For a second there nobody knew how to respond. We were at a party thrown by the famed 1C Company, best known for their niche war and flight simulators titles so popular in Europe and the Eastern Bloc. As expected, the various presenters got up on stage telling us all about their newest games - King's Bounty, XIII Century: Blood of Europe, IL-2 Sturmovik, Dawn of Magic 2, Majesty 2 and so on so forth. And then, completely out of the blue, a game was announced that didn't fit the mold. The game was Rig'n'Roll, an 18 wheeler simulator that has you driving on the real roads of California. The audience was stunned. I'm not sure anybody knew how to respond.
Then came the applause. After letting the idea of Rig'n'Roll rattle around in our hollow game journalist heads, we all seemed to agree: This game rocks! Granted, they had been plying us with mixed drinks made from Russian vodka and Jell-o shots. And maybe we were starving for a good chuckle after seeing deadly serious games like Death to Spies. But whatever the case, Rig'n'Roll got the biggest reaction from this semi-drunk crowd.
After taking down a few more strong drinks and perusing the copious amounts of Slavic foods, it was time to do the one thing everybody tells you not to do: Drink and drive. With my strong chocolate mixed drink in hand, I made my way over to Rig'n'Roll. I had three goals while playing through the short demo of this driving simulator. First I wanted to go through as straight as possible, try to abide by the rules of the road and deliver my cargo (lemons). Then, after I had completely bored everybody around me, I wanted to see if I could break this game. I'm talking about ramming into on-coming traffic, annoying the police, break some backgrounds and generally piss as many motorists off as humanly possible.
My third goal? I wanted to do both of these things without getting arrested for drunk driving. Considering there was no virtual breathalyzer test in Rig'n'Roll, I felt pretty safe tooling around the streets of California with a drink in hand.
I was immediately surprised by this truck driving game. While walking over to the demo I was under the impression that this would be nothing more than an 18 wheeler simulator, along the same lines as one of those straight laced flight simulator games on the PC where all you do is pilot from point A to B. But no, in Rig'n'Roll you are in a high speed race. Okay, maybe high speed is pushing it, but you are definitely in a race. You play against several other trucks trying to deliver identical cargo. Is this how real trucking works? If so, then that's really a terrible way to ship things. Somebody should do something about that.
But I digress; my maiden voyage was a simple affair. I did my best to abide by the rules of the road and not annoy the other motorists. I could see my objective, I needed to drive a few miles, get off on the overpass and then make my way to another warehouse. Once I've done that, I collect the money, grab another load and head off on another race to some far off California locale.