Monster 4x4 is a wii racing title that offers a 40 track racing series, mini games and multiplayer. The game also has lots of customisation options although there arnt many vehicles to choose from. This definatley a low budget wii title as everything about it feels cheap and done by semi-proffesionals.
The boxes front features two racing trucks jumping through the are with the title over the top of them coverd in tire tracks. The back of the box has the tagline 'rough rides, tough tracks and mean machines' and a few images summing up the different modes and features such as minigames and multiplayer.
The above quote about rough rides and tough tracks is very accurate, the game dosnt respond well to the wiimote and i often found myself crashing into walls, the tracks also have alot of glitch points, which must be what they meant by tough , as you will often get stuck unless you stay bang in the middle. The tracks however are all very different and there are many but it is quality not quantity im after.
The graphics in this game are bad, there are alot of jagged edges and the trucks look like toys that wouldnt be able to make it across a carpet let alone mud. The tracks are the same as bumps and dips are hardley noticable as they seem to have just thrown a load of brown paint along the track.
The sound is not reflective of the trucks, they all sound the same and at best are generic of other cheap racing games. The backing track is also very generic and does not come through clearly.
The way to unklock your different vehicles and tracks is simply to win the races as they come and soon you will have everything at your disposal, if you can put up with it .
The multiplayer mini games is the games small upside , it is fun to play and gives the game a different feel, the ride seems smoother and the explosions and effects are a lot tidier.
I wouldnt waste your money and at £15 its a ripoff
Wheather is driving on dirt or racing on a track, it can all be done in a monster truck. You can race you truck to earn points and then get addons and extras for you truck.
I find getting the points tho takes a long time and you really need some patience for it.
You use the controller on its side and use the 2 button accelerate and 1 to brake whilst rotating the controller to steer and if you have the Wii wheel the controller can fit into it.
The tracks you go through are very quick and there aren't really many to choose from.
You can also get more points by knocking loose thing over on the track.
The graphics on the game are quite very good and the trucks do work on the wheels, and the track look real, but at time the truck does go through some things.
The points you collect from racing and the points you get, can also buy you more power and features for your truck, of which you can then paint and add stickers to, to make it more personal and yours.
I think that the game needs more tracks to it tho and also be easier to collect the points.
This game is amazing to start with, you can drive round or race with other players. you can also collect point for doing thing like stunts on ramp by moving the controller or spinning it on the top of a ramp.
You then get 1st 2nd or 3rd place, which get you more points for coming 3rd or better. It get a bore after a while tho as its just racing the same track all the while tho. I think it could do with a big free land to drive your truck on, also to get the points it is very hard, so to improve your truck's handling or speed etc, you need to love the game enough to do it.
Overall its a good game, the graphics are good, it kept me going for about an hour to start with now it only keeps me for about 30mins. but it need to be easier to get the points.
OMG.....where do I start? You get a plastic steering wheel that takes off large chunks of your hand when you try to put it together.
Then place your controller in the wheel and...fall asleep!
OK...I'm being a bit unfair. Its not actually that bad. If you want to sit down with a couple of mates and drink beer and ....oh for goodness sake...it ain't even good for that.
I'm trying to be fair with this game. My kids hauled through 3 hours and several levels. Limited vehicles and terrain.
Apparently this is a port of a budget Xbox title, but I have not played it so I can not compare. This is a simple racer where instead of speed you get a Monster Truck. So run over cars, and make stuff go smash? Nope, very little running over of stuff but you do get "insane" (with a lot of plings) jumps.
Cheep. Really really cheep. I enjoyed the opening sequence (which tempts you in with the idea of running over flash sports cars, something I can not find in-game) but once past this you are in the land of the Ugly Cheep Cartoon Text.
You have to confirm everything, normally with a confusing message for which none of the options really make sense. For example the continue button asks "are you sure you want to exit". Finally it also does not auto-load or auto-save your game, something that no game should do. The save system is silly, rather than simply select a save slot then drop you back to the main menu, you select a save slot, get asked for a name (something you have already given), then it drops you back to the select a get slot screen. Did someone fall asleep in a User Interface lecture?
The game play really is Stock Arcade Racer. Do "tricks" to earn boost, never touch the break button and boost along the straights. Nothing what so ever wrong with Stock Arcade Racer, but nothing new or exiting about it either.
Steering: it is a fairly obvious step; make tilting the Wiimote into steering. Every racing game on the Wii will do it. Acceleration and breaking is done by the 1 & 2 buttons, or at least I think the breaking is done by the 1 button, it is not the sort of game that you break in.
To do said "insane" jumps you wiggle the controller as you jump in the way you want the truck to go. So a large O shape will backflip. I’m sure this worked well in the head of who ever designed it, but alas the transition from idea to implementation did not go smoothly, and so just feels clumsy and awkward.
You can also "Boost" (game play wises this appears to do almost nothing) by pushing the Wiimote towards the screen, this also is awkward to use.
It should not make a difference but it does. If I saw one advertised on its own I would not even consider it, but using it does make the controls feel better.
It would not be fair on the Wii to compare it to the latest 360 or PS3 wonderness, but we can compare it against the PSP. Burnout on the PSP has well crafted models flying round great looking tacks. They show what a talented designer with a low poly budget can do.
M 4x4 WC has simple and uninspiring trucks roll round a circuit that takes a passing nod to its supposed host location - Athens has some grey half-built buildings, a blue sky and a cardboard cut-out of an ancient Greek building in the skyline while Egypt has some sand and oversized tourist tat.
The few model animations are dull and limited but this is not surprising for a car racing game. The two-state destructible scenery consists of a few models badly and overly zealously placed around the track.
It is not all bad however; some of the effects are rather pretty. Boosting while offers little to the game play looks great. A motion blur effect is applied to the screen, given a nice impression of extra speed.
Now for the kicker, reading reviews on this game suggests it has worse graphics than its XBox counter part. One very much hopes this is down to budget constraints or pushed developers rather limitations on the platform. The Wii is in a bad position if graphically it can not keep up with budget XBox (original) game.
I was proof reading this review when I noticed I had left out audio, which is not surprising as it has nothing worth mentioning. It has no in-game music tracks, a single stock engine sound and some rubbish techno type stuff for boosts.
The game ships with ten tracks, none offering much in the way of variety, just different backdrops to familiar feeling tracks as all the tracks are built up using a very limited supply of base elements, the Flamethrower, The Bouncy Bit, The Bonuses and the Flaming Barrels with some turns mixed in for good measure.
The career mode has you go over each of the tracks in weekly races, other no variation in goals such as high jumps or even timed laps. It gives no sense of accomplishment with each win, but rather feels like a set of Quick Races added on as a "career mode" is needed for this type of game. Given that the intro sequence had you splatter sports cars and do a cool looking smash-the-lights chicanes I find the lack rather disappointing.
As you compete you unlock additional trucks (14 in total) and get points to spend on upgrades to your trucks statistics such as speed and handling. Not that well thought out, as if you spend it all on speed for one truck you end up making the game easier not harder, the first time I finished the World Circuit I was 20 seconds ahead of my nearest rival.
Value for money
A pound is maybe a little too far £5 would be a fine price for this fun but simple budget game, plus an extra £5 for the steering wheel. I paid £15 for it, but Game as it for £20, and Amazon has it for 35!
This game feels like someone said they needed a presence on the wii, what would be quick and cheep to port, and it done badly would not damage the IP. This has lead to Poundland gaming trash, it is enjoyable but still trash.
If you see it for less than £5 on eBay (including shipping) and nothing is on at the cinema, do think about it, it will give that five pounds worth of entertainment.
The game supports "decals" to customize your trucks, but no hint in the manual on how to do so.
The manual suggests you experiment to find out all of the insane jumps, but to be completely honest I have had no desire to do so.
Monster 4x4 World Circuit lets players control the world's most powerful trucks and go head-to-head in pulse-pounding off-road competitions all over the world. Whether you're grinding through the desert of Egypt, crunching up snowy mountains in Russia, or smashing up trees in California to make the ride a little bumpier for the guy behind you, keep your eyes on the prize: The cash you earn on the circuit goes to customize your trucks and build up your ultimate Monster machine.