DescriptionBig Rigs: Over the Road Racing allows you to play as one of four rigs racing against a competing company to deliver your cargo before they do. You must race an opposing company's truck to beat it to the cargo destination to put the competition out of business. There are five separate courses to play on, each with its own scenery and environments. In the meantime, police cars will chase you down and attempt to block your truck from getting to your goal.
That is what the game was meant to be. In reality, the game has no gameplay. A lack of AI means that the opposing truck does not even move from its starting location, so there is really no "race" to begin with. Winning is virtually guaranteed. As well, the game lacks collision detecting which means you can go through any objects like houses, boulders, trees, and bridges that you are required to cross. Besides this, the trucks do not have any top speed, which means you are able to accelerate into infinite, even when going backwards. Traveling off of the edge of the map is possible in the game. Despite the fact that the back of the box and advertising said it would have police chases, absolutely no police cars are actually present within the game.
Later revisions of the game included a bug fix preventing the game from crashing when selecting the fifth course and implemented a rudimentary AI for the opposing truck, which now actually moves, although it stops just shy of the finish line, meaning it's still impossible for the player to lose.
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- "大货车极限竞赛" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
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|The absolute worst game in existence! V.2||Arejarn (1939)|
|YOU'RE A WINNER!||J W (101)|
|The most WINNER ! game ever made||Mr. Eight-Three-One (1606)||unrated|
|GameCola.net||Nov, 2007||1.17 out of 10||12|
|GameSpot||Jan 14, 2004||1 out of 10||10|
|Thunderbolt Games||Mar 22, 2004||1 out of 10||10|
|SwankWorld||Mar 17, 2004||1 out of 10||10|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Jun 09, 2011||1 out of 20||5|
|Game Raiders||Dec 02, 2004||3 out of 100||3|
|G4 TV: X-Play||Mar 23, 2004||0 out of 5||0|
|Netjak||Jan 24, 2004||0 out of 10||0|
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CommunityDespite how terrible the game actually is, Big Rigs has actually achieved a cult status among a number of its fans. In the the style of Ed Woods films or Plan 9 from Outer Space, Big Rigs has achieved the "it's so bad it's good" status of many cult phenomenon. A number of fans even formed the BROTRRers, taking the same acronym as the game's title. The highlights of this community include a satirical philosophy (Rigism), ten commandments (Rigmandments) and a Book of Rigism.
Critical receptionThe game Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing received almost universally negative reviews, with many critics referring to it as the worst video game of all time. These are the websites reactions to this game:
- Gamespot: 1/10. Gamespot reviewer Alex Navarro declared that Big Rigs is "so astoundingly bad that it manages to transcend nearly every boundary put forth by some of gaming's absolute worst of the worst and easily makes it into that dubiously extraordinary category of being one of the most atrocious games ever published." Big Rigs received Gamespot's lowest score of 1.0, meaning that their review system doesn't go any lower. In his frightfully bad games special, Alex notes "We don't hand out zeros, but maybe we should have for Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing." Big Rigs was also given GameSpot's "Flat-out Worst Game" award in 2004, despite the fact that the game was actually released in 2003.
- Cheat Code Central: 0.5/5. CCC wrote "Imagine a racing game without a race. There is no time limit to beat and there is no one to race against. So what's the point?"
- Thunderbolt Games: 1/10. Thunderbolt Games states "I wish I could think of some redeeming factors for the game, but there simply aren't any"
- Netjak: 0/10. Netjak had to rewrite their review system in order to give this game a 0.0
- X-Play: -/5. Morgan Webb declared this as the worst game of all time, and was unable to score the game because their system doesn't allow them to give out zeros.
- GameRankings: 4% out of 100%. Big Rigs is GameRankings lowest rated game on their site.
- Metacritic: 8/100. Big Rigs is also this sites lowest rated game.
DevelopmentBig Rigs: Over the Road Racing was originally going to be a game called Midnight Race Club: Supercharged!, which would feature big rigs, trucks, motorcycles, and sport cars to race in along with a "Competition Mode", but while the game was in development, Game Mill Publishing decided that the game would be split into two, Big Rigs and Midnight Race Club, released in pre-alpha state.
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Related Web Sites
- Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing at Wikipedia (More about the history and the cult status)
- IGCD Internet Game Cars Database (Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.)
- The BROTRR Alliance (Game community and fan club)