The highway-building fun of the Sim City series mixed with the excitement of a competitive real-time strategy game. Construct a path for your convoy to reach its destination in this incredibly addictive title. Now with online multiplayer!
User reviews: Mixed (748 reviews)
Release Date: May 16, 2011
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"A unique competitive puzzle game about delivering truckloads of goods before your AI opponents by building roads and blowing up the enemy routes."
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About This Game

DETOUR combines the highway building fun from the Sim City series with the addictive excitement of real-time-strategy games like Starcraft and Command & Conquer.

The goal of the game is simple: forge a path for your convoy of trucks to reach its destination, but obtaining your goal often requires a mix of smart resource allocation, clever route planning, and strategic thinking. Your AI and human enemies will try to stop your progress with routes of their own.

DETOUR sports endless amounts of unique strategies, Adaptive AI opponents, 5 distinct modes of play, dozens of singleplayer maps, unlockables, online play, an epic soundtrack, and much, much more!

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
82 of 100 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Did you ever want to play Carcassone in Bob the Builder style? Then this is a game for you.

You have to manage a way for your trucks across the map, while your competitors do the same.. all the while trying to sabotage your roadway and transports. Therefore are two main types of utilities you can use. One are the road types from normal road to bridge and tunnels, which your trucks use, while the others are destructive tools to sabotage your opponents, these range from dynamite, nails up to police controls, emp bombs, radar and much more.

The gameplay is made up to four players at one map, while it can already get quite hectic with only two players, while you try to keep the balance between sabotaging and guarding your own. While there are some single player maps (which the first 8 mainly work as a tutorial) the main game is the multiplayer part against other human opponents.

Conclusio:
As one game usually doesnt take too long, for a quick play against some friends this can be quite a fun distraction.

Note: This game was reviewed with a key given by the developers
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87 of 136 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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52 of 79 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
A nice little stragedy game that will keep you entertained for hours, especially if you have a few friends to play with in multiplayer!
The game features a pretty good soundtrack, good graphics and it also comes with multiplayer.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
A simple premise, get your truck safely from your factory to the finish line, pave roads, attack and defend from competitors while always keeping an eye on your credits make DETOUR a fun strategy experience that is probably best played with friends. The AI in the single player missions called challenges is a bit hit & miss but does it's job well in getting you acquainted with the games mechanics. Multiplayer missions can be played with AI oponents (3 adjustable difficulty levels).
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33 of 49 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Casual & fun // Recommended if there are others willing to play it with you

~Full Disclosure: This game was reviewed with a key given by the developers~

+ Interface is straightforward and practical
+ Gameplay is surprisingly fast-paced and competitive
+ Gold mines act as bonuses and are scattered around the maps; these serve as a point of contention
+ There are many options available in terms of sabotage, and ruining an enemy's meticulously designed path is alarmingly satisfying
+ Writing is cheeky and fun in an intentionally awful manner
+ While the visuals and design are wall below-par, they are crisp and light enough that it won't detract from the smooth functionality that appears to have been the primary focus

- Somewhat weak audio and sound design
- Multiplayer is completely unpopulated
- Game is far too easy, even on higher challenge sets (though, multiple opponents do spice things up a bit in the later challenges)

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