18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker

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18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker
18 Wheeler American Pro Trucker cover art.jpg
Arcade flyer
Developer(s) Sega AM2[a]
Publisher(s) Sega[b]
Composer(s) Keisuke Tsukahara
Tomoya Koga
Platform(s) Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube
Release Arcade
  • JP: July 26, 2000
  • NA: November 22, 2000
Dreamcast
  • JP: October 12, 2000
  • NA: May 22, 2001
  • PAL: June 1, 2001
PlayStation 2
  • NA: November 14, 2001
  • PAL: November 23, 2001
  • JP: December 5, 2002
Nintendo GameCube
  • NA: February 18, 2002
  • PAL: May 31, 2002
  • JP: September 12, 2002
Genre(s) Vehicle simulation, action
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Arcade system Sega NAOMI

18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker is an arcade game developed by Sega AM2 and distributed by Sega. The game was released in arcades in 2000 and ported to the Dreamcast in 2001. It was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2001 and Nintendo GameCube in 2002 by Acclaim Entertainment. Sega followed up on the success of 18 Wheeler with a sequel, The King of Route 66, which was released in the arcades in 2002 and ported to the PlayStation 2. This was one of the final arcade video games ports to be on the Dreamcast after its discontinuation before Sega became a third party developer.

Gameplay[edit]

Players start the game going from New York City, New York to Key West, Florida (shown here) hauling a fuel tanker.

The main purpose of the game is to make it to the finish line with the truck's cargo. Players are given a set amount of time, but can ram into special vans that will add three seconds to the timer. There are several characters to choose from, each with a unique truck and attributes.

The game starts out in New York City, New York and players travel across the United States of America, ending in San Francisco, California. After Stage 1, the game gives the player a choice of trailer. One trailer is harder to haul, but provides a bigger payoff while the other choice is easier to haul but provides a smaller payoff. Money is deducted from the total when the trailer is hit. Players can sound the truck's horn to make other cars on the road yield and slipstream behind large vehicles to gain a momentary speed boost.

In addition to the time limit, players also compete with the "Lizard Tail", a rival trucker. Crossing the finish line before the Lizard Tail yields additional money. In between levels, players can park the truck in a minigame to earn more cash and upgrades for their truck, such as an improved horn.

Ports[edit]

The first port of the game was released on the Dreamcast. Released by Sega, it is faithful to its arcade counterpart, but the voice actors for the characters were changed and it lacks the arcade's cross-country map loading screens. One of the selectable truckers in the arcade version, Nippon Maru was now made available as an unlockable character. A split screen multiplayer mode was added, allowing two players to race against each other. The game was released by Acclaim Entertainment (who also released Sega's Ferrari F355 Challenge on the Dreamcast) on the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube after Sega stopped making consoles and became a software based company.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
DreamcastGCPS2
AllGame2/5 stars[1]2/5 stars[2]N/A
Edge6/10[3]N/AN/A
EGM6.33/10[4]5.5/10[5]N/A
Game Informer8.5/10[6]6/10[7]7.25/10[8]
GamePro4/5 stars[9]2/5 stars[10]N/A
Game RevolutionC[11]N/AN/A
GameSpot6.5/10[12]4.6/10[13]6.3/10[14]
GameSpy6.5/10[15]68%[16]N/A
GameZoneN/A4.5/10[17]6/10[18]
IGN7.8/10[19]5/10[20]5.5/10[21]
Nintendo PowerN/A2.8/5[22]N/A
OPM (US)N/AN/A3/5 stars[23]
BBC SportN/AN/A72%[24]
Maxim6/10[25]N/AN/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic67/100[26]52/100[27]61/100[28]

The home versions of the game received "mixed or average reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[26][27][28]

AllGame gave the arcade version a score of three stars out of five and stated that it "does have a fairly thorough scoring system that some will take to, but it lacks the gameplay that great arcade titles such as Crazy Taxi possess. That isn't to say it's a bad game: it's beautiful to behold and will give you short term thrills, but it isn't one that you'll find yourself coming back to again and again after you've thrown down a couple of dollars playing it. In the end, it's a fun but short ride."[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  27. ^ a b "18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  28. ^ a b "18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  29. ^ Thompson, Jon. "18-Wheeler: American Pro Trucker (ARC) - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 6 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  1. ^ Ported to PlayStation 2 and GameCube by Acclaim Studios Cheltenham.
  2. ^ The PlayStation 2 and GameCube versions were published by Acclaim Entertainment.

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