For those who do not know him, Truckers Delight is an irreverent, naughty and over the top video made in pixel art by Jrmie Prin, who appeared on MTV2 and has been seen by millions of people around the web. The success of this controversial work has given rise to a whole series of products and gadgets, from EP to merchandise: now, thanks to the Mobigame team (the same authors as the appreciated Edge), the official video game is also available on the App Store.
Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, Truckers Delight: Episode 1 takes up the very first moments of the video, in which the funny truck driver Jack chasing an attractive girl on the highway. The game seems to be inspired a lot by classics like OutRun, in which the player will have to avoid going astray or colliding with other cars, in an attempt to reach the next checkpoint before time runs out. Thanks to the accelerometer of the device, to move right or left it will be necessary to tilt it accordingly, while with a touch on the screen it will be possible to sound the clackson in the hope that the cars in front are fast enough to avoid.
The goal will be to chase the girl driving, trying to earn points by buffering her, avoiding the ever-increasing traffic and trying to get rid of the police. Some steering wheels will show up from time to time to put you out of the way, shooting and slowing down your run-up: the only way to get rid of them is to hit the cars until you KO them. There will be dangerous centaurs, ready to kick you in an attempt to push you against other cars, and which deserve the same treatment. There are also several power-ups to pick up scattered on the street: someone will make huge horns appear on your truck, allowing you to throw the cars blocking you off the track, another turns it into a rocket capable of making its way between the crowd and reach the next checkpoint in seconds.
Needless to say, the game picks up on Prin's bad and a bit out of touch humor: in fact, although the developers are careful not to overdo it (probably to avoid a removal from the App Store by Apple), they are still present some explicit references. Taking a particular power-up, for example, you can get a score multiplier by stripping a few girls along the way. The splendid pixel-art graphics, combined with the lively music that accompanies Jack's unbridled pursuit, makes Truckers Delight: Episode 1 a splendid game to admire and listen to.
An integrated ranking system allows you to keep an eye on all personal scores, those of your friends and those of all the players scattered around the globe. Based on the success of the application, developers will probably be able to decide to publish new episodes based on other clips from the original video.
ConclusionsRegardless of the good taste of the video on which it is based, Truckers Delight: Episode 1 is a fun race against time, characterized by excellent pixel art graphics and very catchy chiptune music. A few more power-ups would certainly not have spoiled, but the ever-increasing number of obstacles and enemies means that the player will soon find bread for his teeth.
Pro Gorgeous pixel art Fun and frenetic Irreverent but not at all vulgar
Versus Few power-ups
Graphics 9 Story 7 Audio 8 Gameplay 8 total 8.5
Price and availability Truckers Delight: Episode 1 weighs 9.7MB and is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad at a cost of ? 2.39.