Feb 15, 2013
It is becoming almost commonplace to see major entertainment houses getting involved in mobile gaming. Disney brought Ralph and Merida to the small screen, and we also saw Bear Grylls reincarnated as a handheld protagonist. It makes sense to expand on one’s brand, so I’m sure the trend will continue, as Ice Road Tuckers seems to show.
It’s named after A&E’s reality show based on the harrowing work of truckers tasked with traversing the icy roads of frigid, remote Alaskan wilderness.
Ice Road Truckers is an infinite driving game that pitted ever-increasingly treacherous roads against mental reaction and physical dexterity. My job? Keep the big rig moving. Avoid obstacles. Collect coins. One button on the left or right pulled the truck in either direction, and tapping both buttons at the same time caused a boost of speed that revved the truck up, and was perfect for the ramps that appeared on either side of the world. There were also rock formations and huge trees that did their part to increase difficulty in the game.
The coloring was fairly stark, in that the developers were able to recreate the frozen desert one would expect with plenty of whites and light blues. This game didn’t have “wow” animations, but the landscapes looked fairly authentic. The sounds were okay, though the narrations were a bit drab, and I could probably have done more with sharper driving-type effects rather not the relatively subdued ones that came with the game.
The store had a bunch of stuff to buy with accumulated coins (including coins themselves, with real cash); there were different drivers, with different skills, temporary and permanent powerups and such.
For an infinite driving game, Ice Road Truckers is a cool time waster. The name recognition definitely does not hurt, and the pros mostly outweigh the cons, enough to make it quite enjoyable.