Games can do a lot of great things. They can tell an impactful story or the game can create stories you can share with friends. It can innovate on the gameplay aspect and bring us a whole new way to experience the medium. Hell, we can even take something as mundane as cardboard and turn it into something fun. Clustertruck isn't one of those games. It's a game about you jumping on top of trucks to reach an end goal. But while this game isn't doing anything new for the medium, it sure makes one great experience definitely worth your time.
Have you ever imagined the floor being lava while you throw around pillows in your living room and act as though they are platforms? Take that idea, replace the pillows with moving trucks and add an end goal and you have Clustertruck. This game is first-person parkour game where you move from moving truck to moving truck into you reach the end goal, without touching anything else but the trucks. While its concept is silly and its gameplay simple, Clustertruck uses those aspects to its strength to make an incredibly fun parkour game.
While games with complex mechanics and deep stories are great and all, but games that are simple have proven to me to be such a joy when dealing with complex games. It almost feels like a break to me while at the same time being more intense. While games like Shadow of Mordor want me to hone my fighting skills while trying to manage orcs and have me in three places at one time, Clustertruck asks you to do one thing: get to the end goal as fast as you can. It's through this simplicity that I find such enjoyment out of the game because I can invest all of my focus into getting better at jumping on top of trucks and trying to get to the end as fast as possible.
Jumping on top of trucks is a lot of fun, but its the levels that makes the fun last. Whether it be truck launch pads, large hammers that destroy the trucks, trucks on a lower or higher platform, or even a cannon that shoots trucks at the trucks, the ninety levels across nine worlds have something in store for you so each time is just as fun as the last. And on top of that, the game offers a level editor and Steam workshop support which means their is a lot of Clustertruck you can play. Unfortunately, I don't have the Steam edition so I cannot tell you how good or bad the level editor is and how much fun I am having with the user levels, but I still had a blast with the levels given to me. But what I do have that the other games have as well are abilities. The game has abilities like the ability to slow down time, teleport, rewind a bit, and even spawn a truck. The game also has some items like a grappling hook, double jump, and the ability to do a sick flip. Mixing and matching these items and abilities makes the chaos of trucks with bad drivers a little more manageable and it gave me a lot of cool last-second save moments.
What's the similarity between Clustertruck and Cuphead? Both start with a c, and both have short levels with the ability to restart the level quickly. I love having the ability to have quick levels because it makes death less annoying, and trust me when I say you will die in this game. Every time I die, I don't feel like I have lost a lot of progress because of how short the levels are. Sure, some levels can get a little lengthy, but the levels never dragged on for too long. This was complimented with a fast restart that got me right back into the action in a flash without a single loading screen. One click of the r key and I was right back at the start. It was a mixture of short levels and fast restart that got me into a 'one more level' mentality that got me hooked into the game.
Whenever I write about a game I recommend, I try to write as much as I can about the different aspects of the game. But for this game, I don't have much to say. But just because I don't have much to say doesn't mean this game is great. Simply put, I don't have a lot to say because I don't think their is much to say about it. This is a game about jumping on trucks and reaching an end goal. This game doesn't really innovate, but it instead offers a simple game with nothing radically new, but a game with a lot of fun to be had, and that is what I love about this game. If you like parkour games, tight levels, or just a simple game to pick up and play, then might I recommend Clustertruck.