In a post-apocalyptic wasteland of diesel and dust, bandits and mobsters rule the last remaining cities, controlling all vital trade routes and destroying any hope of a return to a lawful world. It's up to you, as the driver of a heavy transportation truck, to blast through the mayhem and deliver needed supplies to desperate towns.
User reviews: Mixed (337 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 8, 2005

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June 5

Лучший портал для поклонников Ex Machina!

Они поддерживают игру уже больше 7 лет.
Самостоятельно создают исправления и оптимизируют этот замечательный проект для работы на современных операционных системах.
Создают собственные модификации ко всем играм серии.
Помогают игрокам независимо от того, сколько они играли, помогают даже вне собственного портала.

Если вы ищете моды, ответы на вопросы, помощь, поддержку или общение, у вас только одна дорога!


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About This Game

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland of diesel and dust, bandits and mobsters rule the last remaining cities, controlling all vital trade routes and destroying any hope of a return to a lawful world. It's up to you, as the driver of a heavy transportation truck, to blast through the mayhem and deliver needed supplies to desperate towns. Your life depends on being the ultimate offensive driver, while making sure to keep your truck in top operating and fighting condition. It's kill or be killed in the world of Hard Truck Apocalypse.

System Requirements

    • OS: XP Only
    • Processor: Pentium 4/Athlon XP 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 128 MB
    • Hard Drive: 2500 MB available space
    • OS: XP Only
    • Processor: Pentium 4/Athlon XP 3 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 2500 MB available space
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
43.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
There are a lot of games on Steam, but once in a while, you browse the catalogue and discover a little gem hiding somewhere in the deep ends of the underated section. Ex Machina is one of those games, but let me start off by saying that this game certainly isn't for everyone, it's genre is considered to be a very acquired taste, but I would say it's worth the buy anyway just for the sake of trying it. I didn't expect it to be anything amazing given it's lack of popularity, but I was wrong, this game is truly brilliant.
If by some coincidence you were attracted to this game because you are a fan of Takara's Road Trip Adventure or Seek & Destroy (otherwise known as the ChoroQ games) like me, then you definitely shouldn't miss out on this, it brings the best of both of those Worlds together!

Ex Machina is about the young protagonist searching for lots of answers & vengeance, depending on the story options you go along with, in a post apocalyptic representation of north America. You start off with one of the weaker vehicles in the game but are given the oportunity to work your way up the ladder by getting coins for doing jobs or selling loot and scrap to people and villages thus giving you the chance to buy new vehicles or upgrade your existing one. Sell the dropped weapons of the enemy, use the money to buy yourself a bigger, better one! The game starts off a little bit slow, but the pace picks up over the course of the game.
Not much else can be said without giving away spoilers, but the story can be very extensive depending on what choices you make during your experience, this is something I really enjoy about Ex Machina, that there isn't just one set plot but rather multiple different routes and storylines that can occur.

The game has it's quirks, in fact, it is a very quirky game, it also has some minor annoyances such as some spelling and grammatical mistakes (this is due to the original version of the game being Russian resulting in a bad translation). The voice acting leaves much to be desired and the dialog is sometimes far from brilliant, but this game really does a lot more things right than it does wrong. The open world, the long story with alternate endings and plots, tons of optional quests, upgrades and weapon variety are something many games in this day and age can learn from. It really is a shame that this game doesn't have a very large community because it really is wonderful, even if it has somewhat dated graphics. There is also no warp function, meaning you have to drive to everywhere you need to go rather than magically appearing there with the click of a button, this can sometimes be tedious but is also another great addition to this open world game.

If you've been watching this, I highly recommend giving it a go, I can't promise you will enjoy it because as I said above, it definitely isn't for everybody, but it is certainly something unique. Some of the reviews on here and the "expert" reviews on other sites seem to be by people who tried the game for all of 20 minutes and decided to stop playing for some reason or other as they never go into any detail as to why they gave negative reviews, so I think rather than thinking twice because of what those people had to say, you should just ultimately see for yourself. That's what I did, I have no regrets.

Please do read some reviews however as it seems that this game has some trouble functioning on certain systems. I am running Windows 8 and the game runs flawlessly.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Good game.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I bought this game out of pure nostalgia and soon regretted it. It was a nice game in its own time, but I'm going to have to give it thumbs-down because its place is in a museum, not a store.

- big variety of cars and weapons
- car customization
- fairly interesting story

- utterly boring gameplay - 90% of the time you're just driving around from town to town in vast and mostly void locations occasionally fighting some bandits. Many quests take place in different locations, so you have to drive all across the world to speak with some character and then drive back to proceed with the quest. The game should be called "Hard Truck, or There and Back Again".
- bad car handling and physics - sometimes a massive, building-size car is jumping around on hills like a balloon
- after the cutscenes and upon exiting the towns you have no control over the car for a second or so (the AI is controlling it and you just watch it driving). During that second there's a chance that AI will drive your car into a tree and you will stuck in it, or it will drive you to an ally car, damaging it and turning this ally (and whole its faction) into enemy. In either case you'll have to load last save and try again, so save often.

There were almost no technical issues though. I just checked "Run as administrator" in Steam shortcut and everything was OK. OS - Win7 x64.
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7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
for me, i have mixed feelings, mainly good. the control scheme is wonky as hell and the graphics are maybe up to par with late ps2 or XBOX BUT. i like the idea of a post apocalyptic truck game and it's feeling to me a bit like fallout with vehicles. i like it personally and if you want something different this game is for you but don't go into it expecting the UBER best. it's great for what it is however and i would definately recommend it, i wish it had a multiplayer funtion too as the game feels a bit large and desolate. but yes. a good game all in all :D
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66.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Great way to kill time, Recommended.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Hard Truck: Apocalypse takes an interesting premise and strips away all but the most mundane elements, leaving you to drive down a long and unexciting road to nowhere.Most of the trucks ride like they should be carting oranges or vending-machine refills, instead of chasing bandits. Pushing them down the road with a keyboard ain't much fun—and driving eats up almost all of your playing time.The more interesting large-scale fire fights and planning truck upgrades provide some reasons to stick with it, along with nostalgia for dear old Interstate 76. If only Targem had concentrated on lending the missions more of the depth I76's sported, the other faults would be far more forgivable.The vast world with bandits and weapon-packed vehicles is an interesting idea, but being forced to meander back and forth across it just to earn a few scraps of cash makes the whole thing boring.Its gameplay isn't imaginative or original, but if you're looking for a quick fix of destructiveness, Apocalypse gets the job done. Overall 5/10.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
I had fun playing this game.
That's reason enough for me to recommend it and this is what the game gave me. I bought it on sale and didn't expect too much but I was surprised. For me it's just one of those easy going, nothing too complicated and decide for yourself kind of game.

So a big thumbs up and I'm going to play some more right now!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Imagine Vigilante 8: Second Offense crossed with S. T. A. L. K. E. R.

Set in a postapocalyptic world, you, a young farmer with a truck, have to trade, fend off bandits and discover what happened to your father.

You can (and have to) outfit your vehicle, ranging from simple buggies to heavy duty trucks to armored personnel carriers, with all manner of weaponry including machine guns, shotguns, missile launchers, energy weapons, mine layers, tank cannons and mortars. There are also gadgets that improve your car such as extended fuel tanks, weapon cooling systems and turbo boosters among other things.

Towns serve as trading posts, repair stations and quest hubs. Most quests revolve around delivering goods to other towns, escort missions (which are few and far between) and kill as many bandits as possible in a set time limit (usually 3 minutes).

Graphics are ok, keep in mind that this is an older game.

Music is fitting to the postapocalyptic setting, consisting mostly of rock tunes, my favorite theme being the one which plays in Hel. Although i wish there were more tracks.

Guns sound good, i really like the meaty sound of the cannons.

All in all it's a nice game, i got around 16 hours of gameplay on my 1st run (there is a certain amount of back tracking).

Be sure to check out the forum for a step by step guide to prevent the game from crashing and how to run it in 1920x1080 resolution.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
A decent game with some flaws.
This is one-of-a-kind game, you drive a truck, fight other trucks, collect and trade gear, go on missions, talk with people in cities, buy new gear and trucks in said cities, visit several lands, all the while trying to discover who killed your father.
It sports one of the best soundtracks ever, which adds to the post-apocalyptic atmosphere.
Combat is against other trucks, generally you'll have three adversaries which spawn and try to chase you.
Pathfinding is ridiculous. Merchants carry goods from city to city, but mostly try to climb up trees or manouver in circles. Baddies are a little bit more intelligent, they'll follow you but they never reach full speed, so it's very easy to just outrun them. There are also some scripted ambushes and boss battles.
The plot is nothing new, but it gives a thread to follow, and opens new areas to explore.
Trading goods generates good money - and you'll need it to buy more powerful trucks - but the best way to strike it rich is through combat and gathering of the remains of your enemies.

The game lacks polish, the translation is approximative and it has its lot of annoying bugs, but it can be quite rewarding when you buy a new truck, new gun or discover a new area to explore. Even the plot becomes interesting after a while.

Give it a try, it's worth your time.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Ok,after a week or so,I finally finished playing this game and i have a few things to tell about this game.
I'll start with what's good and what's bad at this game.

*Custom trucks/map/difficulty/economy/Gameplay.
-The ability to change the type of weapons you have on your truck makes it so you can adapt to any enemy.
-You can change how the trucks look,from painting the truck to changing/upgrading it
-Map:The area you will explore,is big and it should keep you busy for a long time
-Difficulty:this game even at normal is pretty challenging(you will really need to manage the resources you find on the map)
-Economy:you will find different resources throught the game,each of these resources will sell at different prices.(some cities will give 10000$ for an electric board and other will offer you 50000$)
-Gameplay wise this game is good but a bit repetitive.

*Acting/bugs/performance isuses.
-Acting:Lets say if this game would have been an actor,it wouldn't win an Oscar
-Bugs:There are lots of them but mostly graphical ones,the only place i encountered a bug that required me to reload a current save,was in the area,called Vahat,to be exactly,the city "KEF".(lets say if you meet a guy Called Mario exit the city,save,and then talk with him,if he changes your truck,your good if he dosen't keep trying)
-Performance:While the game runs great it has a problem with the resolution and also lacks V-sync.
You can get around these issues by:
1:Going to Nvidia Control Panel/AtiCatalyst driver and force V-sync on the game(Google is your friend)
2:To fix the Resolution you will need to Find the Confing.cfg file and open it with notepad,after that you need to search for these exact lines: r_width="1366" and r_height="768"(use the find next function provided by notepad itself to find them easyer) and change the number with whatever resolution you have.

You may have noticed i didn't say anything about the graphics,well...the game was made in 2006,so what do you expect?

So my final opinion is this:
If you find this game at a Weeklong deal or a Today's deal,buy it.The reason i say this,is because the of the amount of trouble you need to go through,to make this game run properly.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Good old driving with some casual shooting. Good story. Nice easygoing gaming.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
If you like car-based post-apocalypse and don't afraid of slightly old graphics - this game is for you! Customize your car, fight against road bandits, scavenge goods to sell it in the town shops - everything for the real Riad Warrior!
As the old game, it's pretty hardcore (but not really hard)- no chackpoints, health regen, fast trevel, or other casual (poser) stuff! Damaged in battle - repeir for money, died - load game. But you can save in evevery game moment, even in the middle of a fight!
Fun gemeplay and It also has a pretty good story.
The second one ("rise of clans") is good too - it's pretty mutch the same, but with some improvements (more cars, customizations, and so).

I recommend both of these games - it's worth money!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
33.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Amazing trucking game that combines RPG and car combat together. Open world, lots of quests, loot stuff, buy new trucks.. Long story with optional sidequests, different ways to do the quests and I believe there are two endings you can get too.

Just want to say that remember to save often and save on multiple slots so you can load your old saves. There was one quest that is bugged and if I didn't have old saves I would have been stuck in the game because I couldn't complete the misssion without loading the game. Also when you die there is no respawn, you must load your old save.

I recommend this game for everyone. This game should have been more popular!!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
for what i payed its a great game. played it for a few hours and enjoyed it.

now, if my save games loaded i'd be able to continue enjoying it.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Do not buy says it works with windows 7 but as you can see by the forums this game is unplayable and should either be fixed or removed from steam
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I beat this game in about 10 hours. My playtime doesn't show because I had to get a patched .exe (and a program to extract some compressed game assets) to get this to run without crashing. This game is a Russian open world car combat RPG from 2005. It is EXACTLY what you are expecting from this game, including the difficuly in getting it to run properly. It feels like it was made by robots. Dialog is stilted and very awkward, there are typos everywhere, missions are simple, the story is absolutely insane. The gameplay is fine, but the main draw of this game is Russian weirdness. A large chunk of it is driving from point A to B. If you're even looking at this page, you know what you're getting into, and it's a wonderful janktastic world waiting for you.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Great game for 5 min then freezes and will not run on windows 7. no patch and no sign of dev trying to fix it. Do not buy if you have windows 7!!!!!!!!!! Can start a new game every time but saves will not load and when tring to go into a differnt district, game freezes.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
More than 40h in the game, I give up.
I can't but say that any other game you can be playing instead, will be a better use of your time than this one.
Despite being fortunate enough to avoid the bugs that made the game simply unplayable to most people on the forums on Win7, after the first hours more and more of other game-breaking bugs started to jump at me time after time, to the point I could not bear it anymore.

The idea of driving a heavily armored truck in a Mad Max-like world and just roaming and shooting around while getting upgrades, seems simple and fun enough at first so as to give it a try. But, oh, buddy, there be dragons there.

You may be able to cope the bad voice acting. I did (well I just wanted to drive and shoot at things).
You may be able to cope with the bland game mechanics. I did (oh, but I wanted to drive and shoot at things :( ).
You may be able to cope with the nonsensical story. I did. Took a lot of patience, but I did.
You may be able to cope with the bugs. I mostly tried to.
But please, PLEASE, do not cope with wasting your time in this game while there's so many others you could enjoy. I did, and I'm sorry for it.

All in all, this game is simply pointless.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Simple to play.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Of the two Hard Truck games, this is the better of the two in several ways. But in others, it isn't. I wish I could do a "meh" because for $1.50, it's not bad.

Trucks with guns
Somewhat open world, but you still have a story line
Controls are easy to use. Driving and aiming are done with the keyboard and mouse just like all your other FPS games so nothing goofy there.
Customizeable truck bodies and lots of different weapons.
Trucks looks cool and the animation is solid

Voice acting. Ick. Sounds translated and not always that well. Also, voice inflection doesn't match the situation. For example: Father dies and the guy says "No" like he's ordering a sandwich.
Color schemes for customizing your truck is limited to a solid color.
People animations are weird
Resolutions are limited to only a few non-wide screen options
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