Excite Truck

Game review by
Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media
Excite Truck Game Poster Image
Outrageous, high-flying auto racing for all ages.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
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.

Language
Consumerism

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTheScottSwanson April 9, 2008

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... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bythat_one_guy726 April 9, 2008

Thrilling

The adults out there might remember the old Excite Bike. Excite Truck is a "sequel" supposedly based on the same concept. The thrill of Excite Bike... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bymkalv October 22, 2010

Racing game is entertaining

I like this racing game. It was my first ever racing game for the Wii. The controls can ve complicated, though.

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: November 26, 2006
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for mild violence

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