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Clustertruck Review

By Jess Lishman Feb 15, 2017

  1. Jess Lishman

    Jess Lishman Member Writer Editor

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    Clustertruck is a rather unique title from Landfall games and offers the player a truly chaotic 3D platforming (or Truckforming) experience. Your objective is to get from one end of each level to the other via jumping from truck to truck and not hitting the ground. Easing you into a false sense of security with the first couple of levels the game quickly starts to pick up the pace with regards to the difficulty. A highly addictive experience, Clustertruck features no depth or meaning, but is an awful lot of fun.

    The controls are extremely responsive and the gameplay is very smooth, yet punishing at the same time. You simply jump from truck to truck, using WASD to control your movement while you’re in the air and using the mouse to aim your jumps. This movement system is well implemented and feels lovely to play, making the game feel very smooth and strangely relaxing even when you splat onto the floor of the level. Failing the level will probably occur a fair few times before success appears before you, but thankfully the level reset is instant and there’s no drawn out, animated ‘you failed’ screen. Oddly enough there is some strategy involved amongst the madness as you engage in subtle tweaks and angle yourself correctly to fly through the level in the most efficient way. As you pull or air time or manage the odd trick the game rewards you with additional points upon completing each level. After you’ve gathered enough points you can unlock abilities that might help you though the levels or just add another layer of chaotic madness. Clustertruck also runs extremely well.

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    There are a number of campaign type levels that you can work through that take you through different worlds, as well as some extra levels available through the main menu and additional content available via steam workshop support. So after the main section of the game there is extra content, but the base levels themselves are a lot of fun and offer a reasonable amount of re-playability because although the general outcome of the trucks movements remains fairly similar during each level there are enough subtle differences to make each run of a level feel different. A lot of the level design is simplistic but executed very nicely.

    Graphically Clustertruck has a very simple visual style, but the clean, soft lines and the well chosen colors give the game a very sleek appearance with no distracting visuals to cause the player to hit the ground more often than intended. It is a very pleasing looking game despite the relatively basic graphics. A fine example of simple graphics being done very very well.

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    The game has no soundtrack as such, but the audio visual feedback is excellent and the sound effects overall are not too intrusive, adding to the chaos of the game without overwhelming the player and ensuring the game doesn’t really become frustrating at any point.

    Clustertruck has a very simple UI and the menus are all easy to navigate with the game being available in a wide range of resolution options. The UI and menus also look wonderful as well, continuing with the clean and simple visual theme that the rest of the game uses.

    All in all Clustertruck is an extremely fun game that easy to simply pick up and play in short bursts or sit down for longer stints. For livestreamers it also features Twitch integration, allowing your chat to select the conditions your levels may be under.

    Gameplay
    Graphics
    Sound/Soundtrack


    Pros/Cons

    Smooth gameplay
    Lovely visuals
    Extremely fun
    Potentially repetitive
    Slightly overpriced
    No music
     
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