Rig 'n' Roll


posted 6/30/2010 by Cyril Lachel
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Obviously this is not Gran Turismo, so don't expect to get these trucks up to 200 miles per hour.  The truth is, most of the time you'll be lucky to hit 60 MPH.  Depending on where you're going and what you're hauling, you could average less than 40 MPH in a single trip, which can really slow down your travels.  The good news is that everybody else is in the same boat, so racing against the computer feels fair.

Of course, you don't have to abide by the laws of the road.  You can perform illegal U-turns, speed past your competition and run regular motorists off the road.  But then you'll have to deal with the cops.  This is not Grand Theft Auto, so don't even think about going on a high-speed chase.  It's better to just keep your speed down and stay in the far right lane.  And don't forget to turn your lights on, it's just good manners.

While I applaud the concept, things definitely start to fall apart the moment you realize just how time consuming this game is.  A job that takes you from San Francisco to Los Angeles will require hours to complete, which means that you'll be barreling forward in a steady momentum for more the better part of your day.  And that's just for one event.  There are shorter jobs, but you're still going to need to cross off at least fifteen minutes to a half-hour out of your day.  Thankfully this world isn't as large as the real California, but when you're driving 50 MPH for a solid hour, it starts to feel like you're really there driving.

To break up some of the monotony, Rig 'n' Roll will occasionally throw optional tasks at you.  For example, you can help a broken down motorists or even take a fellow trucker to the hospital.  There are all kinds of these missions you can choose, but beware, because they will take you away from your prime objective and even make you lose some money.

Speaking of losing money, every time you smash into walls or hurt your cargo, you will lose a little bit of money.  If you run into too much trouble you will need to hire a rescue crew who will fix up your cab.  And don't forget to hit the truck stops for gas, there's nothing worse than being one of those losers who has to sit on the side of the road waiting for somebody to help them out.  Plus, your clients won't be happy if you don't get there on time.

Another big problem I had with Rig 'n' Roll is how unfriendly the interface is.  The game seems to assume that I know my way around California's highways, because there's no map to check while you're racing up and down the 101.  Oh sure, there are road signs along the way, but they won't help you when you're asked to drive hundreds of miles to Bakersfield.  What I ended up doing was pulling up Google Maps on my laptop, which certainly helped me figure out where I was going.  To the game's credit they got the roads and directions right, I just wish I didn't need to go to an outside source in order to figure out how to get to some obscure little warehouse.
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