“ Developed and published by Sega, this is a truck driving simulation game. The object is to haul your load around four different stages using one of five different drivers (and thus trucks!). 18 Wheeler American Pro Trucker should be out in the UK in Febru „
A Taxi driving game seemed like a really boring idea, but then Sega had the idea and turned their madcap taxi title, called Crazy Taxi, into something quite brilliant. So, Hit Maker, the creators of Crazy Taxi (they're part of Sega) decided to take it one step further, adding 14 wheels to their main machine and release Eighteen Wheeler, American Pro trucker. Why did they do this? Well, it was released in the arcades and naturally they wanted to bring it the home console market, get them as much money and respect as possible, but essentially it's a brilliant fun arcade game - you may have seen it taking up most of the space, there's one in Alton Towers, probably one in an arcade near you. The game is far better in the arcades than on the console, but that's because the arcade was such a superb experience - a huge wheel, great graphics and great gameplay, similar to Crazy Taxi's style, but this time you have to choose one of 5 very large American juggernauts and deliver your load as quickly as possible. You have an opponent to beat, traffic to manoeuvre around, and basically, it's just like Crazy Taxi. But it's not as great as Crazy Taxi. It's slower, heavier and won't last you as long, but anything from Hit maker is worth a look, so I'd recommend at least renting this. The visuals are fantastic, the controls are good and the gameplay is great for a while, but you will complete the game within around an hour, which just doesn't bode well on the longevity stakes. There's not much to do once the game is completed, but it's a top-notch arcade game. Overall, a 3 star game, you should get it if you find it for less than £15.
This game is absolutly the best game made in yonks! - Advantages: Original, Trucks, Engine sounds - Disadvantages: Bit slow, arcady
If you ever fancied yourself as a long haul truck driver, this game might be of interest to you. Mind you, if you liked Crazy Taxi or other Sega racing games then you should take 18 Wheeler out for a spin. The game gives you control of a huge truck, racing from one point on the American map to another to try to deliver your haulage to its destination before your rivals do. On the way you will come across other traffic that can slow you down, as well as some bonus cars that can increase your time and the other trucks that will do anything to get to the destination before you, including smashing against you and causing you to smash through houses and into other cars. The gameplay is pretty simple on the main levels, try not to hit anything and get in the slipstream of other trucks so that you can fly past them, waving maniacally at the rival drivers as you disappear in a cloud of dust. Bonus parking stages can be a bit harder at first, but after a few goes you will get the hang of parking a truck at high speed in a small space! It is pretty fun while you’re driving along, the stuff stashed on your dash tends to slide around from side to side and you’ll end up shouting at your rivals as they launch a torrent of abuse at you from their window. It doesn’t move as quickly as other racers (they are huge trucks after all, not really built for speed!) but it makes up for that in the way the trucks handle and the great tracks. The graphics are pretty nice for a simple racing game, there are some great touches, like the objects on the dashboard and some great weather effects like dust storms and twisters that can even pick up your truck if you’re not careful! Smoke pours from the funnel in your cab and you can watch as your engine overheats when you’ve pushed that cab a little too far. Sound is average, giving all the meaty truck noises, but little in the way of Crazy Taxi style madness. The one problem
with this game is the length of time it takes to complete. Within a few days, even if you are a pretty bad gamesplayer, you will have the levels all licked and wonder where all the other bits went. Well, I was a little disappointed with this, but then I played the game against a friend and it was incredible fun. The two player mode runs as smooth as the one player and because you’ve got mate who’s as desperate as you to get to the end of the road, it all adds up to some crazy tactics in order to knock the other player into any objects available! This mode really saves the lastability of the game, it’s just one of those ‘pick up and play’ moments that you feel the need for after a night out and can be pretty entertaining. Still, it's a shame that Sega couldn't have made an effort to add some extra levels or options to make the game that bit longer, and the promised Online racing is notable for not being their at all. So 18 Wheeler is a fun little game, perhaps not in the same mould as Crazy Taxi and a little on the short side too, but it’s great to just chug along in a truck, shouting at the passers by and hogging the road like a true American truck driver, while smashing the other trucks off the road. Put on that stetson and those snakeskin boots, jump in your cab and start up your engine, 18 Wheeler is here.
I've been playing this one a lot in my local arcade after playing through Crazy Taxi, so I thought that the Dreamcast improt would be a worth while purchase saving me arcade £1's!! While the game is a fair recreation of the arcade game, I can't help thinking that there is actually no depth at all to it and that the gaming is over when you've completed it! With Crazy Taxi, the arcade thrill was there, but you were also treated to lots of mini Crazy Box style challenges which made the game have a greater last. 18 Wheeler is definitely best left in the arcade - its meant for the arcades, and shouldn't have been released on Dreamcast. The gameplay is almost identical to Crazy taxi, but this time you're in an 18 Wheel USA truck! Passengers become heavy items for delivery! It's got great visuals, and the sound is very good indeed. But it's almost as if the action happens so fast that the game runs out of energy and keels over when you're finished! It's worth spending £20 in the arcade instead because you get about as much relevant game time and its so much more fun in the arcade! No, there is a two player mode, but it isn't worth getting the game for this alone - if you want Crazy Taxi with 2players then pray that CT2 will have 2player modes! Not really all that great I'm sad to say. 3 stars though.
You’re probably aware that 18 wheeler isn’t actually available over here yet so today’s review is based on the Japanese import version. If you ever saw/played this game in the arcade then you’ll know what it’s all about. Get yourself in a truck, choose a trailer and get from A to B ahead of your rival. In the arcade at £1 a time that sounds like a pretty fair concept but does this translate well to the Dreamcast console? Read on my friend....... Eighteen wheeler is a truck driving game. You choose one of a selection of trucks/drivers all of which have slightly different characteristics. Some have a high top speed others have high torque (power) and then you get a fine balance between the two. At first you’re unlikely to notice the difference between them and you’ll probably end up picking the driver you like most or the truck with the nicest colour. You silly boy/girl. As you progress into the game the difference between the trucks will become much more obvious and your truck selection will become critical in deciding whether you win or lose. So, you’re in your truck it’s time to head out on that first mission. In your first mission you simply head out onto the highway and it’s time to beat your rival. As you get onto the roads/tracks there are a few things you’ll need to know. 1. Slipstream – if you tuck your truck behind another truck or large vehicle you will enter their slipstream which will enable you to go faster. As you catch up, swing out at the last moment to go speeding past them. Nice one. 2. Collisions – don’t hit other vehicles, this game is all about making money and if you smash up your truck you’ll lost valuable US dollars and that is not a good thing. 3. Bonuses – there are occasions when you DO want to hit other vehicles. Some will have time bonuses attached
(and in two player mode cash bonuses). If you hit one of these vehicles you’ll receive the appropriate bonus. Let’s face it, it wouls be a little dull if you couldn’t plough your truck into the occasional obstacle! You’ll notice that your rival will put up a fair bit of a fight to ensure that you don’t beat him and he’ll even insult you over the CB radio!! If you do manage to get to the finish in first though you can progress to the next level and as an end of level bonus you get to take part in a parking challenge. This is purely to add some valuable extra dollars to your score. You have to drive your truck into a parking space without causing damage or knocking things over. If you’re successful you’ll get more cash, if you knock everything out of the way then you won’t get much at all. You’re against the clock but these bonus parts are fairly simple – just take care. The two player mode is quite a good laugh, in fact it’s probably more fun than the single player game. Choose your trucks, choose a trailer (bearing in mind you get more money for the bigger/difficult ones) and choose a course to race on. This really is a great laugh and careful driving will soon go out of the window as you inevitably destroy other vehicles and buildings just so your friend doesn’t beat you. Brilliant. Graphics Not bad but nothing wildly magnificent either. There are some nice touches (check out that Tornado on level 2!!) and there is plenty to see in each level but overall it could be so much better visually. There is fairly frequent pop up which is probably unnecessary but it doesn’t exactly ruin the gameplay. Sound Pretty good actually, the in game music is absolutely dire but kind of funny and I guarantee that you won’t be able to resist using that big truck horn every 10 seconds. At the beginning and end of each level you
r ‘boss’ will tell you what to do and how you’re progressing and as mentioned above your opponent will even insult you using his CB radio. Overall A good game and it’s loads of fun but with only a handful of levels this is not going to last you very long unless you’ve got someone to play against on the two player mode. I’d recommend you rent this as it’s likely you’ll finish it in a couple of days. It’s fun, it’s clever but it should have stayed in the arcade. Sega have done some cracking arcade to Dreamcast conversions (just look at Virtua Tennis and F355 challenge) this however, is not one of them.
Another Naomi game receives the Dreamcast treatment but this one is different from the others..... In the arcade 18 wheeler was an immensely enjoyable game with its huge wheel and massive screen but the icing on the cake was without doubt the ability to use the horn and instigate a roar like no other and truly become the king of the road. Not to mention the arcade game had some rather nice graphics, sound effects and good playability. To a certain extent the Dreamcast version can be called a successful arcade port but it has one major problem. It's longevity. In an arcade the player only expects 5 minutes of thrills but at home we expect much much more and Sega seems to have neglected that fact. There are only 4 levels and these can be completed easily although each level has 2 different roots. Also the novelty of the arcade cabinet is lost at home. With that said the graphics in the game are good but there is a bit too much fogging for my liking. The sound effects are still spot on and the controls are simple. The trigger accelerates and brakes whereas analogue controls your truck. Tailing another lorry produces a slipstream which enables you to travel faster and crashing into special cars gives you a time bonus. That's it. Much too simple for the home market. However Sega has done an excellent job of convincing the player that he/she is actually driving a huge lorry and must wrestle with it around the corners. A rather nifty two player mode has been added and a special truck parking minigame but altogether these minor diversions don't last more than 2 hours. I cannot help feeling slightly disappointed cause Sega has had a great record of converting their arcade games, Crazy taxi springs to mind with its excellent minigames nad Virtua Tennis with the Circuit mode and costumes. I feel that if Sega had more time they could have improved the graphics and added much more longevity to the game. In conclu
sion i really hope they improve the game for its pal release since it has just been delayed till summer 2001. In it's current state it is hard to reccommend a purchase unless you are desperate to become a trucker.