By Edwin Velez
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on October 27th, 2016 for Xbox One, Also on PS4 & PC
Developer: Landfall Games Publisher: tinyBuild
Clustertruck takes the simple concept of getting from point A to B, and basically throws literal tons worth of semi-trucks into the mix. At first glance, it is a hilarious off the wall title (which it is), but the more you play the more you will realize that it is truly skill based. Players run and jump along the tops of these semi-trucks on a path to a finish line. The trucks themselves are (usually) also racing towards the finish line. You need to successfully navigate your way across them, while basically playing the most intense game of “the floor is hot lava”. Many of the trucks will not make the trip, and many levels will take multiple tries before you succeed. Thankfully, the formula is extremely inviting even with failure in mind. The games set up feels mobile in a sense, with levels being separated and repayable. When you fail a level, you can replay extremely quickly, with no loading time in between. This helps when practicing, as you can get right back on track and continue to perfect your path. The paths themselves vary a lot across the eight different worlds, each of which contain ten levels.
Possibly my only issue with the game is that the difficulty can be aggravating, but I only found that to be true on a few levels. The one that has had me stumped is level 7-5, in which the potential for success seems entirely luck based. It’s either luck, or landing a very, very precise movement that can only be lined up if the Truck Gods lay out the semi’s in your favor. Aside from that, I have no complaints. Its formula is addicting, the music is groovy, and it is just genuinely fun. It could use some more aesthetic flair, like maybe customizable truck skins or something along those lines, but otherwise needs nothing additionally. Clustertruck is a balls to the wall platformer that will test your skills to the fullest, but reward your hard work with a sense of satisfaction.
As part of our ongoing efforts to check out Switch port’s qualities, I recently decided to revisit ClusterTruck, the highly unique platformer that puts an emphasis on hand eye coordination and traffic jams of the best variety. The above initial review will tell you all about it, but what these notes are here to do is tell you about the port’s effectiveness. Now all this high octane fun is ready to join you on the go. With all the antics that happen on screen, I am happy to say that ClusterTruck is running like its fresh off the lot, and by that I mean smooth and seemingly no issues. No frame dips or graphical sacrifices are evident on my end, though I will say the game is a bit tougher with the JoyCons analog sticks versus that of the more tightly controlling Xbox One controller. If you are playing with a Pro Controller though, you should find your maneuverability to be a tighter. This version has all the bells and whistles, including the Halloween and Winter map sets which add even more to the mix. Fans of the game and newcomers alike will find this to be a suitable port, bringing ClusterTruck to your truck or really anywhere else you want to bring it!
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 7.5/10