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Description

This is an advertising-sponsored game using cars from Toyota and custom billboard adverts from various local companies, depending on which market it was distributed in.

The game has three competitions for solo or LAN play; package delivery, bomb-race, and normal car race.

Package delivery game:
Here your goal is to deliver a certain amount of goods to specific points on the map within a time limit.
In each level you can choose your vehicle from some options, each one resembling a car from Toyota.
The cars vary in speed, handling, fuel consumption and amount of cargo that can be picked up at once.

At the beginning of each race, you must collect a newspaper in order to summon the map and the delivering orders.
Any player may pick up any cargo, by driving over it.
When this happens, a trademark from one of the sponsors will appear indicating the delivery place.

There are five maps where you can offer your delivery services: country, downtown, docks, uptown, Chinatown.
The three last maps are not available from the beginning of the game, and must be unlocked by winning one of the first two, before they can be selected.

After some driving, you will start to run out of gas, if this happens, you may still drive the vehicle, but at a very slow speed.
In order to avoid this, it's possible to refuel the car at any gas station, paying for the fuel.
At the end of a race, the drivers gets a bonus based on how economical their driving was.

There is the possibility to chose either keyboard and mouse or a joystick, but the in-game menu doesn't offer to configure the controllers nor list the keys used - you need to read the manual for this.

Bomb-race game:
Here the players drive around an enclosed area (cut-down from one of the bigger maps) in a series of 2-minute races, with one of the vehicles having a bomb attached to it.
The car with the bomb can pass the bomb to another car by front-colliding with another, and all cars try to avoid the bomb-carrying car until the timer runs out and the bomb explodes.

The vehicles are mostly Toyota models, but in the version made for Brazil, they only have generic names like truck, utility, mini and sport - possibly due to Toyota not having an re-seller there at the time.

The cars are: Toyota Prius, Land Cruiser 100, Hilux, Hiace, Corolla, Celica, Camry, Avensis, Yaris Verso and Yaris.
There is also a hidden vehicle, a city bus of unspecified make.

Screenshots

Pickup Express Windows Main menu
Pickup Express Windows Map loading screen
Pickup Express Windows Starting position - the first objective is to find a map.
The suspended arrow (advertising a newspaper) points the way.
Pickup Express Windows Player customization: name, face, car, area/track selection (suburb, downtown, chinatown, docks), time limit, opponent numbers.

Promo Images

Pickup Express Other One of the downlodable items from the support page

Alternate Titles

  • "Mega Game 2" -- Finnish title

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Related Web Sites

  • Pickup Express (official website)
  • Additional cars (The game has some extra downloads available from the web; while the original website is offline, it is archived partially by the wayback machine.

    The extra additions are a Toyota Celica car, a Toyota Landcruiser car, and a map called Up-N-Downtown.

    Some of these additions may already be present in later releases of the game.)
  • Brazilian version (Shows gameplay of the Brazilian version - where the Toyota brand is not mentioned, while the cars are still using the same models.)
  • Finnish version (A bomb-race recorded with the Finnish version of the game.)
  • IGCD Internet Game Cars Database (Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.)
Open_Sights (459) added Pickup Express (Windows) on Mar 07, 2010