Every gamer has their own dream games, something that they have never thought they will be playing because it never was available. That’s what Spintires: MudRunner is to me, a game dream coming true. Spintires is an off-road simulation game which let players drive all kinds of heavy machinery and complete challenges to extreme terrains and different weather conditions. The game has been developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive.
Spintires: Mudrunner is a unique simulation game. Some players may recognize its name as the game was originally released on PC back in 2014, but there were some issues between the creator, Pavel Zagrebelnyj and the publisher for that release, Oovee. Pavel Zagrebelnyj didn’t sit with his hands crossed and he created the game from the ground with his colleagues at Saber Interactive and with a new publisher Focus Home Interactive who were interested to help the team, so here we have Spintires: MudRunner on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Spintires: Mudrunner players will be able to drive different off-road vehicles such as jeeps, cars, trucks, fuel trucks, pickup trucks, trucks with cranes, maintenance vehicles, and so much more.
You will start Spintires by playing the tutorial which shows you how to drive and handle your vehicles in those hard conditions. After you finish the tutorial, you will be playing the challenges which are basically the second part of the tutorial, you will learn how to pull other vehicles from water or mud if stuck, you will learn how to collect and deliver logs, you will learn how to fuel and fix your vehicles and so much more which can prove useful later on. If you finish the challenges with three stars each (that’s not mandatory) that means that you are a master of the Off-Road and you are ready for the next part.
If you finish the challenges, then you are ready for the meat of the game. You can play the single-player mode where you will put everything you have learned into practice. The main objective of the game is always to collect and deliver logs to a location. You will be able to drive some vehicles and equip them in the garage with what you feel is important to the scenario. For example, you can equip your jeeps with a spare wheel and a trunk which includes repair points and fuel for your other vehicles. In addition, you can equip your trucks with fuel tanks, utility carriages, garages, log carriages, cranes to carry logs and so much more useful equipment. The single-player mode offers six different locations which will put your mind to test and make you think what’s the better strategy to capture the logs. I won’t spoil the locations, but they sure offer lots of mud and water to go through with your vehicles.
Finally, the game includes a Multiplayer mode where you can play your friends or random people online and drive together and collect and deliver logs.
Spintires: MudRunner gameplay is pretty straightforward, but it can be kind of hard to master for some people. Players will drive through tons of mud and water which means pretty hard handling of the vehicles and plus you can get stuck pretty easily in there. You can use the gearbox of your vehicle manually and automatically, all choices are available in the game thanks to a press of a button. You will be also able to switch each vehicle thanks to a few button presses no matter the location you left the vehicle. Finally, you will drive on every weather condition night and day except snow.
The gameplay is very great, fun and enjoyable if you are into this kind of games, Even if you aren’t interested, you may like it. It’s something very unique.
Saber Interactive has made a great work with the graphics of the game. The physics where you can see your tires into the mud and water is so great. It’s definitely not an easy task to design great physics in a game like this, but Saber managed to pull it off successfully. The only negatives are that the interiors of the vehicles are really lacking, plus the camera modes can be kind of clunky. The graphics of the game are spectacular overall.
The sound of Spintires: MudRunner is alright. The vehicles and the movements of the physics sound exactly like they are supposed to. However, you will need to set your own music tracks, as the game doesn’t include any music except the menus and the sound of nature.
I give Spintires: Mudrunner a solid 9/10 as it’s a beautiful and an amazing simulation game which is done completely right. If you are into driving heavy machinery and making a strategy on how to collect and deliver logs then you will have a very fun time and it will keep you occupied for many hours. If you aren’t into all this, then you can learn and have a great time too. If you love simulation games then it’s a must-have for the collection.
***Reviewer’s note: A game copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of the review.