. They’re so relaxing to play. Put some Steppenwolf in and hit the road. It’s awesome. Others might find it boring, but I for one appreciate games that don’t have you shooting stuff and/or running from other stuff all the time.

  23. Seb Patrick says:

    So is this by the same people that did that Bus Driver game? I’ve got to say, guilty pleasure time, but… I loved that. It was a bit clunky, but it did pretty much everything I’d thought of back when I first went “Hey, someone should combine the mission-based gameplay of Crazy Taxi / GTA taxi missions with the extreme nerdy simulation of Train Simulator and make a bus driving game!”

    Incidentally, every time a game like this comes out, people make jokes about whether or not the game will include the popular bad habits of the people that do it in real life, in a startling display of observational comedy. Good to know some things never change.

  24. R. says:

    I wanted to be a truck driver for a while but my interest faded when I realised Six Demon Bags and potions enabling me to see things no one else can see, do things no one else can do most likely weren’t going to play any part in proceedings.

  25. Cigol says:

    Seriously – how do you park the damn trailers. Felt like my head was going to explode with rage after the twentieth try :D

  26. David says:

    Does this have a business management layer, similar to Haulin’? I couldn’t tell from the website, and I’m allergic to demos with a 1-hour time limit.

  27. Cigol says:

    No. You just go around hauling cargo at various rates of pay, using the money you can upgrade your truck, buy new ones and repeat the process until you get bored of trying to park a trailer correctly and decide to slit your wrists instead.

  28. Rich Tysoe says:

    See, I think this could form the basis of a great MMO, with a bit more work. if you had to compete with other players to get the good contracts, build up a guild/company system…

  29. David Kidd says:

    Eve with trucks? Genius.

  30. Bobsy says:

    Cigol: are you using the top-down camera?

  31. Mike says:

    This was quite good fun, but could do with being a bit prettier and a bit larger. Perhaps that’s unfair for the budget they presumably had. It’s quite soothing though.

  32. Wiremu Edmonds says:

    im from NewZealand and the SWIFT truck on this game has the trademarks of a SCANIA vice-versa is that posible or not.
    i thought that SCANIA trademarks where COPYRIGHTED
    or are they or did SCANIA copy SWIFT

    PUCK IM CONFUSEN SOMEONE ANSWER ME

    THNX
    N.Z.ER

  33. Luiz26 says:

    Hi I got a problem for play the game that I get from you.
    I have a Compact Vibration Feedback Steering Wheel GM-3200…
    http://www.trust.com/products/product_detail.aspx?item=15146

    But I can not play Euro Truck Simulator.

    When I open…. *Start* / *Control Painel* / *Printers and other Hardware* / * Game Controllers* / * USB Steering Wheel Properties

    Everything work fine All Buttons and All Axis ( up , down , left , rigth)

    When I start the game Euro Truck Simulator I go to Options and then I click KEYBOARD + USB STEERING WHEEL,
    only the buttons work when I click for setup.
    X Axis and Y Axis Wheel and Brakes+ Aceleration, doesnt work .

    Could you help me Please.

    Thank you
    Mr. Nunes
    divino_215@hotmail.com

  34. aldo_14 says:

    im from NewZealand and the SWIFT truck on this game has the trademarks of a SCANIA vice-versa is that posible or not.

    The SWIFT FLANGE truck is a licensed derivative of the SCANIA truck with a duel morphagon injected 6.2 Chufney/Cortisone engine and 3.4445667 flaherty wheel / axle bearings.

  35. Luiz26 says:

    As far that I know this brand SWIFT was supposed to be the SCANIA, but for some reason was exchanged.
    If you want those SWIFT trucks be with the brand SCANIA just go to this web site and download mods.
    http://www.trucksimulators.nl/download.php?list.16
    sorry for my english.
    I hope that has helped.

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  36. argi says:

    Hi i have a problem with the game.
    I installed the game.I choose country and when the loading goes to half the game closes.Does anyone knows how to fix it?

  37. Jim Rossignol says:

    Argi: I assume you have up to date graphics card drivers and all that jazz?

    Perhaps try that first if not, then reinstall the game.

  38. Wizkid005 says:

    Luiz26, did you check that it was setup with the in game settings?? this may help you

  39. aca says:

    i love that game

  40. Mark says:

    Hello, I am Thinking on Purchasing this Simualtor, along with a Trust Compact Vibration Feedback Steering Wheel GM-3200, Is this a Good Steering Wheel for the Simulator??

    Please get back to me,
    Markm2k8@Hotmail.co.uk

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  43. platon says:

    fantastic game for boys only

  44. DangusVideos says:

    Euro Truck Simualtor is a very nice, calming and, in some kind of way, exciting game. I have the Euro Truck Simulator Gold Edition, where you have to pay €52.000 to go to a new country. And the trucks are kind of expensive too.

    And I love taking the ferry over from France to Great Britain.
    The first truck that I bought was a green SWIFT. I think that´s a SCANIA, but I´m not quite sure, actually.

    Lovely and great game. I give it 10/10!

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