The goal is simple: build a road for your trucks to get from one end of the map to the other. The strategy and tactics necessary to do so is where the challenge comes in. An incredible RTS like you've never played before.
User reviews: Mixed (31 reviews)
Release Date: May 16, 2011
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May 28

100% New (Huge overhaul)!!

We're proud to announce a complete overhaul of Detour. It really does feel like a brand new game.

All previous issues have been addressed, especially considering the user interface, and we're confident you will really enjoy this game now!

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May 28

100% New (Huge overhaul)!!

We're proud to announce a complete overhaul of Detour. It really does feel like a brand new game.

All previous issues have been addressed, especially considering the user interface, and we're confident you will really enjoy this game now!

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About This Game

DETOUR is an exciting construction-based war game in which players pit their minds and their might against one another in order to safely guide a hapless delivery truck across a deadly battlefield! With DETOUR, Sandswept Studios puts a colorful twist on the RTS genre, creating a game that is both simple to learn, and complex to master — like a chess game with bombs! DETOUR sports endless amounts of unique strategies, a built-in map editor, AI opponents, 5 distinct modes of play, 27 singleplayer challenges, unlockables, online play, an epic soundtrack, and much, much more!

Key Features:

  • 4-player multiplayer/coop
  • 5 distinct game modes
  • AI opponents
  • Easy to learn, complex to master
  • Built-in, easy to use map editor with map sharing
  • 27 singleplayer challenges
  • Unlockable visual truck themes

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 160 MB
    • Video Card: DirectX 9 and Shader Model 1.1 support. 512 MB required.
    • Sound: DirectX 9 Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
VROOM VROOM!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I loved the "Simple Graphics" option, considering this is a strategy game. I'm bothered that a lot of modern games of the genre can't run on cheaper laptops with common Intel HD chipsets. Besides one problem I encountered in the first minute the game. The game does not adjust the dpi with the resolution so the game is unreadable below 1024x768, the resolutions below 640x480 are so impractical it must be an Easter egg. Pacing can be a problem when explaining a strategy game but not here until the controls get in the way. Scrolling for items can be impossible on a laptop without a mouse around, (and even with one) nothing feels like cheating more than sluggish controls. It feels like a portable game for a certain fruit shaped company's tablet but the cross platform support isn't there so I doubt it because it uses DX9. I will check it out on max settings on my desktop in a bit and see what I'm missing from those shaders. I'm on the fence about the price but I would call it a buy, a bundle or sale preferably, and a 7.5/10. I almost want to play lowest resolution matches on Twitch. EDIT: The shaders help, 1080p helps. Upon playing to the first achievement I think 7.5/10 is fair. This Dev gives out free keys all the time and I really appreciate that. I plan to put a few hours on this before I consider uninstalling it. I have another game of there's I planned to review if I can remember what it is.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Its a fun and simple strategy game with good looking grapics it plays a little differnt from the unusual stradegy game makeing it a unquie title to play

Pros: good soundtrack, great gameplay, and alot of fun x3

Cons: multiplayer feels a bit dead

7.5 out of 10 still pretty fun to play
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
This is like chess for lil' kids, but funny for every one. You gotta try it with friends. The challenges will show you everything you need to know. It has a simple interface design but I truly appreciate this game. One of the major flaws is the lack of the potatoes. I keep telling developers to put more potatoes in their games but they just ignore me.

8/10 due to lack of potatoes.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Detour is a real-time strategy game. It's an enjoyable and simple strategy game with quite good and clean looking graphics. The main objective is to get your trucks from base to the opposite side. The AI (Bot) is pretty easy and worthless and the story isn't compelling. But, with the great music, outstanding writing, chaotic gameplay and extremely cheap price tag, this game definitely feels like it’s worth to try.

Game: 6.5/10
Graphic: 6.0/10

100% Achievement : Easy | Medium | Hard | Very Hard
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
First of all, my original review "Why is this game real?" was read by Senpai Studios, so when the update came out, they told me. So, this is my real review, since the game was fixed and is now functional.

5/10 - Functional, but boring. Not good enough to really be a positive review, but not horribly negative.

Ok, so the basic gameplay is building roads to get a truck across the map to the other side. At this point, this works well, and has no design flaws. The bridge is a bit confusing to use, and should have adjustable length, but that's just a minor quip. The dynamite and other explosives can be used to destroy the enemy's roads to prevent progress. The dynamite is quite a core part of gameplay, but the larger missile-thing can be used too frequently to be considered balanced. The AI takes advantage of this, and so did my living opponent. This is a bit gamebreaking at times, and needs to be addressed.

In terms of "story," since there isn't REALLY much of a story, it was kind of offensive to certain groups. There are jokes making fun of transsexuals, activists, construction workers, the player, cops, and those weird African characters in anime that look like creepy magicians or something. What really bothered me was how they made it very obvious in some, such as the character "Tranny" who has a male-esque voice, and the construction boss guy acts awkward around her. He says he dated her and then he... Cuts off what he's saying. This is just an example of it, but the offensive nature of the NPCs doesn't really detract from the gameplay, though it's a bit irritating. I doubt this is persistent for most people, so this is something to think about.

Next, bugs. Even though the menus were supposedly fixed, they are a bit broken after changing the resolution and not restarting. This was a bit weird, especially when I was just confronted about the update, but I figured it out. Then, there's the audio bug. For some reason, when I had just installed the game, there was no music on the menu, while the music played in-game. When I checked the audio settings, both SFX and music were fully muted, but... Well... They weren't. This was fixed by moving the sliders back and forth. The game crashed one time, but that's really to be expected. There were weird connectivity glitches, where I would connect to someone, then they wouldn't be in the game, but I would remain in the lobby. This, and the lack of players, makes multiplayer pretty pointless, especially since it's the purpose of the game.

The gameplay, as I explained before, is pretty straightforward. However, it isn't fun, or stressful in a good way. It is bland, whenever the AI doesn't just target you, making it extremely frustrating to try to play, when it isn't so easy it takes no work. I either hard to struggle and lose for no good reason, or I had no competition. In one game, a bit farther along, one AI character didn't even do anything at all, and no, its area wasn't under the FoW at the time.

Beyond the broken AI, the gameplay just isn't that fun to begin with. Maybe other people would love DETOUR, but personally, I don't like it. So, if you want to purchase this game, consider what I said, but take it with a grain of salt, and just do what you want to, in terms of buying this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Simple but nice strategy game.
Your objective is to move your trucks on the other side.
It's fun SP but multiplayer is kinda empty.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2013
Fun and innovative little RTS game. But there is NONE playing online so you'll have to play against the AI. 7/10
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2012
It's a cheap, simple strategy game that is a nice amount of fun.

It's not super in-depth, but it is a really nice game and very well priced. It has good AI, and you can even play with friends too.

Basically, Detour isn't anything particularly special, but it is a pretty neat game. It's essentially a strategy game with tower defence elements and it is pretty great for the price of $2.49.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2013
The concept is good, but this game is really let down by its awkward interface. You can't select things with the mouse but rather have to use the scrollwheel to make each selection or memorise the number shortcuts. Considering the gameplay can be hectic, an efficient interface is critical so it's a pity Detour doesn't have one.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2011
Nice little game where you have to build roads and get 3 trucks across before your opponent does. Cute graphics, the avatars are a bit childish though. And the game is more focused on the multiplayer than the singleplayer (the game kinda prepares you for multiplayer through the singleplayer missions). If you keep that in mind there's a lot of fun to be had here.

[Rating: 72/100]
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15 of 27 people (56%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
This game would be good if more people played it. There isn't enough single-player content.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2012
This game is great. Not only do the AI do bugger all, you also have lovely annoying music to keep your anger at a high level. Definetly reccomend this for people who enjoy playing what is essentially a pair of testicles with GAME written on them.
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16 of 31 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2012
Very likely the best game I have ever played on Steam (and the price of which I can only describe as an Ocean Elevening).

- very deep strategical play, with up to three other players. You think StarCraft II had deep strategical elements? Get ready to take a DETOUR into a WHOLE NEW WORLD OF TACTICS!

- unlimited replayability, as last I checked I had logged up well over AN HOUR of gameplay. Call of Duty hardly gives you that now-a-days, yet the value for this game is nuts!

- too-good-too-be-true graphics: you think the CryENGINE looked good? Imagine as if your monitor has no panel and you're looking directly through at a highway. WELCOME TO DETOUR! IT IS NO FANTASY!

A++ would play forever and ever. If you don't own, it is a MUST BUY, unless you hate video games in which case don't buy.
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Amusing indie game. Was fun at first, then turned into snore quickly as the Ai was predictable
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2012
♥♥♥♥♥ infâme.
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11 of 24 people (46%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Lacks in content...there's really not much to the game. However if you don't have much time and just want a quick game it's not bad
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2012
Detour is a real-time strategy game where your goal is to get three trucks from your base to the opposite side of the map. Watch out for dynamite that destroys road, missiles that take out your trucks, and other hazards that others may send at you.

It's kind of an interesting premise, that leads to some interesting, fast-paced gameplay. That said, when there were four players desparately fighting for the middle ground, it was incredibly hard to figure out what was going on at any given time. I'd be repairing roads in one part the map while the other half was getting shredded by the AI. Half the time, the bridges and tunnels didn't work as I expected, and I didn't realize my roads weren't connecting.

Sadly, this ends up as an amateur attempt at a strategy game. There's a good idea here, but it's not well-designed, and as a result, really isn't all that fun and not terribly engaging for fans of strategy. It seems like it would be mildly entertaining as a dumb multiplayer game, since the frantic action could make some fun moments with friends, but I think that's about the only value you'll find here. If this looks interesting, check out Sid Meier's Railroads!, which is buggy and flawed but much more fun.
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6 of 19 people (32%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
This is a game that expands greatly in the amount of ways you can beat your opponent, and is a decent game to play if you just want to practice strategies for other games in general. This game tried to be a strategy game and succeeded greatly at doing it, but the thing is you can't really do much with the strategies and fields you are given. It ends up just being the fact of who has more income and who has faster trucks and just ends up with a stand still most often between opponents. The missions were somehwhat difficult at first, but then you begin to learn and notices strategies you can use every time in order to beat them. Overall it is a nice game to play a round of with friends just to try new things and challenge yourself, but the initial game itself doesn't hold much strategy to it from there.
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8 of 25 people (32%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
I would not ever recommend this to anyone. This game is very boring.
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