4CR Plays – Monster Truck Destruction
I was really excited for Monster Truck Destruction after first watching the trailer. Growing up, I was a huge fan of the Monster Truck Madness series, and the prospect of a modern monster truck game with modern destruction physics seemed pretty amazing.
Unfortunately, the current version of the game is disappointing. Underneath a mediocre port there’s a really solid foundation of almost decent controls and surprisingly excellent physics. It’s the dated graphics and potential confusion for anyone not familiar with the actual sport of monster trucks that may be a turn off for some gamers.
Monster Truck Destruction is an Android port, and that unfortunately shows. The game only supports keyboard controls and the command to right your truck after flipping isn’t correctly mapped. It requires you to click an on-screen button left over from the touch screen version. You can however map keys to a gamepad with a program like XPadder to make the game much easier to control. Having done that the trucks control pretty well and both the driving and destruction physics are quite good.
The graphics, however, look like a budget PC game from five years ago. It looks worlds better than Monster Truck Madness 2, but hardly what you would consider current generation. The textures are low resolution, and the models are pretty low quality. Plus, the actual levels are very small, so there’s really no excuse for the game to look so dated.
I was disappointed that the game emulates actual monster truck events, rather than monster truck races, like the Monster Truck Madness series, but that’s a personal preference, not a complaint. It becomes an issue if you’re not familiar with actual monster truck events, as they aren’t well explained, and can be very difficult. Drag race is pretty straightforward but Freestyle either doesn’t make sense, or is just incredibly hard, because I came close to placing just once.
You can upgrade your trucks with your winnings but either I’m completely terrible at the game, or the upgrades are ludicrously priced. After a few events I was nowhere close to being able to afford any upgrades.
So, should you buy Monster Truck Destruction? Probably not. Unless you LOVE real monster truck events and are willing to overlook significant issues to play them on PC.
But you should consider voting for it on Steam Greenlight, as the core of the game is solid, but it needs some TLC for the graphics and controls, and some kind of tutorial. If the developers went even further and added Monster Truck Madness style races it could really be something special that would appeal to both monster truck fans and Monster Truck Madness fans. I sincerely hope that Merge Games addresses some of the issues, because the game really could be great.