Have You Played… Tricky Truck?

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In a perfect world this $10 masterpiece would be an easter egg embedded deep within the SCS truck sims. Ignore the fatigue-induced yawns and eyelid flickers in ATS or ETS2 for long enough and eventually your Scania or Kenworth would dissolve and be replaced by a crude blue crate-laden HGV. All of a sudden you’d find yourself hurtling down a ski-jump surrounded by giant bouncing spheres, or creeping along a winding mountain track bordered by shards of shatterable PCB.

Combining a top notch physics engine with dream-like landscapes and fiendish driving challenges, Tricky Truck encourages experimentation and rewards manual dexterity. Years of user creativity have filled the nicely integrated online level repository with mind-bogglingly diverse puzzles. The game starts innocuously with unspectacular parking tests, slaloms, hill climbs and descents. Before you know it, however, you’re jumping ravines, navigating collapsing bridges, activating elaborate cargo-loading mechanisms with delicate bonnet nudges, and dodging pendulums the size of small moons.

A puzzle that’s nigh-on impossible in the default rig may be merely maddening in a hatchback or pickup (Eight alternative vehicles are provided). Whichever ride you chose and level you select, a High Scores – or rather Low Times – table shows how others have fared when faced with an identical challenge. Because every time in the table is accompanied by an automatically uploaded replay, it’s easy to learn tricks from the proficient, the persistent, and the downright jammy.

Replays don’t always help though. I’ve watched hotcoffee’s miraculous Highway to Hell performance many times, but in hundreds of attempts never managed to emulate it.

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  1. Rufust Firefly says:

    It’s like Trials had a child with Stair Dismount, how have I never seen this gem before?

  2. Arnvidr says:

    Never heard of it. There seems to be a limited free version, and the video at the bottom of the page makes sure I will have to try this out! link to gravitysensation.com

  3. Skiv says:

    Yes I did. Lost the key some time ago, emailed the creator numerous times, he didn’t even bother to answer.

  4. SomeDuder says:

    Doesn’t wanna play nice on my Windows 10 installation. Depending on the options selected, you either get a blank screen, a flickering menu or the first frame of the fully loaded environment, but no actual screen updates.

    Plenty of Youtube scum playing it tho, if you want some laffs.

    • Arnvidr says:

      Worked fine on my Win10. Set everything to max and went for it. Had fun too! :D

  5. Spyglass says:

    Been trying to remember the name of this game. THANKS!

  6. Kenorkian says:

    Proud creator of Highway to Hell map! can’t believe I saw this after I made the map 5 years ago. Thanks RPS for the nostalgia! :)

  7. Element4ry says:

    Ah, this is still great game! Seen it from the beginning as well as created some levels. It’s a bit nostalgic when I look at my own levels from back then.