Monster Truck Destruction ReviewPC
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- Game: Monster Truck Destruction
- Platform: PC
- Gamepad support: No
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Monster Truck Destruction is a racing/stunts game where you'll get to drive those huge cars all over a sports field and smash everything in your path while the crowds go wild with excitement. The creation of ODD Games started out as a mobile project and, due to its success, it skipped to the next step and traveled to your PC.
Monster trucks are enormous machines constructed using the chassis of regular cars fitted with huge tires that are connected to the body of the car with gigantic suspensions. They're shaped in all sizes, fitted with custom decorations, painted in shiny colors, and sent into an arena to race or wreak havoc.
Monster Truck Destruction is a game where you'll get to experience how it's like to drive such a beast while competing against AI opponents. The game is advertised as having tracks based on real life arenas as used by Monster X Tour, and it also relies on opinions by monster trucks experts who had a word to say in the creation of the game.
The game was ported to PC (from iOS) using Unity, and it's glitchy right from the beginning. The Unity window where you get to choose the resolution of the screen and the quality of the graphics (high and low) closes and then opens abruptly like nothing happened. Only on the second try will you be able to enter the game.
Once in the main window, you're greeted with a huge, rotating monster truck and several options while rock music blasts through the speakers (or headphones). There are lots and lots of custom monster trucks you can choose from; unfortunately, you start the game with a limited amount of cash (150K US dollars), so only a few models are available at first but, once you get enough money, you will be able to buy more powerful models.
The main competition features two branches: West Championship and the East Championship. Win them both and you've completed the game (if one can last that long). Each championship features eight levels and each stage consists of a Drag Race event and a Freestyle event.
Drag Race is exactly what it sounds like it is: race against an opponent on a difficult course filled with obstacles, and whoever crosses the finish line first wins the race. Because of their huge tires (not the poorly implemented controls), cars will usually deviate from the established course, except for yours and the AI controlled opponent’s, which drive impeccably every time.
In the Freestyle mode you'll find yourself alone in an arena filled with ramps and cars that are just waiting for you to unleash your monster truck driving skills. The objective is to create stunts, jump over obstacles, spin in mid-air, and to cause as much havoc and destruction as possible. All these added will create a score and, if you're lucky, the score will bring you a good place on the podium and lots of cash. Sadly, each Freestyle race causes some damage to your truck and cash will be taken out of your current balance to cover the repair expenses.
Cash can also be used after each event to upgrade your car's performance. To buy new parts you need to access your garage. Once there, you'll see the cars (which can be examined from all points of view), an upgrade bar with a few parts (intake, suspension, exhaust, transmission, engine block), and four upgrades on each and two buttons on top: Done and Upgrades. While the Done button gets you out of the garage, the Upgrades one is just useless and was placed there to distract me, I think.
Visually, the game doesn't excel in anything. The graphics are childish and make you feel like you're actually playing on your smartphone and not your PC. I can't even say that they are retro-looking, they're just below average. Not very much attention was paid to the details and the physics so, in consequence, the big wheels of your truck blend with the ground, the props, other monster trucks or cars out there, ruining any experience you might get from playing.
The bottom line is that the game has a lot of holes and not very many merits: limited in-game events, no option for multiplayer, no editor for creating new tracks or for customizing your truck, no controller support which almost every single racing game has nowadays, and the list goes on.
The realistic feel of the roaring spectators, the sound of metal being crushed under the weight of those huge tires, and the thrill of driving such a huge vehicle that Monster Truck Destruction wanted to bring to PC users is not there, and even if the game was free (it’s a $19.95/€19.95/£14.99 purchase), I can't say that I would give it another try. So if you like, dislike, or you just love monster trucks, don't try this game on PC!