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King of the Road is an improved version of Hard Truck 2. The game simulates the life of long-haul truckers, delivering merchandise over a large territory. This involves racing other truckers and having to keep supply and demand in mind. There are different weather circumstances, and from time to time, circuit races where the player is invited and can earn a license to hire other truckers and start a company. Cash is used to upgrade the vehicles, acquire new ones, or to pay other drivers' salaries. The first company to own a 51% share in the delivery market wins.

While driving, one must keep track of incoming orders, the truck load and the state of their vehicle. Servicing and refueling at regular intervals is necessary, and it's possible to invest in scanners, protection systems and other equipment. The CB radio is not only used to talk to other drivers, but also to negotiate with the mob and the police, who are always in pursuit, with wild chases over county borders.

The main improvements over Hard Truck 2 are the new refueling system in the simulation mode, different fuel prices, a revamped repair menu, better graphics, driving physics and collision objects, new equipment and gameplay balancing.

Network multiplayer is available for up to eight players.


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King of the Road Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Дальнобойщики 2. Издание 2-е, дополненное" -- Russian spelling (2 disc release)
  • "Дальнобойщики 2" -- Russian spelling
  • "Truck Racing 2001: Os Gigantes da Estrada" -- Portuguese title
  • "Hard Truck 2: King of the Road" -- GOG.com title
  • "Dal'noboyshchiki 2" -- Russian title (2 disc release)

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Critic Reviews

Computer Bild Spiele Aug, 2001 2.3 out of 6 74
PC Action (Germany) Jul 06, 2001 70 out of 100 70
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 2001 64 out of 100 64
PC Zone Benelux Aug, 2002 59 out of 100 59
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 2001 58 out of 100 58
Jeuxvideo.com Aug 21, 2002 8 out of 20 40
Clubic Oct 04, 2002 3 out of 10 30
Joystick (French) Sep, 2002 3 out of 10 30


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Release history

This game is often confused with Hard Truck 2. Both were developed by Softlab-NSK and they share the same engine and the larger half of the concept. King of the Road, however, was never released in North America. This European variant has many fixes and steep improvements to the gameplay itself.

The original version was first released in Russia and was titled Dal'noboyshchiki 2 and then Hard Truck 2 in English. The European King of the Road version was not released in the developer's home country until May 2003, when 1C Company published a special 2-disc edition, again with the title Dal'noboyshchiki 2. That time, however, it was the Russian version of King of the Road, patched to version 8.0. The second bonus disc of that edition contains screensavers, wallpapers, screenshots and movies of the game, as well as previews of Dal'noboyshchiki 3, the sequel.

Ascaron was the first to publish the game in Western Europe in 2001, for the German market, but due to insolvency problems they could not do an English release. JoWood took over, released an English version, and re-released the game in Germany in 2002 as well. The base version had been upgraded to version 1.3, but these improvements were not released as a separate patch for owners of the Ascaron 1.0 or 1.1 version.

A polish version was announced by CD Projekt, but ultimately cancelled in August 2002.

The English version of KotR includes a free bonus CD with screensavers, wallpapers, trailers and demos of other games released by JoWooD.
Sciere (813918) added King of the Road (Windows) on Sep 24, 2005
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