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Your American Dream Starts Behind the Wheel of Your Own Big Rig! North America's open roads await! You ain't working for the Man any more! You're the owner of your own trucking business and you call the shots. Build your empire one rig at a time to dominate the roadways and outbid the competition. Can you handle the pressure?
Release Date: Dec 3, 2007
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About the Game

Your American Dream Starts Behind the Wheel of Your Own Big Rig!
North America's open roads await! You ain't working for the Man any more! You're the owner of your own trucking business and you call the shots. Build your empire one rig at a time to dominate the roadways and outbid the competition. Can you handle the pressure? Your American Dream starts behind the wheel of your own big rig.
  • Bid - May the best man win. Do you take what the company is bidding for a job or do you move on and lose valuable time? Remember - Profit is King!
  • Haul - Start behind the wheel transporting 45+ types of cargo–including livestock, chemicals, and mobile homes–cross country to bring in the big bucks.
  • Handle - These beasts don't drive themselves! Back up to loading docks, manage your fuel, and maintain your trucks in peak condition.
  • Dominate - Move it better and faster than your competition. Build your reputation coast to coast as you long haul across 48 states, Canada and now Mexico!
  • Grow- Build your business and add rigs to your fleet. Own up to 37 mammoth machines and trailers.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista
    • Processor: Pentium® 4 1.4 GHz or 100% compatible
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB AGP DirectX® 9 and T&L compatible video accelerator card
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c or later
    • Hard Drive: 540MB hard drive space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Input: Keyboard and mouse
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
705 products in account
33 reviews
13.8 hrs on record
First and foremost, this game DOES NOT support steering by mouse, despite some of SCS' even older titles doing so. Apparently there exists a third party program that enables it through emulating a joystick, but said program was last updated back in 2011, so who knows if it still works.

Now, despite the above, I still say it's worth grabbing a copy when it's on sale if you want to see what SCS used to put out back before ETS2. It works just fine on newer systems apart from the rare flickering shadow, and supports up to 1920x1080 resolution. The graphics are showing their age now, but the trucks themselves still look pretty good. Handling-wise, it's more arcade-y than ETS2, with the trucks coming to a tire-squealing stop and start often because apparently that looks cool. The player also needs to be more careful with this game, as there's cops everywhere with fines steep enough to bankrupt you in one ticket, and sleeping is a must. Tolls and weigh stations are present and work, with the weigh stations being skippable later on by installing an electronic pass if you choose.
Posted: August 25th, 2014
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
169 products in account
15 reviews
7.1 hrs on record
Bought within a set a long time ago and decided to play it again, so price isn't a factor in this. Also, I do not normally play driving games (racing or otherwise) and have not played Euro Truck Simulator 2 (newer by the same developer).

Pros:
- Surprisingly good traffic AI (although not very realistic), they normally slow down for ya, but had a guy run me off the road after a weigh station.
- Surprising depth and possible re-playability.
- Decent graphics for a 7 year old game.

Cons:
- Poor key bindings (did not have a steering wheel)
- Repetitive (as can be expected I guess)
- Difficulty entering cities from highways
- Bad camera angles

To elaborate, I enjoyed my few hours of playing. My time was spent making a delivery from Dallas to El Paso (something), El Paso to Albuquerque (Coal), Albuquerque to Dallas (Explosives). I found the West and East legs to be easy and tedious, with the north and south legs to be more difficult. I noticed that there's a way to buy many trucks and trailers as well as have contracts created for companies. I did not investigate the business side of the game, but do know it's there for another play time.

I used a key pad which had most of the keys bound to and found that the bindings were not terrible, but limiting. I could not use the number pad to answer radio calls and had no idea what each of the codes meant.

All in all, my biggest gripe was the limited access road to high way connections. When heading south on I35 from I40, I had to go through Dallas and come back around in order to reach my destination. This was the most annoying of the destinations, but I had a similar problem in El Paso and Albuquerque.

tl;dr: In summary, I would recommend this to someone who is a fan of the genre, otherwise I wouldn't. 4/10
Posted: June 30th, 2014
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
12 products in account
3 reviews
56.9 hrs on record
Good game ageing though. Best US truck sim out there.
Posted: July 12th, 2014
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
107 products in account
4 reviews
3.7 hrs on record
Good Game You just need time to play
Posted: May 30th, 2014
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
289 products in account
62 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
A really old game but it's a pretty good one! :D
Posted: April 25th, 2014
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
1,010 products in account
51 reviews
2.4 hrs on record
A classic truck driving game, especially fun if you're a fan of other truck simulator games such as ETS and ETS2 by the same developers!
While obviously not as polished as it's more recent cousins, it most certainly has it's charm and can still live up to an enjoyable driving simulator, especially for the cracking price this gem usually is at sales.
Naturally I recommend this game because of it's nice scenary, mission variety, controller support and just how well built it is. I haven't had a single crash with this game.
If you have a gaming wheel like I do with my Logitech Driving Force GT then you'll be happy to know you can also use them with this game. So what are you waiting for? Get trucking!
Posted: November 28th, 2013
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