This is a new style of motor game challenge. It is about driving heavy duty vehicles, all manner and size, on the worst possible terrain. All terrain vehicles wouldn't have a chance on the majority of courses you get to try to drive round. I have tried several vehicles several times and have had a lot of fun but very little success. In fact it doesn't usually take me that long before I am totally stuck with my wheels and tires buried in mountains of thick gooey mud.
The game was floated on KICKSTARTER and received over 50% more than required in the amount of sponsorship.
The trucks are controlled as far as movement and direction are concerned by WASD plus a few other keys for turning on and off brakes, differential etc. There is a gear-lever in the bottom right allows you to change gear from Forward to Reverse but generally only when you stopped. If you are either moving on a level or downhill you can possibly change gear, but it isn't easy even though the gear uses a fairly regular gate system because you have to click the mouse so that you have a cursor, then click the cursor on the gear stick and drag the mouse down or up with the pointer remaining on the gear stick at all times. If you click and don't get a pointer then you will move the screen around changing the camera angle; you can also change the angle when there is a cursor if you hold the mouse button and move the mouse.
Below I have copied some of the text from the Kickstarter page mainly because the game designers give a good description of what their game contains. In essence it is just another driving game only this time instead of belting round roads or mud tracks at high speed you are struggling round jungles and mostly wet grasslands bouncing along attempting to keep the tyres out of the sunken ruts and on the harder ground alongside them whilst preventing the engine from stalling.
It's a heck of a challenge and the graphics really make it seem like you are driving in a really bumpy environment; I nearly got car-sick watching the screen bounce all over the place, and I used to drive a large vehicle (7.5 ton truck) for a living. The designers have certainly got the movement right for the real thing behaved just as badly on slippery terrain. It's true that I never off-roaded my van on muddy wet grass but I did drive it on icy and snowy roads.
You can purchase SPIN TIRES as a download for around £19.99. Normally I would say that's a little more than I would expect for a download, especially with the number of games currently available on the net but in this case you can see that you are paying for quality as well as a somewhat unique driving experience.
Produced by Oovee™ Game Studios, Spintires is an Intel(R) award winning off-road driving experience designed to challenge the player's skill and endurance. Take responsibility of operating large off-road trucks and venture across the all-terrain landscapes with only a map and compass to guide you. Featuring a unique terrain deformation system and interactive environment, Spintires is never the same - regardless of how many times you play it.
The wild off-road adventure begins in Russia, circa 1980-90. You are supplied with a soviet truck and a set of primitive tools for navigation. The task is to collect and deliver logs from deep within the wilderness, ready for shipment abroad. First, you must load the truck with the logs using the supplied claw crane, then using a map and compass you need navigate to your objectives with the logs secure to complete the objective successfully. Plot a course and navigate using landmarks whilst trying not to loose your precious cargo, becoming stuck in the mud or depleting all of your fuel reserves. Plans accordingly so that you can pass a fuelling out-post and stop by when required.
As I said previously, I haven't managed to get that far into the game as yet, but I continue to try and will do so until I get through or I lose patience; that's patience in myself not the game. I think there is not only longevity in SPIN TIRES as a challenge but there is also repeatability as each time you play the same scenario it is somewhat different.
Should you decide to play the same objective more than once, you will notice that each time you play you will have a different experience. This is because every asset has its own physical property that can be interacted with, or deformed. Adding different truck accessories to your truck will change the experience slightly too, since each accessory has its own benefit or some could actually be a hindrance. If you drive aggressively you will need to take the consequences that the vehicle will become stuck somewhere, or even topple over.
If you complete the objective successfully, you will be rewarded with ‘skill points’.
‘Skill points’ are rewarded for the following factors:
- Successful delivery of Cargoes (more is better)
- Cargo Damage (less is better)
- Fuel Usage (less is better)
In addition, ‘Bonus skill points’ are rewarded when:
- Secret Crates Discovered (more is better)
- Territory Covered (more is better)
‘Skill points’ can be used to purchase truck accessories in the workshop that can assist you in completing the next batch of objectives. These accessories include but not limited to the following:
- Extra Lighting
- Turbo Charger
- Engine Air Filter
- Extra Cargo Capacity + Trailers
- Tire Deflation System