Excite Truck

Common Sense Media says

Outrageous, high-flying auto racing for all ages.





What parents need to know

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Violence & scariness

Players are rewarded for crashes and one game mode encourages players to crash into other trucks; the trucks roll and dent without graphic damage.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this racing game showcases big crashes and rewards players for smashing into other trucks. Players can also throw competitors into the air or knock them off course by altering the racecourse during a race. The action is always cartoon-ish, though, and the wrecks never involve more than a few parts flying off the vehicles. The use of the Wii controller as a steering wheel is innovative, but it may take awhile for some players to get used to it.

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What's it about?

Like the motocross motorcycles of the Excite Bike games, the trucks in EXCITE TRUCK spend almost as much time flying through the air as they do zooming along the track. To control these jumping jalopies, players hold the Wii remote sideways and turn it as if it were a steering wheel, with one button for gas and one for brakes. Players' skills will be put to the test on 20 tracks spread over five countries. Each track is a jumbled collection of ramps and obstacles, and the landscape constantly shifts and evolves over the course of a race. Advancing through the game is not strictly tied to winning, but rather to collecting stars in each race.

Is it any good?


Excite Truck is one of the least realistic racing games in recent memory, and that's a good thing. The over-the-top action and good use of the Wii controller combine to make this one of the best games available close to the launch of Nintendo's Wii system.

Between the controls and the shifting tracks, Excite Truck might sound complicated, but the races and controls are actually pretty forgiving. In fact, serious racing-game fans might find Excite Truck to be a bit easy. The game does have two difficulty levels, but many players will see all the tracks in a few hours' time. But for players interested in short blasts of arcade-style racing, Excite Truck should provide plenty of fast, fantastic action.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the best way to win a race. Do players like to drive as skillfully and as quickly as they can, or do they enjoy knocking other racers off course in order to win? Families can also discuss safe driving and contrast the game's over-the-top action with the responsibilities of real driving.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 26, 2006
ESRB rating:E for mild violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

THis game is fun

Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

A great racing game from start to finish!

Exicite truck is a great wii game that every racer fan should have. You might be thinking it's a average racing game and all you do is go to start to finish. You are wronge! It depends on stars. You get these stars by beging high up in the air, landing nice, running though trees without getting hurt and drifts. It's a very different than other racing games and using the wii remote what else could you ask for!
Adult Written byTheScottSwanson April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Easy to get started... Lots of fun.

Excite Truck is a great game for young children because it doesn't require many precise, controlled movements. Half of the fun in the game is leaving the track to earn stars for tree runs, huge jumps, and crashes. Although I have not looked closely, I cannot see any human drivers in the game. The cartoon-like scenery and the physics-defying motion also serve to tell kids that this is a game, not a simulation of real life. Because of this, I would not have described the game as "violent".


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