Review: Arctic Trucker Simulator (Steam)

Arctic Trucker Simulator – officially endorsed by Alex Debogorski – takes you down the world’s iciest and most dangerous roads!

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Pros:

  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Graphic options: Resolution, Full screen,Graphics from basic to excellent and draw distance for trees and horizon.
  • Small download.
  • Dynamic weather changes.

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Cons:

  • Graphics are low quality and look very much like a bad mobile port.
  • Engine noise plays when on pause screen.
  • No physics at all.
  • Horrible music.
  • Menu with controller is slow and clunky and just not user friendly.
  • Side mirrors reflection is painted on.
  • Ugly dashboard textures.
  • No tutorial.
  • Lacklustre graphic options.
  • Mouse arrow doesnt go away when on controller.
  • Truck doesnt skid on ice or have proper crash detection.
  • No danger on the ice, Its like you are on a solid safe road. Only difference is you have obstacles to drive around.
  • Trailer just dissapears when you hit the location icon.
  • Basic colour chart for spraying your truck and it sprays the whole thing.
  • Ugly MS paint style logos.
  • Missions are just generic boring pick a load and drive to a point and drive back.
  • Night time driving isnt actually that dark and you don’t need to use your lights.
  • No traffic or wildlife about.
  • All trucks handle the same even after upgrades little changes.
  • No decent weather effects like snow, White outs or heavy rain.

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The Numbers
  • 3/10
    Graphics - 3/10
  • 2/10
    Sound - 2/10
  • 3/10
    Accessability - 3/10
  • 2/10
    Length - 2/10
  • 2/10
    Fun Factor - 2/10
2.4/10

Summary

For years I have been crying out for a decent Ice Road Truckers game. We got a small bite size sniff at it on PS Minis a few years back but it wasnt that good. I saw Arctic Trucker Simulator and thought this could be the one. Soon I realised the PS Mini game was better in so many ways. I mean this game just isnt fun, Has no ice road trucking scenarios or dangers. Driving on ice is a no go, No severe weather or white outs. The physics are non existent and its just so bland and dead. I really struggled to play it and I tried so hard to get more from it but I just couldn’t kid myself. In short this is not a truck sim game in anyway other than in name. It not even an arctic driving game, Its just a mobile port of a bland driving game with a lot of white scenery.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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