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Description

On the Road is a managerial simulation in which six players (either human or AI) become the manager of a forwarding agency. The basic goal is to generate as much profit as possible; the specific winning conditions can be set before starting the game. There are also other options, the most significant being if the police controls speed, weight and the night driving ban in Austria.

Gameplay is completely menu based with a graphical representation of the office, this means clicking on the telephone brings up the telephone menu and so on. There are a big variety of things to take care of, e.g. insurance, employment, buying or selling trucks, managing the assignments, watching the financial status or expanding into other European cities. Other options present themselves in the city: a bank for making loans and paying bills, the court and lawyer agency for dealing with (or starting) law suits, an airport to fly to other cities and a company specialised on illegal deeds.

A speciality compared to other managerial simulations with this scenario is that the player has to communicate with the drivers over a radio to give specific orders. Also the player has to take periods of rest to prevent health problems. Choosing reasonable rest times is an important aspect of the game because the competition has free game during those periods. During the resting times the player sees a map of Europe and what happens to the own drivers - for emergencies, the game can be re-entered prematurely to the next full hour, of course with negative health consequences.

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On the Road Atari ST Intro sequence.
On the Road Atari ST Player options.
On the Road Atari ST Your office is the main options hub.
On the Road Atari ST At the lawyer.

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Dec, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Mar, 1991 9.6 out of 12 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1991 71 out of 100 71
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1992 62 out of 100 62
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1994 61 out of 100 61
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 60 out of 100 60
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 60 out of 100 60
Power Play Atari ST Mar, 1991 56 out of 100 56
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1991 56 out of 100 56

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