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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.8
Overall User Score (27 votes) 3.6


Critic Reviews

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EL33TONLINE (Jul 24, 2007)
Excite Truck is a true gem of a game and certainly builds on the success of the Excitebike. It will be favorably remembered for the hours of entertainment it has provided thus far and gets a prime position on my game collection shelf. Well done to Monster Games for delivering an amazing experience!
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The Video Game Critic (May 12, 2007)
Excite Truck's graphics are modest - even pixelated at times - but the smooth frame rate and the impressive distance you can see ahead (especially when high in the air) makes the lack of detail practically irrelevant. Unlike Motor Storm, the load times are brief and the races are reasonably short. The single player mode rewards you with a steady stream of unlockables, and the split-screen is fantastic, even without the option of CPU opponents. In terms of audio, I opted to turn down the frenetic guitar music, but it certainly fits with the spirit of the game. Living up to its name, Excite Truck is easy to pick up but hard to put down. For new Wii owners this is pretty much a "must have".
90
GamePlay (Croatia) (Apr, 2007)
Sve navedeno teško može dočarati navalu adrenalina koja vas obuzima od starta pa sve do cilja, prekidana kratkim otrežnjavanjima nakon žešćih sudara. Suluda brzina kojom jurite po ničim omeđenim stazama, nemoguće visoki skokovi, prštanje vode, promicanje drveća na milimetar od vaših kotača, proklizavanje uz oblake prašine... a sve praćeno električnom gitarom sviranom ne toliko virtuozno koliko strastveno. U svojoj osnovi sastavljen od jednostavnih elemenata, Excite Truck ima "ono nešto" što će vas natjerati da svaku utrku ponovite i po dvadeset puta prije nego je uspješno završite, uživajući u svakom prijelazu i dok razmišljate "e vidiš, ovdje sam mogao bolje". I možete - sljedeći put.
90
RealVG (Jun 20, 2007)
Although a slightly lightweight game in some respects, Excite Truck gets pulled up by the life-affirming concept of "the game for people who are no good at driving games". If I was being strictly fair, I'd give this game an 8/10, which is objectively what it deserves. But it is so much fun, and in my opinion the first true killer app for the Wii. So I'm going to be bold and give it 9/10.
90
Nintendojo (2007)
Excite Truck could have been legendary. A decent multiplayer mode and a deep single player experience could have saved the game from a future of bargain bin obscurity. Yet, if you can look past what is missing and appreciate what is there, then you’ll find yourself playing something special. For Excite Truck is a lightening fast and frantic thrill ride from beginning to end, and well worth a purchase.
90
Yahoo! Games (Nov 17, 2006)
Excite Truck is a fast, fluid, and gorgeous game, with a remarkable control scheme, a gratifying sense of progression, and its own unique sensibility. With a launch title like this, the Wii comes out of the gate swinging, demanding to be taken seriously. What could have been proof of concept for using the Wiimote as a steering device is instead a full-featured and compelling game. You other driving games for the Wii are going to have a tough act to follow.
85
Um es schon vorweg zu sagen: Ja, Excite Truck hat Schwächen und ist alles andere als perfekt. Der Titel hätte zum einen mehr verschiedene Strecken gebrauchen können und zum anderen ist der Multiplayer-Modus unverständlicherweise alles andere als erwähnenswert. Nur für zwei Spieler, ohne weitere Computergegner, nur im vertikalen Splitscreen und von den derzeit allgemein fehlenden Online-Funktionen möchte ich gar nicht erst anfangen.
84
GamingExcellence (Feb 26, 2007)
In the end, Excite Truck builds on the legacy of Excitebike and Excitebike 64 nicely. While a decent racing game, it’s really the depth and nuances of the tracks, trucks and power-ups (not to mention control mechanics) that provides the bulk of Excite Truck’s enjoyment and its “star collection” gameplay that adds to the addiction and compulsion to keep playing it. While the additional modes (challenge and versus) seem a little bland and lackluster, the single player’s Excite Race mode is fun enough to last you 20-30 hours easily. A few more tracks would have been nice though, perhaps in the sequel.
84
IGN UK (Feb 20, 2007)
Despite its slightly rough and ready appearance, belying the fact Excite Truck was a launch title over in the US, there's a deceptively addictive racer vying for your attention here. Fusing impressive accessibility with a surprising degree of depth and design finesse, Wii owners eager for something to quell that inevitable post-launch games drought owe it to themselves to give Monster Games' compulsive racer a test drive.
84
eToychest (Nov, 2006)
The only real sore spots left in the wake of the game's release are to do with its visuals, a forgivable shortcoming, and listless multiplayer, which is far more detrimental. A terrific game regardless, hopefully Nintendo and developer Monster Games will embrace the online community with their next outing. Until then, you'll have to beat your friends one at a time.
82
GamingTrend (Nov, 2006)
Excite Truck is definitely deserving of some attention. It's not for every gamer, but for those who want to get a good understanding how this new system and controller can change things, this game is a winner. It plays smooth and fast, and like a bright flame it burns out earlier than it should. I think many folks will either hate it or love it with little in between, but I think I lean more towards the love it side if only because I have a soft spot for arcade style racers.
81
N-Zone (Mar 27, 2007)
Wow! Eigentlich habe ich nicht wirklich viel von Excite Truck erwartet, das fertige Spiel macht mir aber einfach einen Heidenspaß. Die Vehikel steuern sich herrlich intuitiv und die völlig übertriebenen Sprünge und Stunts tragen wunderbar zur arcadigen Atmosphäre des Titels bei. Ich werde auch weiterhin gerne meine Runden drehen. Ob das aber jedem Spieler so gehen wird? Schließlich mangelt es schon arg an Abwechslung und wer keine Lust auf's Highscore-Knacken hat, könnte mit Excite Truck ein wenig enttäuscht werden.
81
Excite Truck for the Wii is by no means a revolutionary or even an evolutionary way of playing racing games. Despite it being shallow and lacking in many categories, it has the most important factor when it comes to video games. Fun.
80
Eurogamer.de (Feb 26, 2007)
Warum Excite Truck nun also so verdammt viel Spaß macht, obwohl es auf den ersten Blick so gewöhnlich aussieht? Einer der Gründe ist auf jeden Fall dieses Gefühl, ständig etwas Neues erreichen zu können, immer kleine Fortschritte zu machen. Selbst wenn Ihr mal eine richtig schlechte Runde fahrt, könnt Ihr immer noch irgendeinen High Score herausholen - zum Beispiel den des Super-Baumfrevels. Aber auch, dass sich die Umgebung verändert, wegen der ständigen Sprünge höchste Aufmerksamkeit gefragt ist und Ihr dank der Steuerung die totale Kontrolle über Euren Wagen habt, macht viel von der Faszination aus. Trotz kleiner Schwächen der Beweis, wie gut Rennspiele auf Wii funktionieren.
80
V2.fi (Apr 02, 2007)
Vaikkei Excite Truck vuoden peli -tittelistä taistelekaan, ei se silti missään nimessä huono hankinta ole. Uudenlainen ohjaus tuo sinänsä vanhaan konseptiin riittävästi mielenkiintoa, ja kun jälki muutenkin on tasaisen laadukasta, huomaa peliä helposti tahkoavansa tuntikaupalla "ihan vain yksi kisa vielä" -tyylisessä hurmoksessa.
80
Gamestyle (2007)
Possibly one of the most underappreciated titles for the Wii, Excite Truck reminds us of why we started playing games in the first place - pure, unadulterated fun. If we get treated to an Excite Truck 2 we will be very, very happy.
80
IGN Australia (Feb 19, 2007)
Excite Truck is a fast and combative arcade racer with seriously elegant game design. It’s not a game that’s going to last you forever, but there’s plenty of gameplay on offer for those who like their racers on the arcade side of the fence.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Feb 16, 2007)
And so on and on and on. Compete with yourself, compete with your friends (perhaps you can email each other scores, or use the Wii's messaging system - just because Xbox Live's made everyone lazy doesn't mean the old methods stopped working). But, amazingly, despite the fact you might have to cross the same polygon more than once to do it, the game's a source of surprisingly inexhaustible enthusiasm. Built on a moreish achievement system, around mechanics that satisfy more and more with each passing day, it's a game maligned for the usual reason: reviewers wanted to move on, and weren't being offered any incentive to redo things beyond simply enjoying the activity. If you can reconcile yourself with that, and like the sound of the game, this is 35 pounds well spent.
80
Worth Playing (Dec 18, 2006)
Excite Truck may underwhelm with its audio/visual presentation, but it has gameplay in droves. The high-speed acrobatics that would have had you pumping quarters into an arcade machine five years ago have been fine-tuned to create a console game that will keep you coming back for more. It may not be the must-buy title that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess clearly is, but it makes for a more-than-suitable backup purchase, and is among the better games in the Wii launch lineup.
80
G4 TV: X-Play (Nov, 2006)
Excite Truck is fun to play. It’s as simple as that. Trees blur as you race past lush forests. You press the button furiously to get back on the track after a nasty crash. The music dies just as you hit the apex of an incredible jump leaving you only with the sound of wind and a smile on your face. There’s no need to tweak or tune-up any of the generic cars you win by completing tracks. It’s the nice game you can play with friends or take home to your mom. While this may not be a racing game for the hardened fans of the genre, Excite Truck may just win over a new fan base through its simple controls, interactive environments, and a soul that remembers when people played games for fun.
80
NintendoWorldReport (Nov 20, 2006)
This is Nintendo's best console racer since F-Zero GX, although it will appeal to a somewhat different crowd than that hardcore series. Excite Truck is crazy enough to enjoy immediately (even though you may not feel in control yet) and deep enough to play for hours on end, with your heart racing the whole time. I'd like to see a sequel with more varied environments and much better multiplayer features, but this is a great launch title worth the consideration of any Mario Kart or Burnout fan.
80
Deeko (Nov 19, 2006)
The intuitive, though expected, use of the Wii remote presents unique gameplay options that enhance the control and feel of your vehicle and go a long way towards making the gameplay more interesting. Were it not for the small amount of content, limited multiplayer, and poor presentation, Excite Truck would be the launch racer to beat for any console. As it stands, it's a great — but not perfect - game that's sure to be surpassed in the coming years, but for now, it'll suffice for any racing fan.
80
GameZone (Nov 16, 2006)
Excite Truck is short and easy to beat. The bonus trucks don't mean much to me, not when they don't have a real-world license attached. Still, when I pick up my Wii on Sunday, this will be one of two games I am certain I'll take home with the console. (The other is Zelda.) If you want a new and unique racing game experience, I suggest you do the same.
80
IGN (Nov 15, 2006)
I'm more of a Burnout and San Francisco Rush fan than a Gran Turismo and Forza gamer, and Excite Truck for Wii is definitely right up my alley. Excite Truck is clearly a first generation console game that will, without a doubt be outdone in the Wii system's later years. But as a game that bursts right out of the gate as a launch title for the system, Excite Truck is a fulfilling, fun, energetic arcade-style racer that features a good balance of technology and technique. There are a few spots in places that could have been filled, like its weak two player option and trick system, but overall this game definitely pulls off the intense racing rush that quality arcade racers offer.
79
4Players.de (Feb 28, 2007)
Es ist weit davon entfernt, perfekt zu sein. Es ist an einem Wochenende durchgezockt und bietet kaum Wiederspielwert. Der Zwei-Spieler-Modus ohne KI-Gegner ist ein Witz. Und dennoch ist im ohnehin kargen Rennspiel-Lineup des Wii kein Titel zu finden, der Excite Truck gefährlich werden kann. Denn so kurz der Einzelspieler-Modus auch ist, so viel Spaß macht er auch. Die Landschaft rast an und unter einem vorbei, dass es eine wahre Freude ist, die quergelegte Remote setzt die Steuerungseingaben akkurat und punktgenau um und das Streckendesign mit seinen Morph-Möglichkeiten sorgt neben der teils gnadenlos fahrenden KI immer wieder für neue Herausforderungen. Doch hat man einmal alle Strecken bewältigt sowie alle Trucks freigespielt, geht die Motivation in den Keller. Als kurzweiliger Rennspiel-Spaß absolut tauglich, aber vor allem im Mehrspieler-Modus leider nicht der erhoffte Zeitvertreib. Wir müssen weiter alle auf ein Mario Kart für Wii warten.
78
Gamers.at (Feb 28, 2007)
Mit Excite Truck hat Nintendos Wii endlich ein gelungenes Racing-Spiel bekommen, nachdem die Launchtitel in diesem Genre eher unbeeindruckend waren. Zahlreiche Spielmodi und Herausforderungen laden stundenlang vor dem Fernseher ein und lassen das Wii-Mode sicherlich nicht verstauben. Lediglich der karge Multiplayermodus trübt das ansonsten recht positive Gesamtbild, vielleicht klappt es beim Nachfolger besser. Auch ein Onlinemodus wäre wünschenswert gewesen.
77
Lawrence (Nov 22, 2006)
While its name may not roll off the tongue as easily as the NES classic, Excite Truck does have a few things in common with Excitebike (but not much). Rather, it’s a first-party offering that serves as a decent introduction to the Wiimote’s ability during racing games. If it were released on another system, it would be a very generic, standard racer. As a Wii launch title, however, it does a good job of showing gamers what to expect from racing games on the console.
77
NGamer (Feb, 2007)
A skimpy package that you'll probably finish in record time. Definitely exciting, but also a great advertisement for videogame rentals.
76
With the use of the Wiimote, Nintendo has made what would have been a generic racer into something worth owning. This isn't Burnout or Ridge Racer, it's just good arcade style fun. Even though you have a limited number of modes, a wretched soundtrack and a small number of tracks, Excite Truck more than anything gets me excited about the future of racing games on the Wii. As a third or fourth pick of Wii launch titles to own, Excite Truck fits quite comfortably.
75
Game Shark (Jan 24, 2007)
Excite Truck is a fun little game that probably would even be more enjoyable if the “excite” brand name wasn’t used. With the name, you are probably going to be expecting more than the game delivers. Take that out of the equation and you are still going to enjoy an arcadey-fun racing game that is absolutely worth a rental, if not a purchase.
75
GamePro (US) (Nov 21, 2006)
What works about Excite Truck? Simply put, its use of the Wii Remote provides a more tactile feel to an otherwise straightforward destruction derby racer. Without the Wii's controller, Excite Truck would barely be worth a glance, but as it stands, it's a great way to burn a few hours.
75
Gamezine (Feb 26, 2007)
Excite Truck est le meilleur jeu de la Wii, après Zelda bien sûr. Pour 50€, le jeu nous offre un très bon condensé de fun, tout en étant assez technique. Un premier épisode qui inaugure du très bon pour la suite. Le concept est très sympa, on est pris dans les courses, on enchaîne les parties avec plaisir et tout débloquer demande largement assez de temps pour rentabiliser notre achat. Un jeu que je vous conseille vivement pour tous les amateurs d'arcade bien fun.
75
Extreme Gamer (Dec 01, 2006)
Excite Truck for the Nintendo Wii is a quick thrill action racing game in same vein as Burnout. The racing is fast, fun and innovative with the Nintendo motion sensitive controller. The ride might not last long, but while you're behind the wheel you'll have a smile on your face. I have to recommend checking out Excite Truck although it might not have enough gas to warrant a purchase, a rental will more then satisfy.
75
Daily Game (Dec 11, 2006)
Ok all your NES fans out there, remember Excite Bike? C'mon, you can't possibly have lived in the 80's without playing it, even if you were a casual gamer back then. It was a simple enough game, you rode a little motorcycle across a side scrolling track, turbo-ing (if there's such a word, if not, I just make it one) your way over jumps and past other racers. You couldn't turbo for too long, or the bike overheated, leaving you to wait for it to cool down while other racers lapped your stupid self. It was so simple, yet enjoyable, that Nintendo decided it'd make a grand return on the Wii in the form of Excite Truck, a sort of offroad rally game that mixes some Excite Bike gameplay with the Wii's motion control features. Excite Truck may not be as exciting as the name might make you think it would be, but it sure is fun.
73
Retroage (Nov 25, 2009)
Excite Truck jest całkiem udanym tytułem startowym, nie jest to nic bardzo rozbudowanego. Ale nie ma w tej grze mniej niż spodziewalibyśmy się po wydawnictwie w premierze nowego systemu. Grę można spokojnie polecić graczom, którzy wolą wyścigi z jajem, a nie symulatory. Excite Truck oferuje całkiem sporo bardzo dobrej zabawy, jednak należy pamiętać, że to tytuł startowy i nie spodziewajcie się po nim nie wiadomo czego. Według mnie jest lepiej niż w Wave Race, jeśli chodzi o tryb dla jednego gracza, ale multi - przeciwnie. Jeśli brakuje Wam dobrych arkadowych ścigałek na Wii, to śmiało można się zainteresować Excite Truck.
71
411mania.com (Dec 14, 2006)
Another fun and quirky launch title for the Nintendo Wii that shouldn’t be passed on. Even if you only rent this game for a few days or weeks, you’ll no doubt enjoy yourself whether playing against a friend or in the single player races. I think with the lack of depth, the title could’ve easily been more of a contender at a lower price point and would have probably swayed other reviewer’s opinions. On the other hand, if you don’t find yourself having fun like a little kid with Excite Truck, you probably have no soul.
70
Factornews (Feb 21, 2007)
Excite Truck s'avère être un bonne surprise, un jeu au gameplay à la fois brutal et technique mais dont le contenu quelque peu léger transforme la surprise en joie éphémère, voire même en petite déception. Toutefois, pour une petite cinquantaine d'euros, il y a là de quoi vraiment bien s'amuser en attendant des jeux plus consistants sur la nouvelle console de Nintendo.
70
Nintendo Life (Mar 15, 2007)
Excite Truck is a great game to pick up and play for 15 minutes at a time. There is no great learning curve and it’s fairly accessible for non-gamers to pick up. It does get a little samey after repeat plays and the AI in the rival trucks is virtually none existent. Still it is a good solid attempt at creating a fun racer and to that end it is well worth a look.
70
Video Game Talk (Mar 20, 2007)
Excite Truck has a simple concept. Drive your heart out. Weaving the Wii control around while trying to prevent your truck from careening out of control is undeniable fun. While the graphics and audio are not impressive in the slightest, the game play is too much fun to avoid. Recommended.
70
Excite Truck has all the staying power of an arcade game. Don’t expect a lot of replay value out of this game despite the two-player, offline, split-screen mode. And for that matter, don’t expect a lot of “play” out of it the first time through as you probably won’t want to work so hard to reach the coveted “S” ranking. A rental is recommended.
70
Still, this is a great launch title for the new hardware. It shows it off with some vivid graphics, does a marvelous job of using the features available, offers custom soundtracks with the SD cards and is accessible to anyone after a few races. Excite Truck will develop a solid fan base, and a sequel down the line with a better feature set needs to happen.
70
Gamer.nl (Mar 20, 2007)
Ondanks dat Excite Truck echt heel erg leuk is, weegt het ontbreken van een online multiplayer erg zwaar. De controller leent zich goed voor de snelle actie en wat dat betreft is het spel al geweldig om een keer aangeraakt te hebben. Echter, de levensduur is niet bevorderend met een uur of vijftien. Excite Truck is leuk, maar niet baanbrekend.
70
1UP (Nov 18, 2006)
Excite Truck is fun, but it's shallow fun. The soundtrack is stupendously bad, a horriffic 1986 tour-bus collision of Poison, White Snake, Def Leppard, and Van Halen&tribute bands. Thankfully, players with a SD card can plant their own custom tunes in the game, while those without are highly recommended to turn the music setting down to zero. And it doesn't look like much either, with a slightly inconsistent framerate (don't tease us by going up to 60 fps for a couple seconds before dropping back down) and various environmental fade-ins...and it looks really old in splitscreen multiplayer.
68
GameSpot (Nov 14, 2006)
Excite Truck's control and speed give it a good amount of potential, but there just isn't enough of a game here to keep you excited for very long. Ultimately, it feels more like a tech demo than a full-fledged game.
60
Diehard GameFan (Feb 08, 2007)
Excitetruck bears the name of an NES classic, but doesn’t deliver the same experience. It’s a fun game that makes simple but fun use of the Wii Remote, but never really reaches the next level. It feels like it was a racing tech demo for the new controller that was fleshed out with a few more tracks and trucks and put out on the market. The best first party software is still to come, but Excitetruck is fun enough to warrant some time before that happens.
60
GamerDad (Apr 29, 2007)
In fact, that just about sums up Excite Truck. It definitely gets the adrenaline pumping as you bounce around the tracks, and it controls amazingly well. There's just not much to it, and you'll be left wanting more a common complaint with games that launch with a new console. Hopefully a real sequel will soon be announced to build on what is a solid foundation.
60
UOL Jogos (Nov 24, 2006)
"Excite Truck" é um jogo divertido e que oferece certo teor de desafio, mas sem nenhuma grande característica a destacar, o que faz dele uma boa opção para a safra inicial do Wii, mas é provável que, daqui algum tempo, títulos mais criativos releguem-no ao esquecimento. Se você gosta de corridas radicais e não está à espera de um divisor de águas para o gênero, "Excite Truck" é garantia de boas - mas não muitas - horas de entretenimento.
60
Jeuxvideo.com (Feb 13, 2007)
Excite Truck n'est ni bon ni mauvais. Il est original, fun et plutôt bien pensé mais n'exploite pas tout son potentiel. Développé avec le frein à main, le jeu conserve une marge de progression très importante pour peu que soient réglés quelques soucis çà et là, entre une jouabilité un peu chaotique par moments et un contenu vraiment trop maigre.
60
Mansized (Feb 24, 2007)
It’s a shame that there’s not much to get stuck into. What’s here is a lot of fun, but don’t expect the muddy thrills to last long.
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GameSpy (Nov 15, 2006)
Overall though, Nintendo and Monster Games did a good job of making Excite Truck a novel, if slightly forgettable, racer for the Wii. Like I said at the beginning of the review, I highly doubt Excite Truck will standout in anyone's memory past the end of the year. The lack of decent multiplayer and total lack of online play hurt the longevity, but if you absolutely need a racer to play at launch, you can't really do any better than this one.
50
Game Revolution (Nov 20, 2006)
And with a fifty dollar price tag, it’s hard to really get behind Excite Truck. It’s a fun game with great control, a portent of good things to come, but sports a bargain title’s worth of content while asking for a full price. This would’ve been much better as a package deal, but at such a high price, Excite Truck works best as a rental car.